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TONY COSEY
Event: Steeplechase
Height: 5-11
Weight: 145
PR: 8:21.41 (2000)
Born: October 5, 1974, in Knoxville, Tenn.
Current Residence: Knoxville, Tenn.
High School: Central HS, Knoxville, Tenn. '92
College: Tennessee '96
Coach: Todd Williams
Agent: GiGi Ravera
Club: adidas

Career Highlights: 2000 Olympian; 3rd at 1998 U.S. Indoor 3,000; 4th, '98 U.S. Outdoors Steeple; 7-time NCAA All-American.

Cosey got into running after he broke his middle school record for the physical fitness test in the mile (around 5:22)...the record he broke belonged to the neighbor across the street, Brad Higdon, who went on to become a state champion and a steepler at Tennessee. Higdon, three years older, recruited Cosey for the high school team; in his first fall of cross country running, Cosey placed 15th at state...'When I heard I could get my college paid for if I ran well, the light went on'...in the 1993 SEC cross country champs, Cosey fell and got up in dead last, but managed to finish 4th in the 90-man field...says that during college, when he found out that he could make money running after graduation, he decided he would keep pursuing his running career for a while: 'It's been a rocky road. I'm definitely not getting rich, but I'm enjoying myself, and as long as I'm not going broke.' Married to Kathryn...earned his undergrad degree in psychology, and is working in financial planning for American General Financial Group...daughter Taylor was born Sept. 23, 2000, two days before he ran at the Olympics in Sydney...puts in 90 miles a week in training...is also a volunteer assistant coach for the Vols' cross country and track teams...2-time HS state XC champ in 1990 and '91, Cosey also won the 3200 title in '91 and broke the state record for 1600m at the 1992 state meet.

2002: 7th at U.S. 15K Champs (45:05).
2001: 6th in 4K at U.S. XC Winter Nationals (11:16.40)39th in 4K at World XC Champs (13:30)12th at USA Outdoors (8:42.42)best of 8:38.95.
2000: 3rd at Olympic Trials with PR 8:21.41...10th in 2nd heat at Olympics (8:35.25)...ranked 3rd in U.S. by T&FN...best of 8:21.41.
1999: 10th at USA Outdoors (8:42.32)...10th, World University Games...ranked #9 in U.S. by T&FN...best of 8:34.04.
1998: 3rd in 3000 at USA Indoor (7:55.89 PR)...3rd at adidas Oregon Classic (8:33.63)...4th in USA Outdoors (8:39.33)...5th at Goodwill Games (8:27.60 PR)...ranked #4 in U.S. in steeple by T&FN...best of 8:27.60.
1997: 9th in USA 15K Road Champs (44:57)...7th in USA 10K Road Champs (29:30)...did not finish steeple at USA Outdoors coming off a barrier, he was bumped and landed wrong on a foot, tearing ligaments, breaking one bone and fracturing another; surgery followed later in the summer...50th in USA XC Champs (fell)...ranked #10 in U.S. by T&FN...best of 8:35.92.
1996: 3rd in mile (4:05.93), 2nd in 3000 (8:10.92) at SEC Indoor...7th in 3000 at NCAA Indoor (8:00.92)...2nd in steeple at SEC (8:53.90); 5th in 1500 (3:48.87)...4th in steeple at NCAA (8:36.78)...10th in steeple at Olympic Trials (8:40.66)...23rd in USA XC Champs.
1995: 3rd in 3000 (8:08.77) at SEC Indoor4th in 3000 at NCAA Indoor (8:08.00)2nd in steeple at SEC (8:53.42)9th in 5000 heat at NCAA (14:46.84)did not finish steeple heat at USA Outdoors3rd in SEC XCwon District III XC7th in NCAA XCbest of 8:43.86.
1994: 4th in 3000 at SEC Indoor (8:11.92)6th in steeple at SEC (9:02.9); 5th in 10,000 (30:58.25)9th in 5000 heat at NCAA (15:18.68)3rd in SEC XCwon District III XC28th in NCAA XCbest of 8:55.66.
1993: 6th in SEC Indoor 3000 (8:16.16)4th in SEC XC123rd in NCAA XC.
1992: HS state champion at 1600m9th in SEC XCbest of 4:11.9 (1600) for a Tennessee HS state record.
1991: Won Tennessee HS state 3200 titlewon Tennessee HS state XC title.
1990: Won Tennessee HS state XC title.

3/11/02