Atlanta Track Club Signs Miler Christy Cazzola to Elite Team
Olympic hopeful Cazzola is a five-time NCAA Division III record holder and 17-time national champion
ATLANTA – In line with its goals of developing at least one male and one female Olympian by 2020, Atlanta Track Club has added middle distance runner Christy Cazzola to its elite team. Cazzola’s first appearance as a team member of Atlanta Track Club Elite will be at the Sir Walter Miler in Raleigh, North Carolina, on August 7.
Cazzola, 30, is a five-time NCAA Division III record holder and 17-time national champion who competed for the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh. Following a successful high school track and cross country career during which she won the Wisconsin 800m state title in 2:16 as a freshman, Cazzola opted to postpone a collegiate career and work at a restaurant. There she met her now-husband, Shuma Kuwamoto, and had two children before competing at the collegiate level while pursuing a degree in secondary education. She has personal records of 2:02.95, 4:14.20 and 4:33.97 for the 800m, 1500m and Mile, respectively.
“Christy took a different route than most runners, but she is a racer who is not afraid to work hard,” said Amy Begley, Atlanta Track Club’s head coach. “Her speed and her turnover are impressive, and it will be fun to see what she can do when we add some strength to that speed.”
After her family’s move to Atlanta later this month, Cazzola will compete in the USA 5K Championships, hosted by the CVS Caremark Downtown 5K in Providence, Rhode Island, on September 21. She has a PR of 16:21.
As a member of Atlanta Track Club Elite, Cazzola will join the Club’s top athletes as they train together and represent the Club at local, regional and national races as well as in the community. In addition to training and racing, Atlanta Track Club Elite team members teach, engage with and help support the Club’s more than 22,000 members.
About Atlanta Track Club Elite
Atlanta Track Club Elite is comprised of the Club’s top athletes who train together and represent the Club at local, regional and national races. The team aims to help athletes realize their goals while promoting competitive distance running, track & field and the mission of Atlanta Track Club.
To learn more about Atlanta Track Club Elite, go to: atlantatrackclub.org