Yesterday found the conclusion of active recruiting for 2015’s Nebraska Run Guru Elite. The last of Willie’s Golden Tickets.
And with that I’d like to introduce Grant Wintheiser as our newest Good Mate. A combination of serendipity, tenacity, and passion brings the 2014 DIII XC National Champion out of St. Olaf College in Minnesota to us. He’s got the wheels with a 23:48 8K personal best. And a desire to be In It To Win It. A first year medical student studying in Omaha. He’ll be here for a while.
Our group run Sunday morning, followed by Bar None Breakfast, was the culmination of a lot of work by a lot of people. Not the least Kyle Clouston and his road dog Pete Kostelnick. While they weren’t at the run, there is no doubting that the club couldn’t be in this great position without them. Also our NRGE, Inc. Board of Directors. And our sponsors, The Lincoln Marathon, Stodden Physical Therapy, and Nebraska Run Guru Events, LLC.
First up is bringing the Living History Farms trophy back to Nebraska. I’m only slightly altering my prediction of next month’s classic results. I’ve already declared we’ll have the overall winner, I now boldly prognosticate the top 3 finishers will all sport our kit. Is top 5 overall a possibility? Oh yeah baby!
L to R, Kevin Joerger, Grant Wintheiser, your scribe, Drew Prescott, and Jay Welp. These cats will rise head and shoulders above. This is how we do it.
Add in this fierce young man, Al Sanabria, and you have our Elite Class, 2015.
Jay, a Real Student of our sport, points out that we now have DI, DII, DIII, and NAIA talent propping up the effort to rewrite the Nebraska distance running record books.
And me, I’d like to point out that we are not only the most talented, but also the youngest club with all 5 of these dudes in their early 20s. Going to be a Very Fun 2016!