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CHERI KENAH

Events: Middle Distance

Height: 5-8

Weight: 125

PRs: 1500m - 4:09.16 (2002); Mile - 4:31.10 (2001) 3000m - 8:52.41  (1995); 5000m - 15:10.5 (2000); 10,000m - 32:55.43 (1996)

Born: December 26, 1970, in Utica, N.Y.

Current Residence: Reston, Va.

High School: Saratoga Springs (N.Y.) 89

College: Villanova 93

Coach: Ron Helmer

Agent: Mark Wetmore

Club: adidas

 

Career Highlights: 5-time U.S. Indoor 3000m runner-up; 1999 U.S. Outdoor 5,000m runner-up; 2nd at 1998 USA Indoor mile

Kenah returns to competition in 2004 after giving birth to twins Alexa Grace and Eamonn Richard on November 11, 2003Kenah has been among the most consistent American distance runners, dating back to her high school daysshe comes from an athletic family; her father ran cross country, and her mother was a fast runner as wellshe followed her older sister out for the track team as a 9th-grader, and has been running ever sinceas a younger sibling, Kenah took pride in the fact that as a youth she surpassed her sisters athletic accomplishmentsoriginally a 400m runner, she was convinced to go out for cross country by her coaches: I thought they were insane. 3.1 miles was much too far.had a torn plantar fascia that she suffered in May 2000. The injury was diagnosed following the Oregon Twilight meet, where she posted a personal-best time of 15:10.5. Kenah was still troubled by the injury at the Olympic Trials, where she finished 11th in the first round heat of the 5000mearned a degree in communications (education minor) at Villanovamarried Rich Kenah, bronze medalist in the 800m at the 1997 World Championships, on September 26, 1997maiden name is Goddard.

2003: Did not compete due to pregnancy.
2002: 2nd at USA Indoor 3000m (8:58.32)5th at USA Outdoors 5000m (15:23.32)4th at USA 7-Mile Champs (38:50)8th at U.S. 5 km Champs (16:10)3rd at adidas Oregon Track Classic 5000m (15:14.69)on European circuit in Grand Prix action, finished sixth at Zagreb 1500m (4:09.16)ranked #4 in U.S. at 3,000m, #5 at 5,000m by T&FNbests of 4:09.16 (1500m), 4:37.55i (mile), 8:54.41 (3000m), 15:14.69 (5000m) and 33:27.68 (10,000m).
2001: 2nd at USA Indoor 3000m (8:55.69) 6th in semifinal heat at World Indoors (9:02.24)6th in 5000m at USA Outdoors (15:30.42)3rd at U.S. 4k XC (12:50) 59th at World XC 4km (16.26)...ranked #10 at 1500m, #4 at 3000m & #8 at 5000m in U.S. by T&FNbests of 4:11.86, 4:31.10, 8:53.70; 15:30.42, 8:55.69i.
2000: 2nd at USA Indoor 3000m (9:01.66)... 2nd at Air Force Millrose Games Mile (4:38.15)... 11th in 1st round heat of Olympic Trials 5000m (15:58.72)... ranked #8 (1500) and #10 (5000) in U.S. by T&FN...bests of 4:16.0, 4:32.87 (mile), 9:01.66 (indoor), 15:10.5.
1999: 2nd at USA Indoor 3000m (9:11.82)...2nd in 5,000m at U.S. outdoors (15:26.6)11th at World Outdoor 5000m... bests of 4:09.33, 4:38.68 (mile), 8:42.68, 15:13.42, 33:22.96.
1998: 2nd at mile (4:37.49) in USA Indoor...5th at 5000 (15:42.62) in USA Champs...5th at 5000 (16:01.62) in Goodwill Games...2nd at 3000 (8:50.74 PR) at Edwardsville GP...ranked #5 U.S. at 5000 by T&FN; #2 U.S. at 3000; #10 U.S. at 1500... bests of 4:13.42, 8:50.74 and 15:28.94.
1997: 2nd at 3000 (9:01.54) in USA Indoor...12th at 3000 in World Indoor (9:04.05)...5th at 5000 (15:55.79) in USA Champs...mile PR of 4:30.75...ranked #6 U.S. at 5000 by T&FN; #5 U.S. at 3000; #8 U.S. at 10,000... bests of 4:17.25, 9:01.54 and 15:21.72.
1996: 4th at 3000 (9:18.42) in USA Indoor...6th at 5000 (15:41.80), 8th at 1500 (4:13.10) in Olympic Trials...10,000m PR of 32:55.43...4th in USA XC Champs...ranked #6 U.S. at 5000 by T&FN... bests of 4:13.05, 8:57.52 and 15:29.64.
1995: 5th in 3000 (9:10.58) at USA Indoor...5th at 5000 (15:29.68 PR), 8th at 1500 (4:14.20) in USA Champs...800m PR of 2:06.52...41st at USA XC Champs...ranked #6 U.S. at 5000 by T&FN; #5 U.S. at 3000; #9 U.S. at 1500... bests of 4:10.78, 8:52.41 and 15:29.68.
1994: 8th in 3000 (9:32.92) in USA Indoor...8th at 3000 (9:24.10) in USA Champs...15th in USA XC Champs... bests of 4:14.15, 9:02.28 and 16:24.68.
1993: Won Big East Indoor mile (4:42.53) and 3000 (9:26.38)...2nd at Mile (4:40.01), 8th at 3000 (9:24.91) in NCAA Indoor...won 1500 (4:25.55), 3rd in 3000 (9:32.4) at Big East...7th in 1500 heats (4:31.97) at NCAA... bests of 4:22.57 and 9:21.14.
1992: Won Big East Indoor mile (4:46.64), 2nd in 3000 (9:19.63), ran on winning 4x800 (2:09.3 for 8:39.81)...4th at 3000 (9:21.04) in NCAA Indoor; led off 4th-place 4x800 (2:09.7 for 8:38.75)... 2nd at 1500 (4:26.72) at Big East...2nd at 3000 in NCAA (9:28.50)...12th in 3000 heats at Olympic Trials (9:41.16)...7th in NCAA XC... bests of 4:18.00 and 9:19.63.
1991: Ran on winning 4x800 (8:37.02) at Big East Indoor...2nd at 3000 in NCAA Indoor (9:11.63)...3rd in 1500 (4:24.60), 4th in 3000 (9:30.50), ran on winning 4x800 (8:41.04) at Big East Outdoor...3rd at 3000 in NCAA (9:10.30 PR)...31st in NCAA XC... bests of 4:21.43 and 9:10.30.
1990: Ran on winning 4x800 and distance medley at Big East Indoor...6th in mile heat (4:47.44) at NCAA Indoor...7th at 3000 in NCAA...28th in NCAA XC... bests of 4:17.2 and 9:11.9.
1989: Won New York HS title at 3000m...56th in NCAA XC... bests of 4:28.0 and 9:31.9.
1988: Won New York HS cross country title...bests of 4:32.62 and 10:04.7.
1987: Best of 4:37.9.

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