The club started the year with the largest class of new athletes since our founding. Joining veteran Lucas Manring as first team athletes were Shane Niksic, Megan Wagenaar and Kenyon Butler. Fabian Ng competed with the club in fall 2015 during his time as an international exchange student. The new athletes meant a wave of debuts and PRs at meets throughout Texas. Megan Wagenaar led the way with a series of personal bests in the 800m throughout the spring.
a year of transitions
The year began with a large turnover among the club's athletes, coach and manager. George Perry took the helm as manager and coach. Noah Moos brought his athletes Natalie Picchetti, Sarah Madebach and Danielle Burke under the Austin TC umbrella as well. The club began its partnerships with Skechers Performance and Biosteel Sports in the first half of the year, followed soon after by Zensah. Throughout the year the club expanded its reach in the then-emerging field of sports technology, establishing itself as a source of feedback and early adoption for startups in the space.
The club was incorporated for the first time, becoming the first sports team to form as a low-profit limited liability corporation. In doing so, the Austin TC became the only for-profit, independent professional track and field team in the United States. In May, the club presented the Red Sock Relays to raise money for two victims of the Boston Marathon bombing. In another first, the club was called upon to prepare Texas School for the Deaf alumni Delvin Furlough and Kyle Winter to compete in the 2013 Deaflympics in Sofia, Bulgaria. The two combined for four medals (2 individual, 2 relay) for Team USA.
Leo manzano wins olympic silver; club expands national profile
Leo Manzano won the United States' first Olympic medal in the 1500m since 1964 at the London Summer Games. His thrilling race was one of the highlights for Team USA, as much for its significance as his thrilling final lap. In December 2012, the club expanded beyond training into the business side of track and field, presenting the Professional Track and Field Summit. This first-of-a-kind event arose from conversations between club manager Jake Mose and new-comer George Perry. The two recognized that people across the country were all having the same conversations about the commercial state of the sport, but there was little cooperation or initiative on the issues. The Summit brought together professional athletes, coaches and business people to assess the sport's commercial and governance issues, and lay out a road for new initiatives.
university of texas athlete-alumni come together as Austin Track Club
After a spell in Eugene, OR, with Oregon Track Club Elite, steeplechaser Jake Morse returned to Austin. His former University of Texas teammates - including Leo Manzano, Trey Hardee, Jacob Hernandez and Kyle Miller -were all training in Austin for the next Olympic cycle. Morse brought these athletes and their coach, Ryan Ponsonby, together as the Austin Track Club. Elite mid-distance runners from around the country, including Shannon Rowbury, David Torrance and Lea Wallace, spent part of the year training in Austin with the new club.