CROSS COUNTRY 1979-81
|Tom Grewe moved to Carpinteria with his family from Los Angeles in the seventh grade. While attending Carpinteria High School, Tom became a runner, participating on both the Cross Country and Track & Field teams. He credits coaches Lou Panizzon, Joe Cantrell and John Larralde for developing his athletic abilities and also teaching him to be a champion on the track and in life.
Tom used Cross Country as a training ground for his distance running career. From 1979 to 1981, Tom was a member of three Tri-Valley League Championship teams. As an individual runner, he placed second in Tri-Valley League and 7th in CIF his sophomore year. His junior and senior years, Tom was both the Tri-Valley League and CIF Champion and was named to the 2nd Team All Western United States.
On the Track & Field front, Tom had successes in the triple jump and hurdle events, but excelled as a distance runner. He was the Tri-Valley League Champion in the mile in 1980 and 1981, when English distances were still run, and the league 1600 meter champion in 1982. In 1981, Tom became the CIF Champion in both the 1600 and 3200 meter events, setting a record in the 1600 and becoming the first CIF 1A distance runner to win the cross country, 1600 and 3200 meter events in the same year. His senior season he took it a few strides further, again winning the CIF 1600 meters with a CIF record time, winning the 3200 meters and winning the CIF Southern Section Masters 1600 meter event. He also set several school and Tri-Valley League records. Tom culminated his senior season by becoming the California State 1600 meter Champion in 1982.
In college, Tom ran cross country and track at Tulane University and Santa Barbara City College, finishing his career at UCLA. While at SBCC in 1984, Tom once again became a State Champion, this time in the 3000 meter steeplechase. While at UCLA, Tom was an NCAA Finalist in 1985, made All Pac-10 in 1986 for the 3000 meter steeplechase and was a member of the 1987 NCAA Championship Team. He is still in the Top-10 at UCLA in the 3000 meter steeplechase.
Tom earned a B.A. in Political Sociology from UCLA and went on to earn an MA in National Security Affairs from the Naval Postgraduate School. He has served more than 22 years in the Navy in both active and reserve service. As a Naval Intelligence Officer, Tom made three deployments to the Persian Gulf. He is currently a Commander in the Naval Reserve and just received orders to return to active duty in March, 2011 for a one-year deployment to Afghanistan.
Tom has been married for more than 20 years to Lisa Weatherford, a CHS alum of 1986, whom he met at Foster’s Freeze. They have three children, Chloe, Spencer and Bennett and reside in Virginia.