USATF ATHLETE BIOGRAPHY

Nnenna Lynch

NNENNA LYNCH

Born: July 3, 1971, in New York, N.Y.

Current Residence: Orlando, Fla.

PRs: 3,000m 8:54.30 (1998); 5,000m 15:41.56 (1998); 10,000 32:47.80 (1998)

High School: Hunter College HS, New York, N.Y. '89

College: Villanova '93

Height: 5-6.5

Weight: 118

Coach: Brooks Johnson

Agent: Kim McDonald

Club: Fila TC / Ultima

1986: bests of 4:39.12 (1500) and 10:04.51.

1987: bests of 4:27.74 and 9:41.0.

1988: bests of 4:26.80 and 9:51.64th in 1500 at USA Juniors.

1989: bests of 4:29.55 and 9:56.8182nd in NCAA XC.

1990: bests of 4:19.9 and 9:32.10ran on winning 4 x 800 and distance medley at Big East IndoorECAC Indoor mile champ (4:45.76)won 1500 at USA Juniors38th in NCAA XC.

1991: bests of 4:13.25 and 9:24.87ran on winning 4 x 800 at Big East Indoorwon 1500 at Big Eastwon 1500 at ECAC; ran on winning 4 x 80010th in 1500 at NCAA8th in 1500 at USA Champs12th in NCAA XC.

1992: bests of 4:16.18 and 9:09.46ran on winning 4 x 800 and distance medley at Big East Indoorwon 3000 at Big Eastwon 3000 at ECAC (9:09.46)won 3000 at NCAA (9:24.59)did not finish 3000, 10th in 1500 semi at Olympic Trials3rd in NCAA XC.

1993: best of 9:23.83ran on winning distance medley at Big East Indoor.

1994: bests of 4:27.53 and 9:27.4118th at USA XC Champs.

1995: bests of 4:12.44, 9:18.5 and 16:10.8926th in 5000 at USA Champs (16:36.93).

1996: bests of 4:15.3 and 16:08.93rd in USA XC Trialsmissed World XC Champs due to a positive test for a banned cold medication12th in 1500 semi at Olympic Trials (4:18.16)6th in USA XC Champs.

1997: bests of 4:14.75, 9:02.74 and 15:47.61won USA XC Trials51st in World XC Champs9th in 5000 in USA Champs (16:10.19)won World University Games 5000 (15:47.61 PR)6th in USA XC Champs.

1998: bests of 8:54.30, 15:41.56 and 32:47.80won USA 8K XC Trials8th in 3000 in USA Indoor (9:17.95)37th in World XC 8K Champswon 10,000 at Penn Relays (32:47.80 PR)2nd in 5000 at Prefontaine Classic (15:47.40 PR)4th in 5000 at USA Champs (15:41.56 PR)6th in 5000 at Goodwill Games (16:04.54)4th in 3000 at Edwardsville GP (8:54.30 PR)ranked #4 U.S. at 5000 and 3000 by T&FN; #6 U.S. at 10,000.

The Rest of the Story: Lynch started running by following her older sister, Shola, into a track club: "I knew I was somewhat fast. I had won a grade school Olympiad. Shola's enthusiasm piqued my interest, but she was adamantly opposed to my running track. It was 'her thing'. My parents agreed. They wanted me to develop my own talents. But I was adamant as well. She ended up glad"Shola ran for Texas, winning All-America honors three times; she no longer competes. She works on documentaries now, as part of Ken Burns' organization. She was the assistant produced of a recent documentary on Frank Lloyd Wrightafter earning her degree in sociology (minor in business), Nnenna studied at Oxford as a Rhodes scholar, earning Masters degrees in social anthropologyduring her three-year stay in England, she was coached by Bruce Tullohin 1997-98 she lived in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, training with Joan Nesbitspent a month training in Kenya in 1997now is coached by ex-Stanford head Brooks Johnson: "I felt like my racing performances were falling far short of my ability. I needed more guidance"volunteers for the Democracy Forum, an organization doing historical research on racial violence in Central Floridafor 1999, she says, "I'm looking to make a big jump in performance. I have hopes for the Pan-Am Games, World Champs, and Olympics, but I haven't decided on which distance I'll focus."