Michael Granville

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Michael Granville
Michael Granville (33903844816) (cropped).jpg
Granville in 2017
Personal information
Nationality United States
Born (1978-02-14) February 14, 1978 (age 41)
Bell Gardens, California
Height6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight184 lb (83 kg)
Sport
SportRunning
Event(s)800 metres
College teamUCLA Bruins
Updated on 5 May 2012.

Michael Granville (born February 14, 1978) is a retired American 800 metres runner. He is known for being the National High School record holder in the race. Running for Bell Gardens High School set the record of 1:46.45 in the trial round of the 1996 CIF California State Meet at Cerritos College in Norwalk, California. He went on to win the state meet the following day, but after setting the record he claims he just "dogged it."[1] He had won the race two years earlier and was upset into second by Aaron Richburg, in a major surprise the year before.[2][3]

Granville also holds the indoor 800 metres record and set the class record at 800 metres at all four levels of high school; 1:51.03 as a freshman, 1:48.98 as a sophomore and 1:47.96 as a junior. He is reputed to have run the race around 1:56 in 8th grade. He also won the prestigious Arcadia Invitational multiple times.

Granville was trained by his father, on grass at nearby Bell Gardens Middle School, separate from the rest of his team. His father felt training on grass "makes you work harder."[4]

The 1:46.45 qualified Granville to run in the United States Olympic Trials, skipping his high school graduation, a few weeks later where he advanced to the quarter finals behind the previous High School record holder George Kersh.[5]

After high school, Granville went to UCLA where his times did not improve. He did, however, win two national championships as a member of the school's 1999 4x400 metres relay and distance medley relay teams. He retired from track in 2004.

Granville now serves as the head coach of the Gunn High School Track and Field team and Cross Country team in Palo Alto, California. He is also the owner of the G:Fit Bootcamp an outdoor training circuit that incorporates modalities like TRX, weights, battleropes, and jump ropes into a comprehensive training routine.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.flotrack.org/coverage/235221-US-AthleteCoaches-Interviews/video/176544-Michael-Granville-800m-High-School-National-Record-Holder
  2. ^ "California State Meet Results - 1915 to present". Hank Lawson. Retrieved 2012-12-25.
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-10-06. Retrieved 2011-06-25.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  4. ^ http://articles.latimes.com/1994-05-22/sports/sp-60793_1_bell-gardens
  5. ^ http://www.usatf.org/usatf/files/69/695a8112-b7a0-4b9d-9dbb-8b4bca22677c.pdf
  6. ^ "Instagram - Stay in touch". Granville Fit. Retrieved 2019-04-10.

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