May 30, 1991 |
In June of 1989, Greg Whiteley left Brown University in Providence, R.I., determined to see the world and, at the same time, find his place in it. Whiteley had good reason to think the globe could be his for the taking. He was 22, with an Ivy League degree in economics and five NCAA All-American honors in track and field and cross-country. First, the compass pointed to Europe. He spent nearly a year based in Denmark and other cities--London, Oslo, Stockholm--running international track meets.
July 22, 1988 |
Unlike many young runners, Greg Whiteley never got caught up in the popular, but often damaging, pursuit of running endless miles. Run 80-mile weeks? Whiteley, 21, wouldn't hear of it. Instead, Whiteley, a former University High School star and the most recent Orange County prep to run under nine minutes for 3,200-meters (8:57.4 in 1985), developed a successful track career on a basic virtue. Patience. It has helped Whiteley become one of the nation's best 5,000-meter runners.
May 29, 1989 |
One week from today, some of Orange County's top high school track and field athletes might wake up with a sad and perhaps sudden realization that, as graduating seniors, their high school track careers have finally come to an end. No more Orange County championships, no more Southern Section meets, no State championships. For many, their athletic futures will begin in the fall when they enter that exciting yet somewhat intimidating world of collegiate competition. Greg Whiteley, a 1985 graduate of University High and the last county prep athlete to run less than nine minutes in the 3,200 meters, remembers his exit from high school sports as an unfortunate one. A throat virus knocked Whiteley out of the final two weeks of his senior season, forcing him to miss the State meet, where he was a favorite in the 3,200.
February 16, 1986
Greg Whiteley of Irvine was fifth Saturday in the 8-kilometer run at the U.S. Junior National team cross-country championships at Waco, Tex. Whiteley, who won the 3,200 meters in last spring's Orange County track and field championships while he was a senior at University High School, finished in 24 minutes, 42 seconds. He will be a member of the U.S. team that travels to Switzerland in March for the world cross-country championships.
April 21, 1985
Brian Blutreich of Capistrano Valley High School set two meet records at Saturday's Sundevil/Coca Cola Invitational at Mount Carmel High School in San Diego, winning the discus with a toss of 196-5 1/2 and the shot put with a throw of 66-1 1/2. Both marks were well below his personal bests. He has a national best of 210-8 in the discus this season and a career best of 68-4 3/4 in the shot. University's Greg Whiteley also had an impressive performance on Saturday, winning the 1,500 in 3:56.