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Syracuse steeplechaser turned Olympic triathlete Katie Zafares recently signed with 361 Degrees USA for a multi-year contract following her 18th place finish in the triathlon at the Rio Olympic Games. While at 'Cuse, Zafares (whose maiden name is Hursey) qualified for NCAAs twice in the steeplechase, with a career-best finish of 14th in the finals in 2011 which made her a second-team All-American. She set PBs of 4:46.58 for the mile, 9:24.81 for 3K, 10:08.44 for the steeplechase (a school record) and 16:10.50 for 5K while at Syracuse.

Read the full press release below:

361 Degrees USA signed Katie Zaferes, one of the world's premier triathletes and 2016 U.S. Olympian, to a multi-year partnership agreement.

Zaferes leads a growing roster of elite athletes who are representing 361 Degrees in the U.S. and around the globe.

"Everyone at 361 Degrees is honored that Katie has decided to chase her athletic dreams with our brand. Her hard work, dedication and success exemplify all of the attributes that are important to 361 Degrees and what we are trying to accomplish in the running market. She is undoubtedly one of the premier Olympic athletes in the U.S. and as a partner, 361 Degrees looks forward to supporting her as she pushes beyond expectations," stated Jim Monahan, president of 361 Degrees USA.