Events: middle distance
PRs: 800m 1:46.99 (1998); 1500m 3:35.21 (2000); Mile 3:59.32 (1998); 3000m 7:58.40 (1998); 5000m 13:44.60 (2000); Marathon 2-hour, 19-minute (2005)
Born: Born January 25, 1979 at Forks of Salmon, Calif.
Current Residence: Palo Alto, Calif.
High School: East (Madison, Wis.) '97
College: Stanford '02
Coach: Terrence Mahon
Career Highlights: 2005 USA Outdoor Champs 1,500m runner-up; 2000 Olympic Trials 1500m champion; 2000 NCAA 1500m
champion; 2000 NCAA Indoor mile champion; Three-time All-American; 2000 Olympic
After competing sparingly, if at all, from 2002 to 2005, Jennings nearly pulled a tremendous upset at the 2006 AT&T USA Outdoor Championships when he came down the final stretch of the men’s 1,500m final neck-and-neck with two-time Olympic medalist Bernard Lagat. The outcome was in question until the final meters when Lagat edged across the finish line in 3:39.29 with Jennings an eyelash behind in 3:39.42. Jennings proved that his performance at the outdoor nationals was not a fluke when he placed a very respectable fouth at the IAAF World Cup of Athletics. After competing at the 2000 Olympic Games and placing fourth in the men's 1,500 meters at the 2001 USA Outdoor Championships, Jennings lost his desire to run. During a trip to Kenya in 2003-2004, Jennings rediscovered his passion for training. Since then, Jennings has hooked up with Running USA coach Terrence Mahon, who also works with Olympic marathon medalists Deena Kastor and Meb Keflezighi. Jennings' distance training with Mahon produced a 2-hour, 19-minute marathon in December 2005 at the Cal International in Sacramento. Jennings utilized his recent long distance training in securing a surprising second-place finish in the 1,500 meters at the 2006 AT&T USA Outdoor Championships in Indianapolis, finishing just a stride behind U.S. record-holder Bernard Lagat. "I can't express how it feels to get the edge back," he told the Washington Times. "I started to feel the hunger again with the marathon, then at Eugene [Prefontaine meet] and at nationals. Second was good but not a celebration until I medal in 2008. Extreme is what people have labeled me. But I have high standards, not just in running. In school, I always tried to go beyond the grade itself. In running, to go beyond the finish line." Jennings grew up in Northern California's Klamath National Forest without electricity and indoor plumbing. As a prep, he ran a 4:02 mile. As a college sophomore, Jennings won the NCAA indoor mile and the NCAA 1500m outdoors. He runs to a rhythm, sometimes singing in the middle of a race. He's been a drummer since he was young and majored in music at Stanford before changing to mathamatics...sees his life in three stages; athletics, music and philosophy...says his 'greatest fear is fear itself, and my greatest dream is that I will stop dreaming altogether and just live.'...says his heroes aren't people like Prefontaine or Salazar but others like Michael Stember, Jason Pyrah, Jason Lunn and his teammates and competitors - runners in the here and now...was a member of the Stanford team that stopped Arkansas' winning streak of NCAA team championships in 2000.
2006: Runner-up at AT&T USA Outdoor Champs (3:39.42)…4th at World Cup
(3:55.09)…2nd in 1,500 at Nike Prefontaine Classic (3:41.35)…ranked #8 in U.S by
T&FN…best of 3:39.42.
2005: Ran 2-hour, 19-minute marathon in Sacramento.
2004: Did not compete.
2003: Did not compete.
2002: Did not compete.
2001: 4th in 1,500m at USA Outdoors (3:38.02) after moving decisively into lead with 400m to go2nd in 1,500 at NCAA Outdoors (3:37.56).
2000: Won Olympic Trials 1500m (3:35.90)...placed 9th in Olympic semifinal (3:40.10)...also ran 3:37.33 at Stanford, Calif., on May 5...won NCAA 1500 in 3:38.76...won at Mt. SAC on April 15 at 3:40.08...ranked #1 U.S. in 1500 by T&FN...best of 3:25.21.
1999: Redshirted, ran unattached. Won the Vancouver Sun Harry Jerome Classic (3:40.41)...member of USATF middle distance development crew that competed in Europe...Pac-10 All-Academic cross country selection...best 3:39.85 in Birmingham, England.
1998: 2nd in 1500 at NCAA outdoors...Pac-10 meet finished 3rd in the 5000...4th place finish at NCAA Indoors in the 3000m...Won 1500m at the U.S. Junior Championships and the 5000 (14:48.03)...5th at the World Junior Championships in the 1500...6th in the 800 at the U.S. Championships (1:46.99)...Pac-10 All-Academic cross country selection...bests of 1:46.99. 3:50.84, 4:59.32 (9mile) and 13:57.28.
1997: Redshirted Cross Country...Won the Junior National Cross Country championship and made his third U.S. national team...Prefontaine Classic in the mile 4:02.81 fastes prep time in 23 years...2nd place in Junior Nationals in 1500m (3:45.98)...high school state champion in 800 and 1600m...bests of 1:52.18, 3:45.98 and 4:02.81 (mile).
1996: High school state champion in 800, 1600 and 3200...best of 3:50.84.
1995: High school state champion in 1600 and 3200.