Inaugural Strides for Students 5k at Grove City Premium Outlets

Grove City, PA – The inaugural Strides for Students 5k and Club Challenge will take place on Sunday, August 12th at 8:00 AM at the Grove City Premium Outlets. All ability levels of runners and walkers are welcome to participate. All participants will receive discounts on shopping at the Outlets after the race. In addition, there will be a vendor village featuring TeAmo Organic Peruvian Tea, Track Coasters, and screenings by Wise Physical Therapy & Sports Medicine. There will also be a DJ and a prize raffle. Refreshments will be provided. This race supports the Simon Youth Foundation, a non-profit organization that helps at-risk teens graduate from high school. Come out for a morning of fun and fitness and support a great cause!

The course is flat and fast, consisting of 2 loops around the Grove City Premium Outlets and one loop around the back parking lot. The inside lane is closed to traffic. The outlets do not open until 10:00 AM so the traffic will be minimal. 


In order for your club team to score, you must have 4-6 runners. Only the top 4 runners will be factored into the team scoring. Team scoring will follow traditional cross country style scoring. All runners that are not a member of a team will be excluded from the team scoring. Your club may enter A, B, and C teams.

The top men’s and women’s club team will win $100 and the top male and female finishers will receive $75 each. Current youth, high school, or collegiate runners will not be eligible for prize money in order to maintain eligibility. Winning teams and individual winners will also receive free entry to next year’s event. Special trophies will be given to the winning teams. Custom medals will be given to the top 3 Overall Male and Female Finishers, plus the top 3 in each of the following age categories: 12 & Under, 13-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60 & Over. 

You can register online at or Race day registration will be open from 6:30-7:45 am. The race-day fee is $30 ($25 for ages 12 & Under and 60 & Over).




WCTC Wins Van Wert 4 Mile

Van Wert, OH – Wolf Creek Track Club (WCTC) defeated a talented field of top Mid-Western clubs at the Van Wert 4 Mile Post Collegiate Border Battle on Saturday night! This is WCTC’s first team Championship since they won the Pittsburgh Marathon Relay in May and the club’s 6th team title in its three year history.

James Ngandu, last year’s NCAA DII XC and 10,000 meter Champion, completed the course in a time of 18:06, an average pace of 4:31 per mile. Kiprop Mutai claimed 2nd overall in 18:30, while Team Ohio’s Aiman Scullion placed 3rd overall in 18:44. Playmakers’ Mitchell Klingler took 4th overall in 19:01, while Wolf Creek Track Club’s Juris Silenieks (North Hills HS/Syracuse) rounded out the top 5 in a time of 19:12. Juris now holds the WCTC record in the 4 Mile.

Despite both Playmakers’ and Team Ohio’s top runner placing ahead of WCTC’s top runner, WCTC was able to win with a tight pack. In addition to Juris, WCTC put three more runners in the top 10 overall including Daniel Jaskowak (Grove City HS/ Virginia Tech) who took 7th overall in 19:22, Nick Edinger (Mars HS/Geneva College) placed 8th in 19:52 , and Ryan Thomspon (Slippery Rock HS/ SRU) claimed 10th in 20:09, while Theo Reynolds (Warrior Run HS/ SRU) rounded out the team with a 16th place finish in a time of 20:43. This was a terrific performance by WCTC. 

For full Van Wert Results:

Wolf Creek Track Club athletes will be competing next in various local 5ks in the next few weeks before they gather again for the Strides for Students 5k and Club Challenge at the Grove City Premium Outlets on Sunday, August 12th at 8:00 am. Prize money will be offered to the top male and female finisher and the top men’s and women’s club team. Travel accommodations are available for club teams traveling to the event. Contact or call 724-831-9485 for more details.


