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RICH KENAH
Events: 800m and 1500 meters
Height: 6-1
Weight: 160
Born: August 4, 1970, in Montclair, N.J.
Current Residence: Reston, Va.
PRs: 800m - 1:43.38 (1997); 1500m - 3:37.63 (1997)
High School: Immaculate Conception HS, Montclair, N.J. '88
College: Georgetown '92
Coach: Frank Gagliano
Agent: Mark Wetmore
Club: Asics

Career Highlights: Won bronze medal at both 1997 World Indoor and Outdoor Championships; 2nd at 2000 Olympic Trials; 1992 NCAA indoor 800 champion.

Kenah first became interested in running when he traveled to road races as a child to watch his father, a New Jersey state champion at 880. Kenah earned his degree in business (international marketing) has worked part-time in the off-season assisting top NBA agent David Falk. Married distance runner Cheri Goddard on September 26, 1997. In 1996, Kenah vowed to retire from the sport if he did not make the Olympic team. He explains, 'Cheri and I were getting married soon and I was making no great living by running'...several factors changed his mind, one of them being a long conversation he had with now-USATF CEO Craig Masback: 'He helped me put running in the proper perspective, and convinced me not to be in a hurry to move on. He said I would regret it if I gave up chasing my dreams.' The next year, Kenah won the bronze medal at the Worlds with a gutsy stretch run. In July, he made his first Olympic Team - again using a gutsy stretch run...won first U.S. Championship at 1989 Junior Nationals.

2001: 5th in 800m at Millrose Games (1:51.61).
2000: Coming up from mid-pack in the final stretch, placed 2nd in 800m at Olympic Trials (1:46.05)...placed 6th in 1st heat in Olympic 800m (1:47.85)...had up-and- down indoor season, finishing 3rd at the Millrose Games in the 800...ranked 2nd U.S. at 800m...bests of 1:45.33, at Zurich on August 11, 3:43.72 and 4:00.54 at the Penn Relays on April 29.
1999: 3rd at USA Outdoors (1:46.13)...3rd in semis at World Champs (1:45.99).... ranked #3 in U.S. by T&FN...bests of 1:44.91 and 3:43.26.
1998: Did not compete; injured.
1997: Bronze medal at World Outdoor Champs (1:44.25)...3rd at World Indoor Champs...2nd at USA Indoor (1:48.41)... won Penn Relays mile (4:00.27 PR)...3rd in USA Outdoors (1:44.87)...won 1500 at Linz (3:37.63 PR)... 3rd at Zurich GP (1:43.38 PR)...5th in Cologne GP (1:43.70)...4th in GP Final (1:45.19)...ranked #5 in world (#2 U.S.) at 800 by T&FN; #3 U.S. at 1500...bests of 1:43.38 and 3:37.63.
1996: 4th in Olympic Trials (1:45.20)... 3rd in USA Indoor (1:49.20)...ranked #3 U.S. at 800 by T&FN; #5 U.S. at 1500...bests of 1:44.66 and 3:38.13.
1995: 3rd in USA Indoor (1:47.65)...4th in USA Outdoors (1:48.29)...ranked #6 U.S. at 800 by T&FN...bests of 1:45.49 and 3:41.60.
1994: 3rd in USA Indoor (1:48.40)...6th in semi at USA Outdoors (1:47.69)...ranked #8 U.S. at 800 by T&FN...best of 1:47.09.
1993: 5th in 1500 (3:43.16) at USA Outdoors...6th in 1500 (3:47.72) at World University Games...bests of 1:48.17 and 3:42.01.
1992: Won NCAA Indoor 800 (1:47.40); third leg on 4 x 800 (1:49.0 for 7:20.04)... 2nd in Big East Indoor (1:52.14)...injured, missed all of collegiate outdoor season...5th in semi (1:50.16) at Olympic Trials...best of 1:45.98.
1991: Ran third leg on winning 4x800 (1:50.4 for 7:19.86 AR) at NCAA Indoor...led off winning 4x1500 at Penn Relays (14:53.34 American collegiate record)...2nd in Big East (1:48.90)...4th in IC4A (1:49.16)...4th in NCAA Outdoors(1:47.22)...6th in semi (1:48.40) at USA Outdoors...best of 1:46.39.
1990: Led off winning Penn Relays 4x800 (7:17.37)...ran second leg on winning 4x800 (7:31.95) at Big East Indoor...4th in NCAA Outdoors...7th in USA Outdoors...best of 1:46.70
1989: Won Pan Am Juniors and USA Juniors...led off 4th-place 4x800 at NCAA Indoor (1:52.6 for 7:20.96)...best of 1:50.12.
1988: Won New Jersey HS state titles at 800m, indoors and out...bests of 1:49.80 and 3:57.40.
1987: Best of 1:55.

5/24/01

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