Winona High school graduate Garrett Heath will take part in the Olympic Trials in Eugene, Oregon, next Monday, July 4th as he attempts to qualify for the Rio Olympics.
The 30-year-old Heath is a graduate of Stanford and represented the U.S. national team at the 2010 World Indoor Championships where he finished seventh in the 1500 meter trials. He is a nine-time All-American
In the Olympic year, he was ranked 4th among US distance runners in the mile and the 1500 indoors although he was ranked 8th among U.S. metric milers in outdoor track and finished 9th in his semifinal heat, thus failing to qualify for the 2012 Olympic Team. The trials will be televised by NBC Sports.
Heath is not the only Winona High athlete to come close to the Olympics. Lexi Ramler, who attends Winona High and trains at Winona's Kidsport Gymnastics Center, placed 14th at the P and G National Championships last weekend in St. Louis. She is from the Twin Cities.
The top 15 finishers in that event were invited to the Olympic trails in San Diego in two weeks. But Ramler did not get an invitation