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Event: Marathon
Height: 5-5
Weight: 110
PR: 2:29:05 (1993)
Born: June 3, 1965, in Coos Bay, Ore.
Current Residence: Shepherdstown, W.V.
High School: Marshfield (Ore.) '83
College: Portland '88
Coach: Chris Fox
Club: unattached

Career Highlights: 2000 U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials runner-up; won the 1994 Chicago Marathon and the 1993 Houston Marathon; 5th at 1996 Olympic Trials.

Johnston attended the same high school as the legendary Steve Prefontaine..."I grew up in Coos Bay. Prefontaine was huge when I was a kid, so I went out for the team."...She ran times of 4:43.2 (1500) and 10:07.7 (3000) as a prep and tied for the state 3000 title as a senior...was a five-time All-America pick in NAIA cross country and track...after college, she took a few years off...when she moved to Eugene, she started training again: "Mike Manley [1969 national champ in steeple] was a big influence."...Earned her degree in she teaches full-time, seventh and eighth grade language arts at Martinsburg South Middle School: "It's a challenge. I've always respected people who worked and ran, but now I appreciate it even more"...coached by Chris Fox, whom married on December 28, 1998...Fox is a former top-flight distance runner (13:21.60 for 5000, 2:13:43 for the marathon); now 40, he is competing on the masters circuit..."We work well together. We train together quite a bit. His easy run is a tempo run for me"...of the future, she says, "I still think I can run faster. In my heart and my head I have a 2:27. I think I can do it. I'm going to keep going as long as it takes or until I fall apart."

2000: Placed 2nd at Olympic Trials (2:35:36) but did not qualify for Olympic team due to lacking Olympic 'A' standard... finished 8th at LaSalle Bank Chicago Marathon (2:33:20)... ranked #2 in U.S. by T&FN... best of 2:33:20.
1999: 10th at Chicago, ranked #3 by T& of 2:32:34.
1998: 8th in Chicago (2:32:37)...ranked #3 in U.S. by T& of 2:32:37.
1997: Did not finish Boston...13th in Chicago (2:42:24) of 2:42:24.
1996: 5th in Olympic Trials (2:34:21)...2nd in Chicago (2:31:06)...ranked #5 in U.S. by T& of 2:31:06.
1995: 8th in Chicago (2:35:50) of 2:35:50.
1994: Won Chicago (2:31:34) of 2:31:34.
1993: Won Houston (2:29:05 PR)...ranked #2 in U.S. by T& of 2:29:05.
1992: 11th in 10,000 heat at Olympic Trials (34:52.99)...also 9:14.8 for of 34:52.99 (10,000).
1991: 8th in Houston (2:39:45 PR)...16th in USA Champs 10,000 (33:49.70) of 2:39:45, plus 32:56.1.