Monday, August 6, 2012
Haitian runner who trains in Reston does not advance out of heats in men's 800 meters.
The London Olympics ended for Moise Joseph, the Hatian runner who trains in Reston. Joseph, 30, ran a 1:48.46 in qualifying heats for the men's 800 meters on Monday. He finished sixth in his heat and did not advance. Joseph, who attended high school in Florida and ran for the University of Florida, recently moved to Reston to train with South Lakes High School track coach Scott Raczko. Raczko was Alan Webb's coach when Webb set the high school miler record and as he prepared for his 2004 Olympic appearance. It is not known yet whether Joseph will continue to train in Reston and return to his job at Potomac River Running at Reston Town Center.
Tuesday, June 26, 2012
Reston runner won't be on the 2012 Olympic team.
Reston runner Alan Webb's quest to qualify for the 2012 Summer Olympic Games in London ended in the men's 5,000-meter preliminaries at the U.S. Track & Field Trials in Eugene, OR, on Monday night. Webb, a 2004 Olympian and a 2001 graduate of South Lakes High School, finished last in his heat with a time of 14:01.25. Webb, 29, had been competing primarily in the 1,500 this season, petitioned just prior to the trials to run the 5,000 instead. Webb, who still holds the high school mile record, also fell short in the 2008 trials and did not make the U.S. Olympic Team. For compelete race results, click here.
Tuesday, June 19, 2012
Reston's Alan Webb hoping for Olympic redemption - starting with this week's Olympic Trials.
This is a big week for South Lakes High School grad Alan Webb. As Webb prepares for this week's U.S. Olympic Track and Field Trials, he and his wife, Julia, are just days away from welcoming their first baby. Qualifying for London will be a redemption of sorts for Webb, who still holds the high school mile record, set when he was a South Lakes student in 2001. At the 2004 Games in Athens, he failed to reach the final. In 2008, he did not make the U.S. team for Bejing. Webb, 29, will compete in the 1,500 meters at the trials in Eugene, Ore. However, he is petitioning the U.S. Track and Field Association to possibly compete in the 5,000 meters instead. To make the team, Webb needs to finish in the top three at the trials and also achieve …
Wednesday, May 9, 2012
Olympic runner, longtime basketball coach among inductees to be honored at June 8 dinner.
Former Seahawk track star Alan Webb (SLHS '01) and former basketball coach Wendell Byrd will lead this year's class of inductees into the the South Lakes High School Sports Hall of Fame. Webb gained recognition at South Lakes beginning in 1999, when, as a sophomore, he broke Jim Ryun's national sophomore mile record of 4:07.8 by running 4:06.94. He later was the first high schooler to run a mile in less than 4:00 indoors. In 2001, Webb ran the mile in 3:53.43 to shatter Ryun's 36-year-old national high school record of 3:55.3. He also won the Virginia State High School title in the 800 meters (1:47.74) and became the fourth-fastest high schooler ever at that distance. Webb later competed (1,500 meters) at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens…