Meet our Elites
Adair Lyden | Andy Merrill | Ani Veltcheva | Brady Holmer |Chris Cabret| Courtney Rouse | Dan Stoner | Dylan Nelson | Enoch Nadler | Georganne Watson | Gretchen Loyd | Hutson Rapier | Kelly Griffin | Matt Taddeo |Max Jacobson| Michael Rosato | Ravi Kumar | Rich Kaht | Rob Robins | Stephanie McGrail | Zane Grabau
Ani was born in Gainesville, FL.
Currently, Ani is a 7th grader at the Lyceum in Lincoln Middle School.
Ani started running when she was in 2nd grade.
Talbot, her elementary school, has a program called Morning Mile where students can run for half an hour before school starts. Ani started going to Morning Mile and soon she was running over 600 miles every year.
Ani loves both the social and the competitive sides of running.
Ani's personal records:
1600 -- 5:08
5k – 17:16
10k – 37:21
My hometown is Panama city, fl. I moved to Starke,fl, in the fifth grade where I started my running career a year later. I attended Bradford high school then later went on to run cross country and track for Ron Grigg at Jacksonville University. A few months after graduating from college I stumbled upon FTC and TeamFTC. The best part about both clubs is being surrounded by supportive people who love the sport just as much as I do. I am honored and proud to represent both clubs as I compete in the future.
When I was in 7th grade, I could run 1 lap around the track without stopping in gym class so I decided to go out for Cross Country. Thankfully, 1 lap quickly turned into a few miles of non-stop running and that has continued for the past 18 years. I ran cross country and track at Riverside Middle and High School in Pennsylvania, and also swam on our club and school teams. I attended Kutztown University in PA and ran Cross Country and Indoor and Outdoor Track from 2004-2008. Under the guidance of Coach Ray Hoffman, I went from a walk-on in my freshman year to a 6x NCAA Division II Championship qualifier. After college, running became decidedly less competitive but still as enjoyable. My son, Griffin, was born in February 2014 and is seriously my biggest fan. You'll see him cheering everyone on at races and throwing out lots of high-fives. I still have some goals to accomplish in terms of setting PRs and I know that the Team FTC and Coach Enoch are the right people to get me there. I'm so excited to put a team uniform and represent Gainesville and all the inspiring people in it!
PRs: Mile(i): 5:14; 3k: 9:59; 5k: 17:15; 10k: 36:40; Half Marathon: 1:25:29; Marathon: 3:02
Enoch first found his love for running in the 9th grade at Keystone Heights High School. As a member of the track team, he took it upon himself to learn all that he could about running to help take him and his teammates to the next level. Enoch would go on to multiple top five state championship finishes and help his cross country team finish with its highest place in school history at the state meet. Upon graduation, Enoch was awarded a cross country/track scholarship to the University of Florida. At UF Enoch was a multiple All-SEC Conference and South Region Honoree. He was the captain of his Cross Country team and won numerous Invitationals around the southeast. Enoch still holds top 10 time records at UF in the 8k and Steeple Chase.
After College Enoch stepped away from running from 2008-2012 to pursue other passions. Upon moving to Dallas in 2012, Enoch began coaching himself again. From 2012 to 2014 Enoch coached himself and qualified for 2016 Olympic Trials in the Marathon event. He trained 85-100 miles a week and competed in both national and local track meets and road races. Enoch finished 30th in the USA Half Marathon Champs in 2013 and 22nd in 2014. In 2014 Enoch and his wife Angela took a travel sabbatical living abroad for 16 months. Enoch and his wife Angela traveled 5 continents before returning home to Florida to settle down and be closer to friends and family in late 2015.
Upon moving home, Enoch began volunteering with the local non-profit, Youth Combine and competed on the Youth Combine's record breaking relay team at the Five Points of Life Marathon. In August 2016, Enoch began coaching with the Florida Track Club and fell in love with the team coaching aspect. Soon after, Enoch and the Florida Track Club formed a partnership, and thus, Team Florida Track Club was born!Enoch continues to race often and can be seen fighting for the win with other local elite athletes. Enoch debuted in the Marathon in 2017 running 2:18:17 to qualify for the 2020 Olympic Trials.
