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This year, Ritz placed 2nd behind his training partner Galen Rupp in the 10,000m at the US Championships in Des Moines, IA thus advancing both of them to the World Championships in Moscow, Russia.
2012: 1st at Portland Track Festival in the 5,000m (13:19.78); 1st at Stanford Invitational in the 10,000m (28:21.48); 15th in New York City Half Marathon (1:01:52); 4th at Olympic Trials Marathon (2:09:55), 3rd in Olympic Trials 10,000m (27:36.09), competed in London for his 3rd Olympics
2010: USA Cross Country Champion (34:34); 8th at ING New York City Marathon (2:12:33).
2009: Runner-up at USA Outdoors (27:58.59); 6th at World Outdoor Champs (27:22.28PR, U.S. Leader); 3rd in Zurich (12:56.27AR).
2008: 9th at Olympic Games marathon (2:11:59); 8th at Olympic Trials in 10,000m (28:05.31); USA Cross Country champ (35:03).
2007: Runner-up at Olympic Trials - Men's Marathon (2:11:06PR); 3rd in 10,000m at USA Outdoor Championships (28:31.88); 9th at 10,000m at World Outdoors (28:28.59); 4th in 2-mile at Nike Prefontaine Classic (8:11.74PR); 4th in 3,000m at Sheffield (7:39.03PR).
2006: 3rd at USA Outdoors 5,000m (13:16.61PR); 2nd at Stanford 10,000m (27:35.65PR); 11th at New York City Marathon (2:14:01-Debut); 3rd at Great North Run Half-Marathon (61:26PR).
2005: USA 12 km XC champ (36:59); 62nd at World XC 38:46, suffered from severe blisters; 5th in 3000 at adidas Track Classic (7:43.95); won 2005 Reebok Cross Country Challenge in Belfast, Ireland (29:26); did not compete at USA Outdoor Champs; 1st at Eugene (13:22.23PR).
2004: 22nd in 10,000m at Olympic Trials (31:13.91- injured); did not finish 10,000m at Olympic Games due to a calcium deposit in his foot; runner-up in the 5 km at the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships (13:52.13); 6th at Stanford (27:38.50).
2003: 1st at NCAA XC (29:14.1); redshirt his sophomore track season due to a right femur stress fracture.
2002: 5th at U.S. XC; 24th at world XC; Big 12 5,000m champion; 4th in the 5k at the NCAA Outdoors (14:01.02).
2001: 1st in 2 mile at National Scholastics; 11th in 5,000m at USA Outdoors; 2nd at Big 12 XC; 4th at NCAA XC (29:11) - best finish by a freshman since Colorado's Adam Goucher's runner-up in 1994, third-best ever.
2000: 1st in 2 mile at National Scholastics; Foot Locker XC champion; 2nd at US XC Championships, earning him a trip to the IAAF World Championships where he finished third, becoming the first American junior to medal (bronze) in the race since 'Â81.
1999: Foot Locker XC champion.
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Rockford High School
University Of Colorado At Boulder
December 30, 1982
In 2004, Ritz turned pro and went on to win the USA 12k Cross Country Championship and finished 62nd at the World Championships. Ritz set the American 5k Record in Zurich at 12:56 soon after finishing 6th in the 10k at the 2009 World Championships in Berlin where he set a PR of 27:22. He went on to finish third in the World Half Marathon Championships running another PR of 1:00:00. He has also run personal bests of 8:11.74 in the two mile and 2:10:00 for the full marathon (London Marathon).