The Greenville Track Club (GTC) has developed an elite running team that will allow top distance racing athletes to train and continue to compete in their post-collegiate career. The program started this past fall with rigorous standards set for attracting exceptionally gifted runners ( See the Qualifying Standards for selected race distances: http://www.gtc-elite.org/qualifying-standards.html). GTC-Elite will be coached by husband and wife, Mike and Laura Caldwell, who bring to the program illustrious racing careers along with experiences developing top runners at both the prep and collegiate levels.
Heading into 2013, two athletes have been selected to GTC-Elite, Wallace Campbell and Adam Freudenthal.
A native of Alabama, Campbell has become a household name in the South Carolina road running scene in recent years with a handful of impressive performances at highly competitive races. A graduate of Bucknell University in 2008, Campbell has been competing for the Clemson Running Club while working on his post-graduate studies. During that time, he has developed into not only one of the top runners in the state, but also in the entire Southeast region. He is a reigning four-time winner in the prestigious Greenville News Downtown Run 5k (setting a course record 14:51 in 2012). This past Thanksgiving, Campbell blew away the competition at the Atlanta Half Marathon in a time of 1:08:10, more than two full minutes ahead of the second place finisher in the 7,645 field of runners.
“We believe Wallace will be a great fit for our program as he trains to attain his and our goals in events from the 5,000 to ultimately the marathon,” said coach Mike Caldwell.
Campbell’s personal bests include:
- Mile: 4:09 (track)
- 3k: 8:14 (track)
- 5k: 14:30 (track)
- 10k: 30:25 (road)
- Half marathon: 1:08:10
He is also the only South Carolina resident to run sub-15 minutes in a 5k road race this year, doing it twice (14:51 at the Greenville News Downtown Run in January and 14:56 at the Anderson Midnight Flight in August where he also doubled up in the 10k with a remarkable 31:56 showing).
From 2008-2012, Adam Freudenthal was a standout in the Big South Conference where he earned several All-Conference honors on Winthrop’s cross country and track teams. He began his professional running career in October and has since appeared in several South Carolina road races.
“We are very pleased to have someone with Adam’s ability and potential be the initial member of what we believe will become one of the region’s and nation’s top post-collegiate training groups,” lauded coach Caldwell. “He will be the catalyst for the GTC-ELITE as we continue to develop an optimal training environment in the Greenville area that will allow top post-collegiate athletes to pursue their dreams.”
Freudenthal’s personal bests:
- 3k (indoor track) 8:23 at Big South Indoor Conference, February 2012
- 5k (indoor track)14:32 at Big South Indoor Conference, February 2012
- 10k (track) 31:12 at Big South Outdoor Conference, April 2012
- 4mi 19:14 at Team Time Trial, December 2011
- 8K (road) 24:13 at Charlotte Turkey Trot, November 2012 (overall winner and course record)
- 8k XC 24:28 at Big South Conference October 2011
- Half Marathon 1:08:39 at Kiawah Island December 2012 (overall winner)
In his first Greenville Track Club event, Freudenthal placed first at the Spinx Runfest Big Pumpkin 5k (15:35) in late October.
Campbell and Freudenthal are slated to compete in the Greenville News Downtown Run 5k on January 19, 2013. Their only head-to-head race so far was on October 6, 2012 when Campbell edged his GTC-Elite teammate by sixteen seconds (15:00 to 15:16) at the 6th Annual Benson Twilight 5k in Greer.
See www.GTC-ELITE.org for further information on the emerging program.