(27 – JUNE) – Seven-time NCAA Division II champion Tabor Stevens of Adams State and All-American John Gregorek of Oregon have signed a professional sponsorship contract with Asics.
Stevens, 24, is coming off two NCAA titles in the 3,000-meter steeplechase and 5,000-meter run at the NCAA Division II Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Allendale, Michigan on May 22 and 23.
“I am looking forward to being a part of the Asics family and to representing such a renowned company in running,” Stevens said.
Gregorek, 23, was one of three Oregon Duck finalists in the men’s 1,500-meter final at the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships. He ran 3:56.30 in the final on June 12.
“I am very excited to be working with Flynn Sports and Asics,” I’m grateful for the opportunity and can’t wait to get to work achieving my goals with this world class support group.”
Stevens debuted for Asics with a 3:40.96 1,500-meter personal best at the 2015 Portland Track Festival on June 14. Stevens’next race will be the 3,000-meter Steeplechase final at the USATF Track and Field Championships in Eugene, Oregon.
Stevens opened his 2015 campaign with a 8:32.50 victory and personal best at the Stanford Invitational, which was a world leading time at the moment. He lowered his personal best a month later at the Payton Jordan Invitational, where he ran 8:26.81. He would go on to defend his crown with a commanding 8:44.40 victory on May 22 at the NCAA Division II Outdoor Championships. He also won the men’s 5,000-meter title in 14:14.42.
Gregorek has set personal bests in the indoor 1,000-meter run, indoor mile, indoor 3,000-meter run and outdoor 1,500-meter run in 2015. Before arriving in Oregon, Gregorek was an indoor All-American in the mile and 1,500-meter NCAA qualifier for Columbia. He enjoyed much success within the ICY League.
Stevens won his first Division II national title in the mile (4:04.10) at the 2013 NCAA Division II Indoor Championships. He won the 2013, 2014 and 2015 NCAA Division II national title in the 3,000-meter steeplechase.
Stevens was the NCAA Division II Cross-Country champion with a winning time of 30:02 for 9.5-kilometers. The next finisher was 18 seconds back. He went on to compete at the U.S. Cross-Country National Championships in Boulder, Colorado on Feb. 7 and placed 25th overall.
On April 17, 2015, Stevens ran the fastest mile on Colorado soil as he clocked a 4:01.27 at the La Junta Relays. He bested the previous record by 2.72 seconds.
Johnny Gregorek is the son to John Gregorek, the two-time Olympian and one of the fastest American milers in history.
Stevens and Gregorek now training and preparing for qualification for the 2015 IAAF World Championship in Beijing and 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.
Tabor Stevens personal bests:
Indoor Mile: 4:00.90
3,000-meters indoors: 7:57.56 OT
3,000-meter steeplechase: 8:26.81
Johnny Gregorek Personal Bests:
1,000-meters indoors: 2:21.32
Indoor mile: 3:57.47
3,000-meters indoor: 7:54.85
Stevens and Gregorek represented and managed by Ray Flynn of Flynn Sports Management.