Keira D’Amato [Oakton high school grad], has been an American Record Holder at 10 miles, half-marathon, marathon. A few days ago Weini Kelati [Heritage high school grad] took down Keira D’Amato’s American Record at half-marathon.
Put another way, one grad of a high school in northern Virginia took down the American Record set by another grad of a high school in northern Virginia.
Another example of 40 to 50 years of Virginia’s high school track and cross-country scene [northern Virginia in particular] being overly represented in producing the nation’s top high school track athletes and coaches, and in producing folks that go on to become among the country’s/world’s top athletes and coaches. Page down on the Club History page of this website.
Across the last half-century, the northern part of Virginia, a relatively small area of the United States, has been way overly represented at the national high school level among high schoolers and high school coaches, and national/world professional level by its former residents, both coaches and athletes.
Athletes, a few of the many……
— Alan Webb, an American Record Holder, mile 3:46
— Noah Lyles, an American Record Holder 200m, 2-time World Champion 200m
— Keira D’Amato, an American Record holder, half-marathon, marathon
— Tiombe Hurd, an American Record holder, triple jump
— Weini Kelati, an American Record holder, half-marathon, high school cross-country National Champion
— Allen Johnson, 4 time World Champion, 110m hurdles
— LaShawn Merritt, World Champion 400m
— Andre Cason, World Championships medalist, 100m
— Seneca Lassiter, World Indoor Championships 6th place 1500m. USA Track & Field Champion at 1500m
— Rob Muzzio, Decathlon, World Track & Field Championships, 8th place
— Benita Fitzgerald, World Championships 8th place, 100m hurdles
— Alisa Harvey, USA Track & Field Champion 800m
— Julie [Speights] Henner [now Julie Benson], USA Track & Field Champion, coached Jenny Simpson to be the 2011 World Champion at 1500m.
— Bill Burke, 1500m USA Track & Field Champion
— Linda Portasik, Sue Miley, Nancy Davis, Jeannie Coughlin [Fort Hunt high school], an indoor National High School Record Holder, 4 x 800m
— Drew Hunter, a high school cross-country National Champion
— Erin Keogh, a high school cross-country National Champion
— Jim Hill, 2 mile 8:47, an east coast record holder, 2 miles, founder of SportHill running apparel
— George Watts, an indoor east coast record holder, 2 mile
— Sean McGorty, 2 miles 8:45
— Kate Murphy, 1500m, has been among the top 3 fastest high schoolers in history
Coaches, a few of the many……
— John Cook, former coach at Edison high school in the late 1970’s [my college coach in the early 1980’s]. At Edison produced east coast record holder George Watts 8:51 for 2 miles, at George Mason University won NCAA Championships. Coach Cook went on to coach professional runners to be among the best in the world….my college teammate Abdi Bile 1987 World Champion at 1500m, Shalane Flanagan American Record at 10,000m, Leo Manzano 2012 Olympic silver medalist at 1500m, Shannon Rowbury 2009 World Championships bronze medalist at 1500m.
— Martin Smith, former coach at Oakton high school in the late 1970’s. At Oakton produced east coast record holder Jim Hill 8:47 for 2 miles, the eventual founder of global running apparel company “SportHill”. Coach Smith went on to become a top college coach winning NCAA Championships at University of Virginia and Wisconsin. Has been at Oklahoma and Iowa State, and includes a stint at University Of Oregon.
— Ron Helmer, former coach at Woodbridge high school in the 1980’s, went on to become a top college coach. Most recently at University Of Indiana.
— Mike Tomasello, former coach at T.C.Williams high school in the late 1970’s, went on to coach at Tennessee and Stanford.
— Scott Raczko, former coach at South Lakes high school in the 1990’s. At South Lakes, Allan Webb ran the National High School Record for the mile 3:53.