Enoch's Personal Records: 1 Mile(i): 4:08; 2 Mile: 8:45; 3k Steeple: 8:54; 5K(i): 14:24; 8k XC: 23:46; 10k: 30:02; 15k: 45:01; Half Marathon: 1:03:54; Marathon: 2:18:54
While my commitment to competitive running is relatively new, I have a high-level of enthusiasm for the sport and for sharing that enthusiasm with others. I love competition and for more than a decade took on all I could as a competitive cyclist (road and cyclocross). But in the last 12 months, I have felt drawn to running like never before. In that span, I ran my first 1/2 marathon (1:27:09), Marathon (3:10:11), and 32.4-mile trail ultramarathon (4:21:54). All times are of course PRs. I did a few 5ks too and managed to PR at 18:08 in my last event.
I live for the feeling I get from exerting myself and pushing my limits and I'm overjoyed by the supportive atmosphere I find at group runs and races. At 43 and having spent a lot of time on the bike and still relatively little time running or running with a real plan (I'm on track for just a 700 mile year -- but 6K on the bike) I'm eager to get faster while I still can and to help my teammates and friends achieve their goals. I'm super excited about joining team FTC. I won't quit on a ride, run, or race -- but if I see a snake while doing either of the first two, do know I'll probably stop and check it out -- I'm a nature lover and biologist with a special fondness for the "lower" vertebrates.
A freshman at the University of Florida and Orlando native, Adair has been running for 8 years now and has loved every minute of it. Having achieved her personal records of 18:42 (5k), 11:13 (3200m), and 5:19 (1600m) at a very young age, Adair is excited to be a part of Team FTC Elite to not only improve in her running career but push others to achieve their best by joining this team. Go Team FTC!
I attended Denison University in beautiful Granville, Ohio where I ran Cross Country and Track. Denison is a D3 liberal arts college which was a good environment to mix academics with sports. My running performances were generally unremarkable in the grand scheme of things, although I did hold the school record in the Indoor 500 meters for a while (yes, that's 500m not 5000m!). I was poised to have a great senior year but ended up getting sick with mono during cross country season and then pulled my hamstring during outdoor track. I graduated Cum Laude in 1996 with a degree in Computer Science and Geology. My first job was in Information Technology and I have been working in some form of IT ever since. After college, the hamstring injury bothered me for a long time. I ran some but eventually got married and moved to Florida and had kids. I took at least 8 years off and developed a nice soft belly which was great for holding sleeping babies. However, once the kids started to grow up they got faster and at some point, I decided I needed to be able to keep up with them. I started running regularly again in 2010 and fell in love with it more than any time in my life before... and got injured almost immediately. That first round of injuries led me to the magic of barefoot running during the midst of the "Born to Run" craze. I did quite a lot of barefoot running during the next few years and still find it a valuable tool to prevent (or correct) running injuries. Now I am a Masters age runner and looking forward to many more years and the many more miles ahead of me. The good news about having a disappointing college finale is that I have hope to run about as fast as my younger self. I remember thinking how impossible it sounded to race 13.1 miles for a half marathon. Nowadays, I frequently run at least that much for a weekend long run. The marathon continues to be my nemesis. I think I am more of a short distance runner but I am also attracted to the challenge of the Ultramarathon. I enjoy running on trails and exploring new places on foot. I love Gainesville and our running community and I am proud to be part of a club and team that are growing the sport. I have a blog where I talk mostly about running and computer geek topics. http://thatlinuxbox.com/blog/
Looking back, it is evident I had early talent for long distance running; like when I beat all of the boys in the elementary school mile or went to soccer practice after a track meet and still wasn't tired. Although I participated in middle school track, I didn't consider running a year-round sport until high school, where I competed on both the cross country and track teams for Midland High School in the state of Michigan. After high school, I moved to Chicago, where I studied and ran cross country and track for Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT). My first two years at IIT were a success with over a minute dropped from my high school 5k PR and 5 visits to NAIA national championship meets; however, my last two years were filled with intermittent injury, low mileage, and race times that were mediocre at best. After graduating with a B.S. in mechanical engineering, I found myself at the University of Florida for grad school. Luckily, I have found the Gainesville running community to be very welcoming and a positive influence on my training. I recently went back to visit Chicago and run the 2016 Chicago marathon (my first). I absolutely loved training for and racing this longer distance! However, I'm still itching to snag some old PRs in the shorter distances and I am confident that Team FTC and Coach Enoch can help with that!
