Friday, August 10, 2012

Movin Shoes Elite Development Program winds the season down

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So the 2012 Track and Field season is finally running down, and it gives us a chance to ponder what it meant to us at Movin Shoes Running Centers.

This season marked the first year of our unique Elite Development Program, and we could not have been more excited at the results. The season began relatively slowly in terms of mark progressions, but finished in a flurry and we have some AMAZING achievements from the athletes we are working with.

Kelly Fogarty and Stephanie LeFever, both 2012 graduates of UC San Diego and the Tritons, each hit qualifying marks for the 2012 US Olympic Trials after massive personal records at the end of the season.  Kelly, a 200m specialist, achieve an Olympic B Standard along the way, but was not selected to compete in Eugene because of the strength of that event in the US.  Stephanie was selected to compete and made the trip to Eugene and competed at the Trials!  We were so excited and know that this was just a stepping stone.

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Then the big news came when Christine Sonali Merrill was selected to compete for Sri Lanka in the 400m Hurdles in London!  What an honor!  She ran a season best and moved from being ranked 40th of 42 on entry marks to finishing 30th. Merrill, the Sri Lankan National Record Holder, returns to San Diego in less than a week with what will be amazing stories of an Olympic experience.

We expect to make some big announcements about the program in the coming weeks, but for now we are excited to be adding two new elements.

  1. We will have a B Level qualifying standard to do even more to support and promote post-collegiate Track and Field
  2. We have added a couple of new amazing A Level athletes to the program already in Jackie Rose (400m) and Nick Howe (Javelin)
We expect continued success from the current members who are all returning, and look to see even more success for the team with our new 2013 additions.

For now, enjoy some of the news coverage our program received in 2012:

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