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About Athletics East Track Club

Everyone wants to be #1… but we really are! Athletics East Track Club is an Elite Open and Masters National running team based in Virginia and Utah. Our team was founded to give competitive post collegiate and masters runners the chance to compete, train together and have fun. Many of us competed at NCAA levels in college and a few of us went to the Olympic trials in our younger days.  Now as post collegiate and masters athletes we actively compete events in track, cross country and road racing and even a few of us still race in marathons and triathlons too.

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Welcome to Athletics East Track Club

Athletics East Track Club, we’re all about competitive open and masters athletics and running. Our experienced track and field,  middle distance and distance runners have competed at national class masters levels. Our goals are for our members to reach their highest potential, and to always have a great time wherever we compete. We formed the team in the fall of 2018 to give our local masters group in the metro DC area and recently Northern Utah to provide support to compete on teams, relays for AAU , USATF , RRCA Club as well as other independent running company events and championships. We also opened the team up to a few post collegiate runners. Currently building a second training group team at altitude that is based in Northern Utah. The team has been very successful early in its existence having set a world record age group masters (4 x 800m) relay record. Also winning the 2021 AAU National Open-Masters Cross Country team title. We still have fun and feel like we’re back in HS and College again. We are not planning on going anywhere and are looking for sponsorship. 

Hope to see you on the road, track and trails soon. 

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Join us for some fun on the roads, track and cross country -
Still feels like college again even though we’re masters and post collegiate athletes.
If interested, get in touch with us and let us know about your running interests and history.
 We are always interested in adding a few additional athletes to our roster that meet our team time standards and have similar individual and team goals. 

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Our Team

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Get to know Athletics East Track Club, your #1 masters running team in the DC Mid Atlantic region. If you still haven’t heard of us, we guarantee that once you do you won’t be able to forget us. Our team is made up only of the very best post collegiate and masters  runners around who all work extremely hard to reach the goals.


David Sullivan 

Team Founder- General Manager  - Middle Distance Runner- Triathlete 

With a mind for strategy, coaching athletes and a vision to develop the team, David has grown the team to 30 plus extremely talented masters athletes and coaches. His personal focus is on events 400m-1500m. Also loves cross country, road mile races, running on track relays and was once a pretty good open 3000m Steeple Runner.  He is also a former Ironman age group champion. Currently competes in the ( 60-64) AG.


Bob Briggs 

Marathoner - Distance Runner 

Bob focuses on distances 10k- Marathon. Having broke 3 hours for the marathon every decade for the last 40 years, we may see him do it again. Very accomplished runner. Currently competes in the (60-64) AG. He is also our team uniform manager. 


Steve Martin 

Distance Runner - 10k- Marathon 

One of the original athletes on the team, Steve is a top distance runner (55-59) AG as well as our team website manager for Athletics East Track Club. The team would have not have been able to land so much marketing exposure without his skills. Also one heck of a fast distance runner both on the road , track and in cross country.


Chris Johnston 

Captain - Distance Runner

With an mind for strategy, coaching and organizing teams, Chris makes every one of us inspired and motivated to train and win. There is no wonder that we made Chris the team’s Captain. The team members couldn’t be any prouder.  Chris is a very good 5k-1/2 marathon runner. Fantastic XC runner. Currently competes in the (55-59) age group.


Steve Crelli 

Cross Country Champion - Distance Runner

Steve is one of the original team members. He has finished multiple times in the top 25 runners in his age group at national club cross country championships having finished as high as 4th overall at the national club XC championships. Very good 1500m-5000m runner too. This runner has no weaknesses and we are lucky to have him race with us on AE. Just moved into a new age group (60-64). We have no doubt he will dominate this age group at both the local and national level. 


Harris Hardy

Co- Founder Athletics East - Middle Distance runner 

Harris in one of the original Athletics East Track Club athletes dating back to the original farm team. He is also one of the top 800-1500m middle distance runners in the (55-59) age group in the country. Also a traditional old school track runner who loves cross country and racing in the mud. Harris was great miler in his open running days and now again as a master.


Jim Garster

Middle Distance Runner

Jim's background includes years of successful running at every distance on both roads, track and cross country.  His specialties are in the 800m-10 mile distances.  He currently also coaches very successfully in both cross country and track at the private school level. Currently competing in the (50-54) age group.


Brian Kelly 

Distance Runner - Triathlete 

Brian comes to the team as one of the original 6 runners on Athletics East.  Multiple years experience. One of the top regional (60-64) runners in the area, especially at 5k-10k distances. Also competes in triathlons.


