In a release posted by the Sacramento based NorCal Distance Project, the team announced that Bellarmine Prep HS alum Brie Felnagle (left/photo by Paul Merca) will move her training base from Seattle to Sacramento.
For the past several years, Felnagle has trained in Seattle as part of the Beasts Track Club under coach Danny Mackey, even though her sponsorship deal is with adidas.
After a strong 2015 season that included her qualifying for her first major US international team—the IAAF world cross country championship team that traveled to China—she ran 15:37.17 in the 5000 in June 2015, and only ran 4:12.13 in the 1500 and 4:32.72 in the mile this season, missing out on qualifying for the US Olympic Trials.
In the release, the veteran said, ‘I am excited to be moving down to Sacramento and joining NorCal Distance. I truly believe in the power of teammates and can’t wait to train alongside such a talented and awesome group of women.’ Regardless of how scheduling specifics unfold in the months ahead, Brie remains anxious to ‘be in the mix of some great races and set some PR’s this upcoming season.’
Felnagle joins a training group that includes 2016 US Olympians Kim Conley (5000 meters) and Kate Grace (800 meters).