By Denise Dunbar | [email protected]
Alexandrians Noah Lyles and Troy Isley are Olympians.
Lyles and Isley, both graduates of T.C. Williams High School, now called Alexandria City High School, earned spots on the U.S. Olympic team after competing in the Olympic Trials in Eugene, Oregon and Lake Charles, Louisiana, respectively and will participate in the Tokyo Olympics, which begin July 23 and run through Aug. 8.
Track and field star Lyles, a 2016 T.C. alum, will compete in the men’s 200-meter race after winning the U.S. Olympic Trials for that distance on Sunday. He will also run a leg of the U.S. men’s 4 x 100 meter relay race.
Isley, 22, is a middleweight boxer who has trained for years with the Alexandria Boxing Club, which operates out of the Charles Houston Recreation Center in Alexandria’s Parker-Gray neighborhood. Isley is trying to become the first U.S. boxer to gain an Olympic medal in his weight class since 2004.
Lyles, who is listed as 5’-11” and 154 pounds on the Team USA website, won gold medals for the U.S. in the 2019 World Championship in the 200-meter and 4 x 100 races. Isley weighs 165 pounds and competes in the 75 kg weight category. He finished third in the 2017 Elite World Championships and is 2-0 as a professional boxer.