Paul Ryan 

Miler- 5000m runner 

Paul is amazing middle distance athlete. He has quickly established himself both on the road and the track as one of the top (65-69) In 2020 Paul was ranked the number one miler in the country both on the track oval and road from usatf masters rankings. Recently turned 70. We think Paul will dominate this new age group on a national level. We are lucky to have him on the team. 


Jeff Duyn 

Marathon - XC Runner 

Jeff did not start racing till later in life you would never know it. Currently one of top marathon runners in the country having won (55-59) age group at the Boston Marathon.  Recently turned 60 where we believe he will dominate at the National level in the marathon.


Josh Van Tassel 

Middle Distance Runner

Josh comes to the team with extensive athletic background. After several years of cycling and running road races, he recently moved to the track oval in 2018. Immediately became one of the top 800m/1500m runners in the USA over 50. Recently moved to the next age group (55-59) he will be a force on the national Masters track circuit. He is also a coach and a motivational speaker. 


Jeffrey Townsend 

Distance Runner

Jeff is one of our newer athletes to our growing roster. However Jeff’s history with the team goes back a lot of years. As he was one of the original Athletics East athletes when it was a post collegiate farm-team going back twenty plus years. Currently competes in the (45-49) age group. Jeff is also a former usatf national masters 3000m indoor champion. Recently won the USATF National 20k masters championship on the road. We expect Jeff’s success will continue.


Judson Cake 

Distance Runner 

Judson is our newest athlete on the roster. His routes to Athletics East go back over 20 years as a former AE member recruited from Coach Sullivan out of the University of Maine when Athletics East was a post collegiate farm team. Judson recently moved to the (40-44) age group. Has quickly established himself as a top national class masters runner.  Since turning 40 some of his accomplishments Include a top 30 finish at USATF National XC Championships in 2017.  In 2018 he was a winner of 2 gold medals and a silver in the 3k, mile and 800m at the USATF National masters indoor track championships. In 2019 finished 3rd master at the Philadelphia Marathon. We expect Judson will be a asset to our masters racing team.


Coach Lou Ristano 

Distance Coach 

Coach Lou comes to the team with many years as accomplished runner. Now Coach and USATF official. Lou is a former teammate of team founder David Sullivan when they were both on Boston based New Balance Coastal Farm Team.  Injuries and medical reasons moved him to Coaching. Although still active runner. In his day he was one of the most competitive top runners in New England. We are very fortunate to have him with us. Coach Lou experience and knowledge of the sport are well appreciated. 


David Murray

Triathlete- Distance Runner

Dave is one of our newest athletes on the team. His background comes from many years as a very competitive national class age group triathlete. Competes in duathlons.  Also was collegiate track and cross country athlete. Currently competing in the (55-59) Age group. We think Dave will be a force on the road, track and XC circuit. 


Michael Southwood 

Middle Distance- Field athlete

Michael is one of our newest athletes on the team. Originally from Hawaii, but now resides and is retired in Virginia. Currently competes in the (65-69) age group. In addition to being a fantastic middle distance runner. He is also very skilled in multiple of field events such as Long jump, High jump other track field events. Having won or podium finishes multiple masters and senior titles both local and regional, national championships. We’re excited to have such talented athlete on the team.


Rob Cranston 

Sprints- Middle Distances 

Rob is our newest athlete on the team. Started running later in life like a lot of masters athletes. Although he runs road races his best distances are 200m/400m events has the range to go up to the 800/1500m distances.  Also enjoys cross county once ran a 50 mile off road distance. We are very excited to have him with us look forward to seeing Rob on our relays. Currently competes in the (50-54) age group.


Patrick Horne 

Sprinter - Relays

Pat is a former world class open sprinter and former professional arena football player. He is no stranger to Athletics East as he was a former teammate member on the original team. Life time PRs as open sprinter of 6:65. (60m) 10:17 (100m) 20:55 (200m) 45:89. He has been ranked in the top 50 in the world at 200m. Now as a masters athlete (40-44) AG .Ranked as high as number 1 in the country , number 2 in the world in various age groups. Holds MS in Sports Management and is also as USATF level 1 certified coach. Needless to say our relays got a lot better with adding Patrick to the team. 


Gary Vanderhoof 

Sprints- middle distance 

Please welcome Gary to our new core of Long Sprinter middle distance athletes.Currently competes in the 60-64 age group soon to move up to the next age group. Gary is a highly ranked athlete at all distances from 200-800ms. We are excited about having him with the team. Gary we will get a picture of you up soon. 


