Olympic steeplechase runner returning to his alma mater
Taft Union High School's greatest runner, Billy Nelson, will return to his alma mater Friday afternoon to address the student body in the auditorium.
The 32-year-old Olympian in the 3,000-meter steeplechase in 2008 in Beijing is now an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at the University of Colorado Buffaloes, where he competed in college. He is a 2007 Big 12 Conference titleholder, a four-time NCAA All-American and a runner-up at the 2008 NCAA Outdoor Championships. In 2011, he claimed his first career title in the steeplechase at the U.S. Outdoor Track and Field Championships.As a Taft High senior in 2002, he won the Division IV state championship in cross-country and in track set still unbroken school records in the 3,200-meter (9:35), mile (4:15) and 3,000-meter steeplechase (8:54).
He lives in Boulder, CO, with his wife, Alisa, and three children: Arabella Kennedy, Noah Andrew and Lonnie Jack.