As the spring track season comes to a close and our athletes prepare for the Olympic Trials and summer races, we wanted to recap some highlights from our season.
Earlier this April, Katherine Ward started off the season with a 6th place finish in the 10,000m at the San Francisco State Distance Carnival. Later in the month at the historic Penn Relays, Annette Melcher finished 4th in the mile with a new PR of 4:42. Morgan Mosby also a raced among the nation’s best in the Olympic Development mile, finishing 8th.
The team had a great showing at the Hoka One-One Middle Distance Classic. Morgan Mosby ran a huge PR of 4:17.53, breaking the elite 4:20 barrier in the 1500m. Ben Payne ran 13:49 in the 5k and Matt Williams ran a season’s best of 8:45.58, in the steeplechase, the same time that qualified him to the Olympic Trials back in 2012.
Daniel Castle recorded 2 PRs in the Month of May and set a new lifetime best time of 3:40.16 in the 1500m. Check out Dan’s “Athlete of the Month article from Peak Energy Performance Therapy to read Dan’s thoughts on pain, PR’s and crazy hair selfies.
Jeremy Drenckhahn rocked the purple headband and raced to a 7th place finish at this year’s Bolder Boulder, one of the largest and most highly acclaimed 10K’s in the world.
At the 14th Annual Music City Distance Carnival, Morgan Mosby ran a season’s best of 2:09 in the 800m. Not only did she beat up on her competition, she beat the storm clouds!
Ben Payne dominated both on the roads and the track. He was the 5th American finisher, and 11th overall at the annual Lilac Bloomsday 12K Run in Spokane, Washington. At the Portland Track Festival he had a breakthrough performance on the track with a 4th place finish and PR of 28:36. At the Stumptown Twilight, the final meet before the Olympic Trials, Ben ran a new personal best of 13:44 in the 5000m. (Read Ben’s Season Recap Here).
Next up are the U.S. Olympic Track Trials, in which the top 24-32 athletes in each event are invited to Eugene, Oregon to compete for top-3 finish and spot on the Olympic Team. Annette Melcher has officially qualified and will be competing in the first round of the 800m on Friday July 1st at 4:45pm PT. Ben Payne, who’s 10,000m time is on the bubble for qualifying to the Olympic Trials is excited for his alternative plan to run the world’s largest 10k, the Peachtree Road Race, in Atlanta on July 4th. (Read the story here)
As many of you know, our Air Force athletes have been competing over the last few months as a part of the World Class Athlete Program. This program allows our nation’s top military athletes to train on a full-time basis leading up to the Olympic Trials and Games. When the 2016 season comes to an end, many of our athletes will resume their assignments in the U.S. Air Force. Although several members of the club will be re-stationed to new cities, many of them will continue to train and compete in the upcoming months and years. We wish all of our departing runners the best of luck and thank them for their service. We would also like to thank everyone who helped support Pikes Peak Elite Track Club this Olympic year including; Juli Benson Training, US Military Endurance Sports, our strength coach Carrie Lane at Peak Energy Performance Therapy, Jennifer Chee and her team at Massage Fitness, Roll Recovery, Skratch Labs and Ashley Castle Nutrition.