E. C. Glass Alumnus and World Track and Field Champion
When 22-year-old David Verburg returned to the place where he still holds the school record in the 400 meters, he had one simple answer for his streak of success on the track: "I always had a goal."
Midway through his junior year of high school, David moved to Lynchburg with his parents. One might think it would be difficult to adjust at such a key time in your high school career. But David found that being a part of athletics gave him an immediate home at E. C. Glass High School.
He played football and soccer, but the track was where David really made an impact. David started out as a 100-meter runner, but his track coach, Coach Smith, encouraged him to give the 400 meter a try. He initially ran the event as a warm up and training opportunity, but it became clear that this was to be his event. His senior year he broke the school record—a record that had stood since 1964. His time of 47.15 seconds is still the fastest time of any E. C. Glass high school sprinter.
As he achieved athletic success in high school, David continued to set goals for himself. He earned a track scholarship to attend George Mason University, where set out to reach another goal, to become an All-American college athlete. By the time he graduated with a degree in Sports Management and Business in 2013, that goal had been met, and another was on the horizon.
David ran in the top 6 at the USA trials and was selected to run the first leg for the United States of America at the IAAF World Athletics Championships in Moscow. He and his teammates captured the gold medal in the 4 by 400 meter relay. Now David says he’s got his sites set on becoming an Olympic champion.
During the fall of 2013, David returned to E. C. Glass to speak to a group of student athletes. He shared his personal journey and encouraged students to make the most of their time in high school, both in the classroom and as an athlete. His advice: have goals, practice for success and listen to your coaches. It’s what has worked for him.