May 3rd, 2011

St. Xavier Grad Curtis Clocks Record Run

Chris Jung

Senior Writer


St. Xavier Grad Curtis Clocks Record Run
photo from competitor.com

Running sensation runs 7th fastest race of its kind

St. Xavier High School graduate Bobby Curtis never met a race he didn't like, and he continues to prove his pavement prominence on a national stage with record-setting runs.

Over the weekend, Curtis moved to No. 7 on the all-time list of fastest American competitors in the 10,000 meter run, as the former Tiger finished second in the race with a time of 27:24.67 at the 2011 Payton Jordan Cardinal Invitational on the campus of Stanford University.

Curtis finished only behind Kenyan Bedan Karoki, who clocked a world-leading finish of 27:13.67.

Not only was the impressive run a personal best for Curtis in the 10,000 meter, but it was also an Olympic Games “A” qualifying time as well.

The St. Xavier and Villanova University alum is currently a member of the Melbourne International Track Club and runs on behalf of Reebok

Curtis, who graduated from St. X in 2003, won 19 total state titles with the Tigers and was named an All-American in cross country his sophomore and senior seasons. In track & field, he was named an All-American in his sophomore, junior, and senior seasons and set the U.S. high school record in the rarely-run 1000-meter event, finishing with a time of 2:24.79.

At Villanova, Curtis won the 2007 Big East championship in cross country his senior year (2007-08) and finished fourth at that year's NCAA Championships, again earning All-American honors. In the spring, he won his second-consecutive NCAA East Regional 5000m, and at the national championships, he posted a personal best time of 13:33.93 to win the race, his first national title as a collegian.

His win made him Villanova's first outdoor individual national champion since Sydney Maree won the 1500m at the 1981 nationals. Curtis left Villanova having posted the second fastest 5000m time (behind Maree) in school history.

 

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