USATF ATHLETE BIOGRAPHY

Rochelle Stevens

ROCHELLE STEVENS

Event: 400m

Height: 5-8

Weight: 125

PR: 400m: 50.06 (1992)

Born: September 8, 1966, in Memphis, Tn

Current Residence: Memphis, Tn

High School: Melrose HS (Memphis, Tn) '84

College: Morgan State '88

Coach: Beatrice Davis

Agent: Kermit Foster / self

Club: Nike

Career Highlights: 1996 Olympic gold medalist (4x400m); 1992 Olympic silver medalist (4x400m); 1995 World Champs gold medalist (4x400m); 6th at 1992 Olympics; 1992 Olympic Trials champion; 1991 U.S. Indoor 200m champion; 1988 NCAA Outdoor 400m champion; 2nd in 400m at 1998 U.S. Outdoor nationals.

As a high schooler, Stevens was best known as an 800-meter runner, with a best of 2:11.01she started running at age 12earned a degree in telecommunications and sales from Morgan Statesponsors the Rochelle Stevens Invitational Track Meet in Memphis each summer, an age group affair that draws 2,000 athletes from 10 states spokesperson for Posner cosmeticsis a registered agent with the Canadian Football Leagueis coached by her mother, Beatrice (Holloway) Davis, since 1991: "Once I get off the field, she's Mom again"Davis had been a state champion in high school and was a freshman on scholarship at the legendary Tennessee State program, when she became pregnant with Rochelle: "I ended her career. She's done her running through me"gave up the sport after missing the Olympic team in 1988; returned after her sister, Catherine Holloway died of a brain tumor; Stevens promised to win her a medal in Barcelonalost much of the 1993 season to a pulled hamstring; 1994 was a down year as well, after she slipped on ice and broke her jaw, which had to be wired for six weeksshe ended up being iron deficient and anemicafter a low-key 1997, when she said her chief goal was to get over some aches and pains, she came back strong in 1998, placing 2nd in national.

1999: did not compete.

1998: best of 51.072nd at USA Outdoors (51.07)6th in Goodwill Games (52.08); second leg on runner-up 4x400m (51.2 for 3:24.81)ranked #5 U.S. by T&FN.

1997: best of 54.106th in heats of USA Outdoors (54.10).

1996: best of 50.652nd in 200m heat (23.31) at USA Indoors4th in Olympic Trials (51.16); did not compete in quarterfinals of 200m (23.31 heat)led-off gold medal 4x400m at Olympic Games (51.68 for 3:20.91)ranked #4 U.S. by T&FN.

1995: best of 51.265th in USA Indoors (52.33)4th in USA Outdoors (51.97)second leg on winning 4x400m at World Champs (50.5 for 3:22.39)ranked #4 U.S. by T&FN.

1994: best of 51.454th in 200m heat (24.35) at USA Indoor6th in USA Outdoors (52.42)led-off 5th-place 4x400m at World Cup (53.6 for 3:30.99)ranked #8 U.S. by T&FN.

1993: best of 52.39won 200m at USA Indoors (23.51)7th in USA Outdoors (52.56).

1992: best of 50.063rd in 200m (23.98) at USA Indoorswon Olympic Trials (50.22)6th in Olympic Games (50.11); silver medal-winning 4x400m (3:20.92)ranked #8 in world (#2 U.S.) by T&FN.

1991: best of 50.71won 200m, 3rd in 400 at USA Indoors5th in USA Outdoorsled-off 2nd-place 4x400m at World Champsranked #5 U.S. by T&FN.

1990: best of 50.394th in USA Indoors2nd at USA Outdoors4th in GP Finalranked #8 in world (#1 U.S.) by T&FN.

1989: best of 50.75won USA Outdoors4th in World Cup; second leg on 4th-place 4x400mranked #4 in world (#1 U.S.) by T&FN.

1988: best of 51.23won NCAA 400m (51.23); 3rd in 200m3rd in 200m at USA Outdoors5th in semis in both 200m and 400m at Olympic Trialsranked #8 U.S. by T&FN; #9 U.S. at 200m.

1987: best of 51.23, plus 22.84 (200m)won MEAC 200m2nd in NCAA 400m; 7th in 200m7th in USA Outdoorsled-off winning 4x400m at Pan Am Gamesranked #5 U.S. by T&FN.

1986: best of 51.90won MEAC 200m7th in heat at NCAA Outdoors.

1985: best of 53.317th in heat at NCAA Outdoors6th in heat at USA Outdoors.

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