Turn Back The Clock: High School
With Todd Reeser
Welcome to Turn Back The Clock: High School
Careers Revisited where we are interviewing America's top
distance runners about their high school (and college careers).
Today's interview is with Todd Reeser. A former high school wrestler,
Todd is currently one of the top US runners on the roads.
Todd attended highschool and college Rochester,
New York where he still lives. After an injury plagued college
career at Division III Rochester, Todd has blossomed since getting
out of college. The 11th fastest qualifier for the 2000 Olympic
Marathon Trials, Todd has three times earned the honor of representing
the US at the world-half marathon championships. Todd's training
is focused on developing himself long-term for the marathon,
in which he hopes to compete in the 2004 and 2008 Olympics.
Click here to read the extensive
LetsRun.com profile of Todd, who was honored as the LetsRun.com
runner of the month in November of 2000.
The Todd Reeser File:
Weight: 140 lbs.
Born: November 7, 1973.
Current Residence: Rochester, NY
High School: Palmyra-Macedon (Rochester, NY) '92
College: Rochester '96 (Division III)
PRs 5000m: 5k 14:30 (uncertified), 10k: 29:18 20k, 60:00. half-marathon
1:04:13, marathon 2:15:39
High School Progression
11th grade: 4:42 1600m and 9:41 3200m
12th grade: 2nd in NY State XC, 4:32-4:33 1600m, 9:24 3200m,
and 32:13 10k
Q and A With Todd Reeser
LETSRUN: Tell us a little
about your high school career. How did you get into running?
It's not really the most popular of sports.
REESER: I started because
I had to lose weight for wrestling, so my (wrestling) coach made
me go out for the cross country.
LETSRUN: Did you like running
when you started?
REESER: No, I hated it. I hated it until about the first meet,
which I won and then I loved it after that. Something bout the
competition and doing well makes it a lot easier.
(When I was a wrestler), I
thought runners were like the biggest wimps going. I have lot
more respect for what runners do now, but I used to bust my ass
wrestling, and it makes the training I do for running seem a
little easier. It's my edge, the Kenyans may have to run to school
every day but they've never had to go through a Palmyra/Macedon
LETSRUN: How did you progress
as a runner?
my junior year, I ran cross country, then wrestled and ran track
in the Spring, but I didn't really get serious about it until
senior year (when I decided to quit wrestling) when I really
I ran 9:24 for 3200 meters,
4:32 or 33 for mile (actually 1600 meters) as a senior (as well
as the country's leading 10k time of in the country of 32:13) and
a 9:41 two mile (3200 meters) and 4:42 for the mile (1600 meters).
LETSRUN: Didn't you also win
the state cross country title as a senior?
REESER: Actually, I finished
second in the state to Joe Dunlop.
LETSRUN: Was it easy to give
up wrestling for running?
REESER: Not at all. I had
a tough time with it. I couldn't even go to the wrestling meets
(because it was too hard). I went to the first (wrestling) meet
and sat in the stands and cried. Looking back though, I guess
it was worth it (to quit wrestling)
LETSRUN: How good of a wrestler were you?
REESER: I was pretty good
and our team was very good. We won Sectionals 3 years in a row.
I would have been very good (individually) my senior year, (but
I gave up wrestling then to focus on running).
LETSRUN: How did you end up choosing Rochester
was the local college and I had gone out there to do a few workouts
at their facility. I really liked their facility and liked their
record. They had one the Division three national championship
the year before so it was a higher end Division III school (which
was a plus).
LETSRUN.COM: What advice would you give to
someone in high school today? What do you view the keys are to
guess in high school you should just try to have fun with it,
but be serious at the same time. For me, having fun is going
hard and winning races or at least doing my best. So my advice
would be do your best and have fun.
Also probably don't try to do too many miles
and stick with the shorter races.
LetsRun.com: Do you keep up with the current
high school scene? The kids nowadays seem to be running a lot
faster than when you were in high school 8 or 9 years ago.
followed it a little bit. You run to your competition and I think
that's why their running that fast - there's other guys running
fast. I guess we just went through a lull for while. I don't
think it was anyone's fault, it's just one of those things.
Click here to read
read the extensive LetsRun.com profile of Todd, who was honored
as the LetsRun.com runner of the month in November of 2000.
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