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On Athletics Club announce athlete signings


After a quiet summer, several recent college graduates announced their post-collegiate training plans last week. After lots of whispers throughout the summer, Swiss running brand On announced the creation of the Boulder-based On Athletics Club last week. The team will be coached by recently retired professional runner Dathan Ritzenhein and was apparently built around Joe Klecker.

There’s no question that Klecker is one of the top recruits from his class, but so is Alicia Monson. In 2019, the Wisconsin graduate won the Millrose Games 3,000m against professional runners, won the NCAA Indoor 5,000m title, and finished second to Weini Kelati at the 2019 NCAA Cross Country Championships. On is expected to announce later today that it has signed Monson, Leah Falland, and Emily Oren. There were already clues on social media, and an article appeared to accidentally announce that last week, before later deleting that detail.

Monson’s Wisconsin teammate Amy Davis has signed with the Hansons-Brooks Original Distance Project. Davis’ mother, Nan Doak-Davis, was also a professional runner. She won multiple U.S. titles and was an NCAA 10,000m champion for the University of Iowa.

University of Colorado standout Makena Morley has joined the Idaho Distance Project. Morley was a seven-time NCAA All-American, part of CU’s NCAA Cross Country Championship team, CU’s 10,000m record holder, and last year, she finished second to Sara Hall at the USA 10 Mile Championships.

Sinclaire Johnson took part in it ( results), and was listed as a member of the Bowerman Track Club. Johnson has yet to formally be announced as a member of the group, but she was apparently in Oregon on Friday, tripling in the 400m, 600m, and 800m.