Decorated Western Branch alum training for Olympic Trials

CHESAPEAKE (WAVY) – Blake Theroux never really considered running track. As a freshman at Western Branch High School, he thought he’d be playing soccer.

Instead, he gave track a try and became one of the most decorated runners in program history. A graduate of 2010, he was part of five state champion teams and left with several school records, including the one-mile, two-mile, and a couple of relays.

He took those talents out west to Colorado University, and was part of the first cross country squad in program history to repeat as National Champions. His days of collegiate track are over, but now he has his sights set on a run at next summer’s Olympic Trials in Eugene, Oregon.

Theroux, 23, will try and qualify in the steeplechase event, which is a modified hurdle run that includes water. He will have to run a qualifying time in any sanctioned meet leading up to the Trials next June.


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