PRs: 5k: 18:01, 10k: 37:19, 3k(indoor): 10:32, 3k steeple: 11:34, 1/2 Marathon: 1:30:53, Marathon: 3:04
After my love of running in High School developed, I continued to pursue my passion at the collegiate level at Northern Kentucky University (go Norse!.) There, I specialized in the 5k/10k during track and also ran cross country, my first love. Luckily, with the recent transition to Division I, I was able to travel the country to many competitive meets throughout my career and experience NCAA athletics at a level l that I could never have imagined. I experimented with mileage a lot in college, eventually building up to consistent 100-mile weeks, which I believe has always been the basis for the strength in my running. Staying injury free thankfully helped me develop a further joy in the sport of running. I received my Bachelor's degree in exercise science at NKU, and now currently find myself in the Ph.D. program at UF in the Integrative Cardiovascular physiology laboratory. I'm blessed to be able to study a topic that relates to my interests and really has implications for many areas of society; where we hope to find what underlies many maladies such as diabetes and obesity. Post-college running goals include a future marathon (far future!) and training with Team FTC Elite. I'm excited for the future prospect of some fast 5k's, 10k's, and half marathons. Most of all, I hope to use running to find personal joy and continue to chase the drive to improve every day.
PR's: 10k - 31:46, 5k - 15:16, 3k - 8:51, Half Marathon: 1:10:35, Mile: 4:32 (high school)
Running became a serious endeavor for me during my years at Eastside High School where I competed year-round in both cross country and track and field. This eventually led to a fascination with the physiological aspects of exercise and sports science, which I dedicated my undergraduate education to at the University of Florida. I took a break from competitive running during college, but managed to train for and compete in two marathons during that span. Since graduating in the Fall of 2016, I have revamped my running career with the help of Coach Enoch. Running has been and always will be a passion of mine, and I have loved getting back into the competitive and social aspects through Team FTC!
PR's: 1 mile: 4:28; 5k: 16:29; Marathon: 2:42
I started running in the fifth grade, mostly because I could beat all the boys, and I have been running ever since. I attended high school outside of Pittsburgh where I played basketball & soccer in addition to running Cross Country & Track. I went to Kent State University on a Cross Country scholarship, but unfortunately my career was cut short by a torn Achilles during my freshman year. It took almost 2 years for me to be able to run after surgery.
After graduating, I moved first to New York City for a job in a PR firm and then to Tampa where I worked for the Tampa Bay Lightning. When the NHL went on strike, I found myself looking for a new career, so I became the assistant cross country and the head track coach at Academy of the Holy names. I spent the next 9 years coaching and training with the girls. In that same time I had three kids of my own Maddock, Bray and Ridley.
In the summer of 2015, we moved to Gainesville, where my husband Mike is the Director of SEC Network Production for UF. I am excited to join Team TFC!
PR’s :1600m: 5:06; 3200m: 11:09; 5k : 17:53; Half Marathon: 1:23
A rower for Syracuse University from 1992 – 1995 I found running as a sport 11 years ago while living in Dallas. A current member of the Florida Track Club board of Directors I like nothing more than sharing my love of running. I have yet to a race that I haven’t liked. I have completed 19 marathons since 2007. Training under Coach Enoch since January I have set new PRs in the 5k, 10k, 15k, Half Marathon, and Marathon. I have had the honor of qualifying for Boston nine times and have run it three times. I love sharing running with others and one of my favorite things is to run someone’s first marathon with them. Team FTC is even more enjoyable because the diverse group sharing a passion for running. I look forward to representing Team FTC and cheering on my teammates and runners for years to come.
1 Mile: 5:39; 5k: 19:34; 10k: 43:54; 15k: 1:03:09; Half Marathon: 1:32; Marathon: 3:10:02
Georganne is originally from Lititz, PA where she was the 2003 Pennsylvania State Champ in the 800 meters running 2:09 out of high school and earning a scholarship to run for The University of Kentucky. Along with a bachelor's degree in secondary education, she received several All-SEC and All-Region track and field teams while running for the Wildcats. She was a SEC champion (DMR), 3 time NCAA qualifier in the 800 meters and 2-time USATF qualifier in the 800 meters. After college, she ran competitively for Brooks while pursuing her Master's degree in Education. Georganne took some time away from competitive running to start her career and her family. In 2013 Georganne and her husband Luke moved to Gainesville where they now have two children Declan and Kennedy. Georganne is an undergraduate Academic Advisor at the University of Florida and enjoys cheering for the Gators whenever they aren't playing Kentucky :) Georganne loves her Team FTC teammates she gets to train with as well as the atmosphere that Coach Enoch has created. The group pushes her to achieve her running goals as she is still setting PR's as a working Mom of 2.