Todd Blair

Sprinter - Field Event Athlete

Blair is one of our newest athletes to the team. He lives down in the Virginia Beach area. Also a  Track and Field Coach at a local school. Currently competes in the (40-44) age group in sprints, hurdles and field events. Also open to doing pentathlon or decathlon. We welcome Todd to our growing masters track and field group. 


Curtis Muhamamad 


Curtis is one of our newest athletes on the team. Lives in southern MD just outside of the district. Currently competes in the (55-59) age group. He is excellent sprinter at events 100ms-400m distances. Curtis we will get a picture of you up soon. 


Mike Naff

Distance Runner 

Mike is one of our new distance runners to the team. Currently living in Northern VA competes in the (50-54) Age Group.  His distance resume is amazing having run over 50 marathons and still running sub 3 hours. Recently interested in racing cross country and other shorter road distances. We think he will have a lot of success. 


Sam Lloyd - Perks 

Distance Runner

Sam was our first open post collegiate athlete since we brought back the team from its original farm team. Based in NC via Great Britain. Sam is the current USA AAU National XC champion. Also runs a coaching business in Winston - Salem NC.We expect big things out of this rising distance runner.


Peter Guevera 

Distance Runner 

Peter is excellent distance runner and coach in the northern VA area. His specialty run from 1500m - 5000m. Also competes in the open division. Already in his short tenure on Athletics East has made a big impact we’re glad to have him on AE


Jacob Miller 

Middle Distance runner 

Jacob is our newest post collegiate on the team. Already making a big impact on the team having recently set some road distance PRs. We are expecting big things from this young man on the track soon.


Kevin Gobble

Distance Runner

Kevin is based in North Carolina. His specialty are trail running, cross country and distances 3k - 10k on the track oval. 


Regan Carter 

Distance Runner 

Regan is a new master to the team. Comes from a soccer background is based in Springfield VA. Already in his new running career is setting excellent times from 5k up to half marathon. We will get a picture of you Regan up soon. 


Travis Dunbar 

Middle distance runner

Travis is new to the team, but his history with Athletics East goes back over twenty years. He was one of the original athletes on the old Boston based AE farm team. In his 20s set PRs on the team at every distance from 400m to 10,000m.  Excellent XC, Track athlete. Recently entered masters    Division is making a come back. We are excited to have Travis in the team. Will get a picture of you up soon.


Irwin Terrell 


Irvin comes to the team as a top sprinter in distances from 55m up to 200m. Currently competes in the (55-59) age group. Lives in Maryland. We think Irvin will do very well be a big addition to our masters sprint relays. 


Julia Fletcher 

Middle distance runner 

Julia comes to the team a our first female athlete. She currently competes in the (35-39) age group. Places in the Open or Wins age group often in local races. She lives in northern Virginia and has interest in running track and cross country as well. We are excited to have  Julia and the team get a picture up of you soon.


Martha Mertz 

Distance Runner 

Martha running  background is extensive. She has been winning and podium placing for many years from the track , road races up to the marathon distances. Currently lives in northern Virginia competes in the (55-59) age group soon to move up to the next age group. We believe she will be a force on the National level. We will  get a picture of Martha up soon. 


Michael Simpson 

Distance Runner 

Mike is one of our newest runners on the team. Currently lives in northern utah. Although Michael did not start running  till his late 30s. Currently competing in the (50-54) AG.  He is excellent distance runner and competed in his first ultra marathon recently. We welcome  Michael to the team.  For the moment here is a picture of him with teammate David Sullivan. We will get individual picture of you soon. 

Want to see our star-studded team in action? Come to our next game!

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Head Coach - Middle Distances 

Team General Manager

The Athletics East Track Club team wouldn’t be where it is today if it weren’t for Coach Sullivan who oversees our strategy and advises on the best course of action. His back ground includes almost 50 years in the sport having competed in track, cross country and on the roads and triathlons. In addition has been advising and coaching for over 25 years. Also a personal coach to many of the middle and distance athletes on the team. We really couldn’t have wished for a better Team General Manager. Additional  background information is listed in the meet the team section. 

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Assistant Coach  Lou Ristano 

Head Distance Coach - USATF Official 

The Athletics East Track Club team is honored to have such excellent knowledgeable assistant coach. Coach Lou oversees our distance program.  His back ground include graduate degree in exercise physiology. He advises athletes on the team. We really couldn’t have wished for a better Coach. See more his extensive running  background in the meet the team section. Also a certified USATF official. 

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