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Meet the New Members of Hansons Brooks

on April 24, 2013

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You've now seen Neely Spence and Bobby Curtis, but those aren't the only new recruits in the Hansons-Brooks Distance Project. One of the biggest training groups in the U.S. just got a bit deeper with the recent additions of Jake Riley, Ethan Shaw, Brendan Gregg, and Colby Lowe.

This is the deepest, most talented class that Hansons has ever brought in. Simply put, there are just more collegians running fast. But after college, what's the next step for a young, hungry American distance runner? For these new recruits, it means finding a training environment that provides them with what they need to reach their full potential. The new wave of American talent is here.

Jake Riley (Stanford)
5k - 13:32.82
10k - 28:08.36
*8x NCAA All-American, 2x Top 20 Finisher @ NCAA XC

Colby Lowe (Oklahoma State)
5k - 13:42.60
10k - 28:45.91
*5x NCAA All-American, 3x Top 10 Finisher @ NCAA XC

Brendan Gregg (Stanford)
5k - 13:46.49
10k - 28:54.41
*NCAA All-American (i5k)

Ethan Shaw (Dartmouth)
5k - 14:06.27
10k - 29:17.89
*Ivy League XC Champ, 54th @ NCAA XC

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Spence was named the 2010 USTFCCCA Division II Cross Country Female Athlete of the Year and became the first women'™s cross country national champion in school history after navigating the snow-packed 6K course at E.P. Tom Sawyer Park in Louisville at the DII national meet. Her time of 20:41.2 was 15 seconds faster than Western Washington'™s Sarah Porter. It was the second All-American award of her career. She is the three-time defending PSAC and Atlantic Region champion who finished the 2010 season undefeated in six races. Spence finished 70 seconds ahead of the field at the PSAC Championships and 51 seconds ahead of the field at the Atlantic Region Championships. In 2010-11, Spence won a cross country national championship, an indoor track national championship with the DMR, an outdoor track national championship in the 5K, seven conference championships (including cross country), broke three conference records and set a new Division II record. Spence has been selected as a PSAC Athlete of the Year in all nine of her collegiate seasons to date (cross country [3], indoor track [3], outdoor track [3]). Her efforts also helped Shippensburg come away with a team trophy, as the Lady Raiders finished fourth at the national championships. Spence has lost just once over her last two seasons of collegiate cross country racing. After her collegiate track season, Spence finished seventh in the 5,000 meters at the 2011 United States Track & Field Championships from historic Hayward Field with a time of 15:27.72 establishing a new PR by more than six seconds. She was also named the 2010-11 Pete Nevins PSAC Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year, the USTFCCCA Division II Cross Country Scholar-Athlete of the Year and was the only PSAC student-athlete in 2010-11 to receive Top 10 awards in all three seasons (fall, winter and spring).

For the second consecutive year, Spence was the PSAC and Atlantic Region champion in cross country, winning the conference title by 10 seconds with a time of 21:32 and the regional crown by 26 seconds with a time of 20:14. She finished the year as the 2009 USATF Women'™s Cross Country Athlete of the Year after winning the USA Junior Cross Country Championships in February and being named the PSAC Women's Cross Country Athlete of the Year and USTFCCCA Atlantic Region Athlete of the Year for the second consecutive season. Spence was undefeated in collegiate competition for the entire regular season, besting 363 participants in a Division-I laden field to win the Paul Short Invitational and also defeating the field in the Penn State National Invitational in addition to winning the 6K Alumni meet and 4K Mountaineer Invitational. Her only blemish came at the NCAA national championships, where she battled an intestinal virus throughout the race but still finished 43rd overall. Through two years of college, Spence has been named the PSAC Athlete of the Year in all six of the intercollegiate seasons in which she has competed (cross country, indoor and outdoor track and field). During the outdoor track campaign, Spence defended her 5K national championship with a time of 16:14.23 that was just short of her own school record in the event. She also won the indoor 5K national title with a time of 17:19.98 and was an All-American for the second straight year with the DMR squad. Through two seasons, Spence is a five-time All-American in track and a four-time national champion. She has run the 5K three times on the national stage and never lost.

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  • 800: 2:13 1500: 4:23 Mile: 4:48.54 3000: 9:10 5k: 15:27 6k XC: 19:58 10k: 32:50

  • first American female to win the prestigious Zatopek 10,000m race with a blistering time of 32:16.51 (12/12) First ever female over-all winner at Ship Fair 5k (7/12) Third American at Falmouth 7miler (8/12) Runner-Up at USATF 5k Road Champs in 15:33 (9/12) Third at USATF 10k Road Champs in 32:50 (10/12)

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