PRs: 800: 2:05; 1500: 4:25; mile: 4:51; 3k: 10:21; 5k: 17:32; 15k: 58:34; half marathon: 1:25.40
I’m a native of Waterville, Minnesota and moved to Gainesville in May 2016 when I started a Research Professor position involving crop disease management at UF. My running career has been a steady progress to longer and longer distances. The marathon is my main event now, and I’ve now completed 12 full marathons.
After starting out as a slow mid-distance runner in high school, I moved up to the 1600 and 3200 events my junior and senior years and experienced moderate success. I attended Concordia University Nebraska for college where I ran cross country and track at the NAIA level. My initial objective was to participate in a team since I was going to run anyway. By the time I graduated, I had participated in 2 full marathons at the NAIA national championships and was part of an NAIA cross country national runner-up team.
After college, I returned to Minnesota for graduate school and started a habit of running two full marathons a year and numerous shorter road races for training. I’ve been fortunate to run in races both big and small including the Boston Marathon, Elysian Rookie’s Triathlon, Kansas City Marathon, 10Kato, Grandma’s Marathon, Hay Daze 8k, and Disney Marathon.
As a member of Team FTC, I’m enjoying being part of a team again. I’m looking forward to breaking past the 2:30 mark in the full marathon and helping others enjoy and succeed in their running endeavors.
Full marathon: 2:32:38; Half marathon: 1:12:53; 10k: 32:53; 5k: 15:38
I started running in 2011 with no goals other than to be healthy. I found the Florida Track Club and my running changed as I was surrounded by supportive runners. My running improved and I started to achieve goals that once seemed unrealistic. Now, with TeamFTC I find the same story happening again as my group of runners, and all around amazing people, keeps getting bigger.
I first started running cross country in sixth grade as a way to stay in shape for wrestling (my main sport at the time). It wasn't until my junior year of high school when our cross country team qualified for the state meet, that I really fell in love with running. After this point, I started running track for the first time. My senior year I qualified for the State meet in the 3200 and knew that I wanted to continue running in college.
I was recruited by a small Division II college in Northwest Indiana that was a good fit for me. By the end of my junior year, I had broken three school records and finished all conference in the 10,000. I had high hopes and big plans for my senior year but an unplanned setback just before school started took my goals out of my reach.
With my senior year not turning out how I planned, I was left with a sense of unfulfilled potential; I realized that if I wanted redemption, I would find it on the road. But having run as a part of a team for my entire running career up to this point, it felt weird not being a part of something bigger. Inspired by the history of the Florida Track Club and guys like Frank Shorter, I decided to join the Florida Track Club even though I reside in Indiana.
While running for FTC, I was self-coached through 2016 (primarily off the teachings of Jack Daniels) and ran my debut marathon that November. When I heard about Coach Enoch and Team Florida Track Club, I realized this would be a good fit for me and that I could benefit from his coaching. I have high aspirations and look forward to some big accomplishments under Coach Enoch.
Personal Bests: 5k 14:51; 10k 31:21; Half 1:14:22 (split); Full 2:32:46
My running career began in a stereotypical fashion, as I failed to make the soccer team my freshman year of high school. I showed up to the first day of cross country practice reluctantly, just looking for a way to stay in shape. However, I instantly found myself at home with the team, and I was excited by the incremental progress that I made each week. Throughout high school, I found success over the longer distances, and I soon fell in love with the sport of running.
Following high school, I had the opportunity to run for Bucknell University, where I specialized in the 5,000 and 10,000 meters. At Bucknell, I had an incredible experience competing at the division one level with my teammates, who have become some of my closest friends.
I graduated with a degree in Biology, and have since taken a research position at Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, Florida. After taking a brief hiatus from competing, I stumbled upon Coach Enoch and Team FTC and quickly rediscovered my passion for the sport. I now look forward to lowering my personal bests, taking on new challenges in the Half and Full Marathons, and sharing my love of running with others.
PR’s: Mile- 4:23; 3K- 8:49; 5K- 15:21; 10K- 32:00; Half-Marathon- 1:15:59
I am currently a sophomore at Oakleaf High School in Orange Park FL.
I started running as an offshoot from competing in triathlons (since age 9). As an 8th grader, I ran Middle School Cross Country meets unattached (my school didn't have a team) and won the title of North Florida Middle School Male Champion. I have also been recognized as the 2016 Male Youth Runner of the Year. As a Freshman runner, I was the #1 runner on my Varsity Cross Country team and set 2 school records in a successful first season. During the Outdoor Track season, I was also the #1 distance runner on the Varsity Team competing in the mile and 2-mile.