Edinger Attempts a World Record


New York City – Wolf Creek Track Club member, Nick Edinger, of Mars, PA is competing in the Armory NYC Indoor Marathon World Record Challenge hosted by New York Road Runners tomorrow (March 17, 2018) at 12:00 PM Eastern Time at the Armory Track in Manhattan. The race will consist of 211 laps around the banked 200-meter track. Five men will attempt to set a new world record at this event for the 3rd year in a row. The current indoor marathon world record of 2:21:48 belongs to Chris Zablocki of Essex, CT.  Zablocki is one of the five runners competing tomorrow. Nick has run 2:20:32 outdoors so he should certainly be in contention with a good race.  New York Road Runners is offering prize money for tomorrow’s top finishers. The winner will receive a check for $3,000 and an additional $4,000 if he breaks the world record. The second place finisher will receive $2,000 and another $1,000 if he also breaks the previous world record.  The third place runner will receive $1,000. Good Luck Nick!

The race will be Live Streamed.



* Photo by JL Photography & Design

Recap of USATF Olympic Trials

I traveled to Eugene, Oregon this past week for the United States Track & Field Olympic Trials.  The 10 day meet took place from July 1-10. As always this highly competitive meet was very chaotic and surprising with many big names failing to make the Olympic team and many newcomers making their first team. High school students Vashti Cunningham and Sydney McLaughlin are going to Rio while veterans Sanya Richards-Ross, Trey Hardee, and Aylsia Montano are not. 41 year old Bernard Lagat won the 5,000m with a 52.8 second final 400 just days after dropping out of the 10,000m. Brenda Martinez came back and made the 1500m team after missing the 800m team due to a crash in the last turn of the final.  Favorites like Galen Rupp, Aston Eaton, Jenny Simpson, Molly Huddle, Evan Jager, and Emma Coburn were all able to win the events they were expected to win.  My favorite race of the meet was the mens 800m final where this year’s NCAA 1500m champion Clayton Murphy perfectly executed his race strategy to take the US title over the favorite Boris Berian.  I am now a Clayton Murphy fan and he is the future of US middle distance running.

Tracktown is a great place to visit especially during big meets such as the Olympic Trials, US Championships, or NCAA Championships.  In 2021 Hayward Field will be hosting the IAAF World Championships so you should think about getting tickets to that.  Eugene is all about track and offers hundreds of miles of walking and jogging paths and trails all across the city and the neighboring city of Springfield.  The most popular of these trails sits in Alton Baker Park near the University of Oregon and is made of tree bark chips.  The trail is named after the late great University of Oregon runner and 1972 Olympian Steve Prefontaine.  Eugene is a great place. If you are a real track fan you need to go to Eugene and attend a meet at Hayward Field and experience Tracktown. 

US Men Going to Rio

100: Justin Gatlin, Trayvon Bromell, Marvin Bracy
110H: Devon Allen, Ronnie Ash, Jeff Porter
200: Justin Gatlin, LaShawn Merritt, Ameer Webb

400: LaShawn Merritt, Gil Roberts, David Verburg
400H: Kerron Clement, Byron Robinson, Michael Tinsley
800: Clayton Murphy, Boris Berian, Charles Jock
1500: Matt Centrowitz, Robbie Andrews, Ben Blankenship
3K SC: Evan Jager, Hillary Bor, Donn Cabral
5K: Bernard Lagat, Hassan Mead, Paul Chelimo
10K: Galen Rupp, Shadrack Kipchirchir, Leonard Korir
Decathlon: Ashton Eaton, Jeremy Taiwo, Zach Ziemek
High Jump: Erik Kynard, Bradley Adkins, Ricky Robertson (Adkins and Robertson were third and sixth but the top two men behind Kynard with the standard)
Shot Put: Ryan Crouser, Joe Kovacs, Darrell Hill
Discus Throw: Mason Finley, Tavis Bailey, Andrew Evans
Triple Jump: Will Claye, Christian Taylor, Chris Benard
Long Jump: Jeff Henderson, Jarrion Lawson, Marquis Dendy (Will Claye was third but doesn’t have the Olympic standard)
Pole Vault: Sam Kendricks, Cale Simmons, Logan Cunningham
Javelin Throw: Cyrus Hostetler, Sam Crouser, Sean Furey (Curtis Thompson and Riley Dolezal were second and third but don’t have the Olympic standard)
Marathon: Galen Rupp, Meb Keflezighi, Jared Ward
50K Racewalk: John Nunn

