EUGENE, OR — Former Grand Blanc track star Grant Fisher will be chasing down his Olympic dreams on track and field’s biggest stage this summer.
Fisher, 24, qualified for the 5,000 and 10,000-meter Men’s Olympic events at the U.S Olympic Track and Field Trials held at Oregon University’s Hayward Field in Eugene, Ore., last month. He will be representing Team USA at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan.
Fisher initially earned his spot on the U.S. Men’s Track and Field team by finishing second in the 10,000-meter qualifier on June 18. Woody Kincaid, Fisher’s teammate with the Portland-based Bowerman Track Club, came in just head of Fisher with a time of 27:53.62, while Fisher clocked a time of 27:54.29.
Fisher also finished second in the 5,000-meter qualifier race on June 27 with a time of 13:27.01, ahead of third-place Kincaid. 2016 Olympic silver medalist Paul Chelimo edged out Fisher and won the event with a time of 13:26.82.
Although Fisher specializes in 5,000-meter events, he has stated that he intends to run both the 5,000 and 10,000-meter races at the Olympics, according to an article in “Runner’s World.” In 2016, he attempted to qualify for the Rio Olympics in the U.S Olympic Trials 5,000-meter event but fell two spots short of advancing to the final, finishing 18th in total time.
Ed Stanbury, Fisher’s cross country and track and field coach at Grand Blanc, said that his former star runner will be a force to be reckoned with in Tokyo—partly because of Fisher’s poise and his ability to face pressure.
“Grant has handled himself so well over the years, and you can see by the way he answers questions from the press and goes about his business,” Stanbury said. “He knows how to handle things properly and with class, and he has a lot of internal confidence.”
Fisher, a 2015 Grand Blanc High School graduate, ran track and field and cross country for the Bobcats from 2012 to 2015. During his high school career, he shattered many state track and field records and won seven state championships, including three at 3,200 meters and two at 1,600 meters.
In his senior year, Fisher broke the state record for 1,600 meters with a time of 4:00.28, topping the previous record of 4:07.67 held by Grand Blanc’s Omar Kaddurah. Fisher also became the seventh U.S. high school runner to break the 4-minute mile, setting a time of 3:59.38 at the Nike Festival of Miles in St. Louis in 2015.
“We could see Grant’s progression year by year and how he had this potential to really grow as an athlete,” Stanbury said. “He learned something from every single one of those races and gained valuable experience going up against other upper-level runners.”
Fisher’s other accolades included winning back-to-back Foot Locker Cross Country Championships and receiving Michigan High School Athlete of the Year honors in cross country and track in his senior year. He was also a two-time Gatorade National Boys Cross Country Runner of the Year.
After graduating from Grand Blanc, Fisher competed in track and field and cross country for Stanford University from 2015 to 2019. At Stanford, Fisher was a 12-time All American and a three-time Pac-12 champion. His collegiate resume includes winning the 2017 NCAA outdoor 5,000-meter championship, breaking the U.S. collegiate indoor 3,000- meter record and being named the 2018 Pac-12 Men’s Cross Country Scholar Athlete of the Year.
The 2020 Olympics will be held from July 23 to Aug. 8.