I have been fortunate enough to compete in the AAU Junior Olympics and Club Championships for four years running and am a 6 time Club Championship individual medalist, and a National Cross Country Medalist as well. This summer I was the AAU Club National Champion in the 2k Steeplechase, and followed that up with a Bronze Medal at the AAU Jr Olympics at Eastern Michigan University in Ypsilanti MI where I ran a PR time of 6:34.14.
This season (my sophomore cross country season) I have broken my own school record 3 times.
Current PR’s: Mile - 4:45; 1500 - 4:24; 3000 - 9:45; 2k steeple - 6:34; 5k - 16:40
It is with much excitement to join Team Florida Track Club’s Elite team, representing Team Florida Track Club and greater Gainesville running community! I got into running because of my sister, Heather Rosato Kelley, who ran for Auburn University, who inspired me to run distance events back in high school. Growing up as a soccer player at a competitive level, transitioning to cross country and track and field distance races was a natural fit. However, after years of running and racing leaning on mostly talent alone, I only started to see my performance improve as I became a student of the sport, seeking advice from more experienced runners and coaches, many of whom I am still connected with today.
Throughout my years running, I have discovered that my favorite part of the sport is arguably the camaraderie in the community. We get to participate and race on the same days and courses with elites and professionals at the state and national road races unlike other popular sports we can only watch. Running truly is an all-inclusive sport that transcends all ages, genders, and people groups…and Gainesville, FL, my second longest homestead after growing up in Stuart, FL, is arguably one of the best running towns that embodies this positive, community vibe comprised of inspiring individuals. Each person I have competed against, trained with, and socialized with is truly unique, but there is one thing we have in common: running. No matter what speed it is, we can share stories, encourage one another, and be mentors for each other in life.
From 2014-2015, I was forced to take several years off from running and training due to injuries and surgeries. I discovered the time off was well needed, but not easy to accept as they were prime competitive running years I was missing. In hopes of making a comeback injury-free, I started with a triathlon training regiment, which is now another passion of mine and gave me a ton of respect for competitive swimmers and cyclist who log long miles at insane speeds. With a full summer tri season under my belt, I grew stronger and stayed injury free allowing me to focus on the fall 2016-17 running season at a competitive level again. It was a long road coming back which before that time, I ran PRs of 15:59 5k, 27:01 8k XC, 34:00 10k, 1:14:51 half marathon at Gasparilla, and a 2:47:39 marathon at Palm Beach, as well as completed the Boston Marathon twice in 2013 and 2014.
I hope to see some of these times fall in the future, and I know I can count on the Gainesville running community to push me to achieve my goals. Lastly, I would like to personally thank Enoch Nadler and Team Florida Track Club for this opportunity. I look forward to wearing the Team FTC Elite jersey proudly! Happy miles!
I started distance running in 2005 when I was a sophomore in high school in Rochester, NY. From there, I ran XC and Indoor/Outdoor Track for Division III SUNY Geneseo in western New York between 2008 - 2011. I moved to Gainesville to start Radiology residency at Shands in June 2016, and have had an amazing time training with Team FTC! Actually, I can’t remember the last time running was so enjoyable. I’m looking forward to at least 4 great years of competing and training with this awesome group!
PR’s: 1 mile - 4:38; 3200 - 9:58; 5K - 15:56; 8K - 26:45; Half - 1:17:36; Marathon - 2:58:56
I was born in New Jersey, but raised in Orlando, FL all my life. At the age of eight years old, I started to play basketball competitively. For 8 years I thought basketball was the sport for me to pursue, however running was something that I noticed my sophomore year in high school that it could be something that I would be even better at. That is when I decided to stop playing basketball and change my sport to running as my main focus to pursue. Since I did not have the best team in high school that made me work harder so that I can be as fast as the guys in other schools. Not being such a fast runner in high school I was still able to keep running after graduating by going to Saint Leo University and run Division II cross country and track. While attending Saint Leo I trained as hard as I could so that I can be one of the best runners on the team because I always want to improve myself to the level of better runners. That made me notice how training at the college level was making me improve and that running at that level can make me faster than I ever thought I could be. With that in thought, I realized why not try and become even faster and run at UF which is what I always wanted to do as a high schooler. Now I am a Santa Fe student trying to transfer over to UF to walk on the UF cross country and track team and run at the Division I level, which is something that I never thought I could do. I am grateful to be part of TeamFTC and have coach Enoch to push me to get where I need to be to have that goal completed.
PRs: Track: 1500m- 4:16, 5k- 15:20 Cross Country: 8k- 26:41, 10k- 35:24, Road: Half Marathon-1:14:23