David Krummenacker

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From left to right: Krummenacker's mother Marylou, Krummenacker, Krummenacker's girlfriend Karima White[1]

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The Beginning

David Krummenacker was born May 24, 1975 in El Paso, Texas to Marylou Krummenacker. In 1993, Krummenacker graduated high school at Las Cruces High School. In high school, standing in at 6’2”, Krummenacker seemed to be the perfect mold for a basketball player, and, as such, he joined the basketball team freshman year.[2] Krummenacker originally had no interest in any type of running sport. During his freshman year though, his coach required everyone to join one in order to be part of the basketball team. As typical in most high schools, there were only two to choose from: Track and Cross Country. After a season of cross country, Krummenacker switched to track for the spring, where he discovered the sport he preferred most[3]. His sophomore year, he won the New Mexico High School state competition 800m title. His junior year, Krummenacker came back and took the 1600m title with a time of 3:58.46 as well as the 800m with a time of 1:52.02. His senior year, Krummenacker won both titles again; this time with a shaving 4 seconds off of his 800m time. A dedicated student as well as athlete, Krummenacker went on to the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, GA, where he graduated with a degree in management five years later in 1998.

Krummenacker’s time at Georgia Tech

Krummenacker was a well-known and dedicated high school athlete. Following his true nature, when he went to Georgia Tech the circumstances did not change. Krummenacker was pulled back from his accustomed high rank in high school almost instantaneously[3]. His freshman year was rough, but showed great potential, making it in the top four only three times out of the seven events he participated in. During his sophomore year, Krummenacker was injured and could not compete in any meets or competition for its entirety. Although Krummenacker did not compete, he continued to train in preparation for the next season. His training payed off and in his junior year Krummenacker won the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) indoor 800m with a time of 1:53.26 and 1600m with a time of 4:10.40 as well as the ACC 800m with a time of 1:52.68 and 1500m with a time of 3:54.32. [2]Krummenacker’s hard working personality did not let him just stop there, in addition to the various ACC titles, Krummenacker received a fourth place medal in the 800m heat at the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and participated in the Olympic trials for the first time ever in the 800m semi-finals, placing 7yh with a time of 1:47.58. His junior year Krummenacker not only won the ACC 800m but the NCAA indoor 800m as well. His senior year was no exception, and Krummenacker took home the NCAA indoor 800m title for a second time. At tech, Krummenacker trained under coach Alan Drosky. Though he started out seemingly behind everyone else, Krummenacker stayed focused and dedicated so he could become the head athlete he was his senior year. In the spring of 1998, Krummenacker participated in commencement and graduated from Georgia Tech with a degree in Management[2] .

Krummenacker winning the 2003 Indoor Track and Field World Championship[1]

Athletic Career after Tech

Unfortunately, after winning the NCAA Indoor 800m in 1998 Krummenacker strained a hamstring, but that did not stop him. Having dealt with an injury before, Krummenacker was hindered by not being able to compete, but used it to his advantage as an opportunity to train yet again. This time, Krummenacker did not wait a year before he stepped back into the competition again. Krummenacker’s athletic career did not skip a beat once college ended. In 1999, Krummenacker not only placed 9th in the 1500m at United States of America (USA) Outdoors with a time of 3:42.05 but he advanced to World Champs as third American team member where he ranked 7th in the semi-finals with a time of 3:39.19[2] . In 2000, for the first time ever after college, Krummenacker participated in the Olympic Trials and placed 12th with a time of 3:50.50. Not only was he ranked #9 in the United States in the 800m by Track and Field News, he made a personal best of 1:46.62 in the 800m. In 2001 he was the USA 800m champ with a time of 1:49.24, placed 7th in semi-finals at World Outdoors with a time of 1:47.46, 5th at Goodwill Games with a time of 1:47.40, 4th at the United States Open with a time of 1:46.46, a new personal best, and was ranked #1 in the United States for the 800m[4]. Krummenacker took the USA outdoor 800m championships again in 2002 after his victory in 2001. In 2003, Krummenacker placed 1st in 6 different events, such as the World Indoor 800m, USA indoor 800m, Verizon Millrose Games, Tyson Foods Invitational, and the Adidas Oregon Track Classic Outdoors 800m[5]. In 2004 for, Krummenacker competed in the Olympic Trials for the second time, and this time placed fourth. He also placed 7th in Zurich, 3rd in the 1000m at Addidas Boston Indoor Games, 2nd in the 800m at the Verizon Millrose Games, 3rd in the 800m at the Tyson Foods Invitational, 2nd at Turin in the 800m, and was ranked #3 in the United States by Track and Field News[6]. In 2005, Krummenacker placed 2nd in the USA outdoor 800m and was ranked #2 by Track and Field News. Just recently, in 2008 Krummenacker participated in the Olympic Trials for the third time and place 20th in the 1500m semi-finals with a time of 3:34.69 and 15th in the 800m semi-finals with a time of 1:48.61.

Krummenacker preparing for a race in 2003[1]

Life After Tech

Krummenacker stayed focus on his vigorous athletic schedule, and proved to be an impressive athlete of close to two decades now. Currently, Krummenacker resides in Tucson, Arizona with his girlfriend Karima White and holds a steady and strong religion of the Baha'i Faith. Krummenacker strongly believes the main reason he has been so blessed with his ability and talent was due to his strong spirituality. Krummenacker’s strong ethics and beliefs have brought him into amazing opportunities that are written and published about at Tech in the Technique even though he has been graduated for over a decade now. His history at tech serves as a message to anyone at tech that with enough hard work and determination anyone can end up doing what they are most passionate about after college. Krummenacker took advantage of the resources and opportunities at Tech to make him a great athlete. Not only can he inspire Tech students through his accomplishments, but also competing the Olympics has made his potential impact global. Not only can he inspire kids to always do their best, but his attention from the press and sports articles has brought yet another positive light to Georgia Tech’s name. In many articles regarding David Krummenacker, he is regarded to as a Georgia Tech graduate. This puts Tech’s name out there a lot more, and to an audience that would not typically think of Tech as a good school to go for place to start an athletic career. By Krummenacker being so successful and strong, Georgia Tech’s variety aspects grow from being an engineering school to a more diverse school for different interests, not just scholarship but sportsmanship as well.

Quotes from David Krummenacker

“I believe consistency, hard work, good coaching, proper diet, rest, and the grace of God, Who instills my health and internal strength, will aid me to achieve what I have set out to."[citation needed]

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Mennillo, Tom. "Running the Race of His life." Baha'i World News Service. N.p., 8 Aug. 2003. Web. 29 Sept. 2010. <http://news.bahai.org/story/236>.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 "David Krummenacker." USA Track & Field. Google, 2008. Web. 29 Sept. 2010. <http://www.usatf.org/athletes/bios/Krummenacker_David.asp>.
  3. 3.0 3.1 "David Krummenacker." Wikipedia. Media Wiki, 16 Sept. 2010. Web. 29 Sept. 2010. <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_Krummenacker>.
  4. "By the numbers." Technique 28 June 2001: 16. Web. 29 Sept. 2010.
  5. Rieck, Kimberly. "Jackets place at U.S. Track & Field Nationals." Technique 27 June 2003: 16+. Web. Sept. 2010.
  6. "In His Own Words- David Krummenacker." Track and Field News. N.p., 2005. Web. 29 Sept. 2010. http://www.trackandfieldnews.com/athlete_diaries/david_krummenacker/index.html.
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