October 27th, 2015

St. X's Curtis to be inducted in LCSN HOF

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Paul Najjar

Senior Writer


St. X's Curtis to be inducted in LCSN HOF
Curtis ran for St. X / photo provided by Curtis

Every journey begins with the first step. For distance runners, the millions of steps they take can lead one down an arduous path that reveals character as much as it does talent.

Bobby Curtis’ character has been forged by millions of steps, but the first ones he took on the path to becoming the preeminent Kentucky prep distance runner of his day were on football fields, basketball courts and baseball diamonds. But his ultra-competitive nature wasn’t quite satisfied like it was when he discovered running.

At St. Xavier, Curtis eventually would rewrite the Kentucky high school cross country and distance track records several times over. He won a combined 19 state titles — five in cross country and 14 in track — and was a member of three state championship track teams and two cross country team champions.

For all of these achievements and his continuing success as a distance runner on the international stage, Curtis will be inducted into the LCS Hall of Fame on Nov. 4.

He was a three-time individual state cross country champion, winning the race his sophomore, junior and senior seasons. He set the state course record of 15:06 his junior year. He won the 1,600- and 3,200-meter runs all four years at St. X and added the 800 title in his senior year to complete the difficult and rare triple individual championship at the state meet.

Beset by nagging injuries during his college career, Curtis spent one full year away from running as part of his recuperation. He returned for his final two years of eligibility and added his name to the storied Villanova running tradition, placing second in the 5,000 meters at the NCAA championships and culminating his career in 2008 as the NCAA 5,000-meter champion.

Curtis signed a professional contract with Reebok after college and narrowly missed the Olympic cutoff to compete for Team USA in the 10,000 meters at the 2012 London Olympics. He is currently training with team Brooks and has his sights set on representing the U.S. marathon team at the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janiero.

 

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