asics Greenville Track Club-ELITE - a post-collegiate, Olympic development program
ASICS Greenville Track Club-ELITE sent two athletes to Friday evening's Main Street Mile as part of the Governor's Cup race weekend in Columbia, SC. Austin Steagall took the lead after the turn-around point on the out-and-back one mile course and led until the final 20 meters, when he was passed by the Atlanta Track Club Elite's James Dwyer. The former Clemson star won in 4:11 to Steagall's 4:12 (as road times are rounded to the next full second). Dwyer earned $500 for the victory, while Steagall took home $400 for his second placing. Kenyan Cyrus Korir, who was one of the early leaders, was third in 4:14 ($300). Former Penn State star Robby Creese took fourth ($200) with a time of 4:17 and Kenyan Patrick Cheptoek was fifth (4:20/$100).
Kenyans Soppy Jepchirchir and Susan Jerotich, who now reside in Chapel Hill, NC, were first and second among the elite women with times of 4:46 and 4:52, earning $500 and $400 respectively. Atlantans Christy Cazzola and Janel Blancett were third (4:54/$300) and fourth (4:55/$200). ASICS GTC-ELITE's Alison Parris ran 4:57 for fifth place and earned $100.
GTC-ELITE produced four qualifiers for the 2016 USA Olympic Trials Marathon in Los Angeles and 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.