Several ZAP-Reebok athletes had an excellent start to the indoor track season at the BU Terrier Invitational. First year athletes, and former Oklahoma University teammates, George Alex and Kevin Schwab, joined ZAP-Reebok veteran Cameron Bean in the 3000m run. Led by pacer and first year athlete Joe Stilin, who was coming off a lifetime best season opener of 4:01 in the mile, the field buzzed around the 200m oval at a rate of 31 seconds per lap, coming through the mile in 4:13. Stilin stepped off the track after towing the field through 2000m in 5:17. Alex was the first ZAP-Reebok finisher in 4th place with a time of 7:54. Cameron Bean, the 8:32 steeple man, finished in a personal best 8:03, and Schwab crossed the line in 8:12.
Alex and Stilin, both sub 4 minute milers, will head to Indiana the weekend of February 14th and 15th to run a fast 3000m at the Hoosier Hills Invitational before competing in the US Indoor Championships the following weekend in Albuquerque, NM. Bean will join Cole Atkins at the Husky Invitational the University of Washington in running a 5000m on Valentine’s Day. Schwab’s next competition will also be his first international race. He will join a handful of Americans in competing at the Armagh Road Race in Ireland on February 20th.
In the women’s 5000m run Pezz made her return to the ZAP-Reebok singlet a winning one. After spending the first 3k tracking down the rabbit and leader, Pezz took an emphatic lead at 2 miles and never looked back. In her first race on the track in over 2 years Pezz broke the tape in 16:05, winning by nearly 20 seconds. She will see action next at the Gasparilla Half Marathon on February 23rd.
First year ZAP-Reebok athlete Chris Moen started off his winter by picking up his first professional win at the Matanzas 5k in Jacksonville, FL on January 25th. He will compete next at the Southeast Georgia Health System 2014 Bridge Run in Brunswick, GA on February 15th.