Dathan Ritzenhein, originally from Rockford, Michigan, is one of the most talented runners America has seen in the last twenty years. During high school, Dathan won two Footlocker National Championships and came within a second of breaking the American high school record for 5000m. In 2003, Dathan joined former CU runners Adam Goucher and Jorge Torres as a winner of the NCAA Cross Country Championships. Seeking his first Olympic Team at twenty-one years old, Dathan is undecided if he will focus on the 5000m or the 10,000m at the Trials, but his talent is sure to make him a factor in either race.


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College: Colorado

Coach: Mark Wetmore

Club: U. of Colorado

PR's:
1500 -- 3:42.99
3000 -- 7:50.39
5000 --
13:27.77