Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Utah Elite Signs Two New Athletes

AMERICAN FORK, Utah – At the beginning of its second season, Utah Elite has added two new runners to its impressive assemblage of Utah-based runners.  Jason Holt, a native of Fort Collins, Colorado, and Nate Ogden, originally from Chico, California, join the team with impressive track and cross-country credentials and coming off of notable careers in the NCAA Division I ranks.  Utah Elite is an elite, post-collegiate team created to support Utah’s great pool of distance-running talent in a sport which offers little to no assistance after college.  The Utah Elite roster currently includes athletes from all of Utah’s six Division I schools. 
As a former BYU standout, Nate Ogden consistently found himself in the top tier of the NCAA long-distance ranks.  His 2010 outdoor track season included ending the season with the 31st fastest time in the country in the 10,000m (29:12) and the 34th fastest in the 5,000m (13:52).  Perhaps one of his greatest accomplishments of the 2011 track season was his victory at the Notre Dame Alex Wilson Invitational (13:51) which placed him 23rd on the NCAA descending-order list.  After a successful career at BYU, Nate is planning on entering the road-racing scene and taking on the famous St. George Marathon this fall.
Jason Holt was a valuable asset to the Aggies of Utah State over the past few years where he finished his senior season as the WAC champion in the 800m in both indoor and outdoor track.  Despite focusing on the mid-distance events at USU, Jason boasts impressive range with national-caliber PRs from the 800 (1:48) to the 10k, running a 30:12 for 10k at the NCAA Mountain Regional Cross-Country Championships at his hometown in Fort Collins, CO.  Jason’s goals for the upcoming year includes trying his hand at the half-marathon distance over the next few months then transition back to the track in the spring to look for a qualifying mark for the 2012 Olympic Trials in the 800m.

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