Salazar Says Ritzenhein Is Recovered From Marathon Trials

Dathan Ritzenhein will compete in the U.S. Cross Country Championships on February 10. Photo:

He will now switch to cross country.

The Oregonian’s Ken Goe recently chatted with coach Alberto Salazar about one of his athletes, Dathan Ritzenhein. Originally a favorite to make the U.S. Olympic Marathon team, Ritzenhein finished a disappointing fourth at the U.S. Olympic Trials Marathon in Houston last month.

Salazar was in Albuquerque, New Mexico, supervising the high-altitude training of the rest of his training group.

“He’s completely recovered,” Salazar said of Ritzenhein. “I want him to keep running.”

Ritzenhein is now eyeing the U.S. Cross Country Championships in Saint Louis on February 11.

In related news, recently turned pro Matt Centrowitz is reportedly a drop-in visitor at Salazar’s Albuquerque camp. Salazar also commented that he wants Galen Rupp to work on his speed. Rupp, who owns the American record in the 10,000m, will be running the mile at the New Balance Indoor Grand Prix in Boston on Saturday, and the two mile at the USA Track & Field Classic on Feb. 11 in Fayetteville, Arkansas.

Additionally, Irish middle-distance runner Ciaran O’Lionaird has been added to Salazar’s Oregon Distance Project lineup. “He’s been great,” Salazar admitted. “He’s been a good help to Galen with his speed.”

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