asics Greenville Track Club-ELITE - a post-collegiate, Olympic development program
Kimberly Ruck, sporting her ASICS Greenville Track Club-ELITE uniform, took the lead from the start at the Doc Hale VT ELITE meet inside Virginia Tech's Rector Field House. She continued to lead through 1000, 1600 and 2000 meters with splits of 3:08, 5:02 and 6:18, respectively. With one lap remaining on the 200-meter track, she still led her closest competitor by a small margin of .12 second. Although increasing her pace to 36.2 on the final lap, she was passed by former University of Virginia runner Barbara Strehler, who won with a time of 9:28.47. Ruck's time of 9:28.71 was her best for 3,000 meters since her collegiate days at Clemson University.
On the previous evening, ASICS GTC-ELITE's Shawnee Carnett ran 2:13.21 to place 8th of the 24 competitors in the women's 800 meters.
GTC-ELITE is sponsored by ASICS, the 43-year old Greenville Track Club, Performance Therapy, Greenville Health System's North Greenville Hospital, ScanSource, Soleus Running Watches, Boston Bill Sunglasses, The TD Bank Foundation, The Kroc Center, Carolina Spine and Rehab, The Proaxis Running Academy, ElliptiGO, the Bare Minimum Track Club and generous individual contributors.