Nathan Hale High School Math Teacher Competes in U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials

Nathan Hale High School Math Teacher Competes in U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials
Posted on 03/01/2020
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On Saturday, February 29, 2020, John Dewitt, a West Allis resident and math teacher at Nathan Hale High School traveled to Atlanta to compete in the U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials, where the top 3 finishers would be selected to represent Team USA at the Tokyo Summer 2020 Olympics. He qualified for the Trials at the Twin Cities Marathon in 2017 where he was the top American and placed seventh overall.  

In Atlanta, Dewitt
finished 90th out of the 243 qualified competitors, moving up 50 spots over the last 10 miles, from 140th at 16 miles to 90th at the finish. Dewitt was satisfied with his performance, as he told us, “At the end of the day, I can lay my head down at night knowing that I gave it everything that I had, which is all you can ask.” 

“I am just unbelievably thankful for the support that I've received from everyone: my parents, my friends, students, staff, administration, and the community. When things are challenging, especially late in the race, there are lots of doubts that creep into your mind that can affect your performance.”

“However, when I went through those stages, I fought the doubts by remembering all the people that I was competing for.  In the later stages of the race, when I wanted to slow down or quit, I vividly remember thinking of the people who I was racing for, including the people in West Allis. It definitely contributed to my ability to find another gear and pass so many people during the last 10 miles. I am honored to say I competed against the best in the country and finished in the better half.”