US Women Going to Rio

100: English Gardner, Tori Bowie, Tianna Bartoletta
100H: Brianna Rollins, Kristi Castlin, Nia Ali
200: Tori Bowie, Deajah Stevens, Jenna Prandini
400: Allyson Felix, Phyllis Francis, Natasha Hastings
400H: Dalilah Muhammad, Ashley Spencer, Sydney McLaughlin
800: Kate Grace, Ajee Wilson, Chrishuna Williams
1500: Jenny Simpson, Shannon Rowbury, Brenda Martinez
3K SC: Emma Coburn, Colleen Quigley, Courtney Frerichs
5K: Shelby Houlihan, Kim Conley, Abbey D’Agostino (winner Molly Huddle and fourth-place finisher Emily Infeld are only running the 10K at the Olympics)
10K: Molly Huddle, Emily Infeld, Marielle Hall
Pole Vault: Jenn Suhr, Sandi Morris, Lexi Weeks
Discus Throw: Whitney Ashley, Shelbi Vaughan, Kelsey Card
Long Jump: Brittney Reese, Tianna Bartoletta, Janay DeLoach
High Jump: Chaunte Lowe, Vashti Cunningham, Inika McPherson
Hammer Throw: Amber Campbell, Gwen Berry, Deanna Price
Javelin Throw: Maggie Malone, Kara Winger, Brittany Borman (Hannah Carson was second but doesn’t have the standard)
20K Racewalk: Maria Michta-Coffey, Miranda Melville
Triple Jump: Keturah Orji, Christina Epps, Andrea Geubelle
Shot Put: Michelle Carter, Raven Saunders, Felisha Johnson
Heptathlon: Barbara Nwaba, Heather Miller-Koch, Kendell Williams
Marathon: Amy Cragg, Desi Linden, Shalane Flanagan

Complete Results

Videos of Men’s Finals

Videos of Women’s Finals

Pictures I took at the Meet

What Does it Mean to be a USA Track & Field Member Club?

USA Track & Field is the governing body of the sports of track & field, long distance running, and race walking in the United States.  Its mission is to “foster sustained competitive excellence, interest, and participation in the sports of track & field, long distance running, and race walking.”  USATF member clubs are instrumental in moving this mission forward.  

Track & field and distance running are sports that have a very diverse set of participants and this is evident just by looking at individual clubs.  There are some clubs that are ages 18 & under only, some clubs are comprised of runners only of an elite ability level, some are primarily road racing and long distance focused and some combine a healthy mix of all the above.  Whatever the specific goal or focus of each USATF member club is, it is helping brighten the future of the sport in this country.

Over the past decade, USATF has constantly been improving and adding to the opportunities for club athletes.  They have instituted a large number of national championships ranging from the road to the track to cross country for all ages.  The most popular event today is USATF Club XC National Championships.  This meet is held every December and is the ultimate USATF member club competition. This year it is being held in Tallahassee, FL and we would like to take a group of Wolf Creek Track Club members down to experience it. Non USATF member clubs cannot compete in this or any of USATF’s other events.

Currently both of our club directors are USATF certified coaches and the Wolf Creek Track Club is in good standing with USATF.

Wolf Creek Track Club Wins the 2016 Pittsburgh Marathon Relay

PittsburghMarathonRelayOn Sunday, May 1st, a team of five Wolf Creek Track Club members won the FedEx Pittsburgh Marathon Relay in a time of 2:31:22 (5:46/mile). The team featured Bryce Nelson, Ben English, Brandon Wise, Ryan Budnik, and Andrew Mascio. Nelson led off for the club with a 4.2 mile leg before handing off to English for a 4.9 mile segment. After that, Wise took over for 6.2 miles until he handed off to Budnik. Budnik raced for 6.7 miles before handing off to Mascio for the final 4.2 miles to the finish.

The club’s toughest challenge came from the Federated Investors Men’s corporate team who finished in a time of 2:42:05 (6:10/pace). “The Pittsburgh Marathon Relay is such a fun and exciting event to compete in because the atmosphere is amazing – there’s thousands of people cheering you on and it’s just a really cool feeling – there’s nothing quite like it,” said Mascio. He went on to say, “I’m really proud of the guys on this team most of whom raced the prior day. I look forward to participating in this event again next year.”