Richard Leigh Beaver ’86

At Episcopal, Dr. Beaver ran cross country and competed in track and field. He was named All-IAC in cross country as a sophomore, junior, and senior, and he led the team to the School’s first IAC championship as a sophomore. He also led the team to a 10-0 dual meet record while serving as its co-captain his junior year. Dr. Beaver broke city and School records and led his team to victory in the Alexandria City Meet during both his junior and senior years.
As a senior, Dr. Beaver captained the cross country team and led them to another IAC championship. He won the IAC individual championship and qualified for the Cross Country National Championship, ranking among the nation’s 28 best high school runners. He was ranked No. 4 in the state by The Alexandria Journal and named by the Alexandria Sportsman’s Club as the Cross Country Athlete of the Year. He received All-America and All-Met honors as a senior, and he led his team to a 9-1 record in dual meets and a ranking in the state’s top 15 schools.
On the track and field team, Dr. Beaver led the indoor team to an IAC championship and to undefeated seasons during his sophomore, junior, and senior years. He set School records in the indoor 1,600-meter, two-mile, and 3,200-meter runs, and he still holds the School records for the 1,500-meter and mile runs. Dr. Beaver had the 10th-fastest high school time in the 3,200-meter in America and the fifth-best time in Virginia in the indoor mile.
Dr. Beaver served as the Chair of the Honor Committee and a Senior Monitor. He received the Rinehart Medal for Athletic Worth as a senior and the Parker Reed Carr Medal for Cross Country as both a junior and a senior. After graduation, he ran cross country at Dartmouth College.