asics Greenville Track Club-ELITE - a post-collegiate, Olympic development program
Three ASICS Greenville Track Club-ELITE athletes began their Saturday mornings with victories. Austin Steagall won his second consecutive Edouard Michelin Memorial 5K with a time of 15:03 over the out-and-back route with rolling hills. Following the "race plan" he ran with teammate Tyler Morse for the first two miles, before increasing the pace for the final kilometer. Morse easily placed second with a time of 15:22. Alison Parris won the women's title for the third time in four years as she clocked 18:18. It was the fifth consecutive year that both the men's and women's titles were won by ASICS GTC-ELITE athletes. The event was conducted at the Michelin Conference Center.
Meanwhile, up I-85 in Charlotte, NC, Kimberly Ruck was not only the women's leader, but the overall winner of the Orthocarolina 5K with a time of 17:19.
GTC-ELITE was established in 2012 and produced four qualifiers for the 2016 USA Olympic Trials Marathon in Los Angeles. The post-collegiate, Olympic development program is sponsored by ASICS, the 45-year-old Greenville Track Club, Greenville Health System, ScanSource, Joy Real Estate, the Bare Minimum Track Club, generous individual contributors and partnerships with Performance Therapy, Carolina Spine and Rehab, Soleus Running Watches, Boston Bill Sunglasses, Roll Recovery, FinalSurge, The ATI Running Academy, ElliptiGO, NormaTec Recovery Boots and Cocoa Elite recovery products.