Lynchburg - E.C. Glass students got to hear from a world track and field champion Thursday morning. And the neat thing, this world champion was a student at Glass just a few years ago.
Hilltoppers graduate David Verburg spoke to the Glass Team Leadership Group just a month-and-a-half after helping the U.S. 4-by-400 relay team win the gold medal in the World Championships in Moscow. The 7-time collegiate All-American has wrapped up his career at George Mason, now he's a pro athlete for Adidas and has his own t-shirt line, all at just 22 years old.David Verburg, WORLD CHAMPION, 7-TIME ALL-AMERICAN, said "To be, you know, from a smaller area and then come from E.C. Glass to be at Mason and then to be a world champion on such a global stage really means a lot to me. You know I was the underdog all through high school, all through college. And to come out and still show small people can do big things, too, really means a lot."
Verburg says the key for him has been staying focused and driven on his goals. So what are the next goals for the world champion?
Verburg said "I mean the plan doesn't change. Worlds are in 2015, Rio is in 2016. So my goal is to just keep getting faster, you know, get another medal at Worlds and then be an Olympian in 2016 and keep making my family and my country proud."