The post-collegiate group enhances its roster with young talent.
Every year in professional football, basketball, baseball and hockey, teams announce the latest additions to their rosters — a mix of talent, young and old — some drafted, others signed as free agents.
This past week, the Oregon Track Club Elite made public six additions to their 2012-2013 roster on The Trailer. The club, made up of track and field athletes representing all events and disciplines, recently beefed up their middle distance and distance squad by naming sub-3:38 1,500m runner Ben Blankenship; Alex Kosinski, a 15:36 5,000m runner at the University of Oregon; Erik van Ingen, a 3:56 miler; Lauren Johnson, a versatile runner with a 4:11 1,500m best; distance runner Hassan Mead, a nine-time All-American at the University of Minnesota; and Aisha Praught, a 1,500m and steeplechase runner from Illinois State to the team.
“It is always exciting to have new athletes joining the OTC program. You take a pitch on new athletes and this group brings a lot of different talents in events ranging from 1,500 to the steeplechase and the 10,000,” Mark Rowland, head coach of the OTC Elite, told The Trailer. “The first and last reality is it takes hard work that is well directed to produce the results to maximize their individual potential as we look towards Rio in 2016.”