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SHAYNE CULPEPPER
Events: Middle Distance
Height: 5-5
Weight: 112
PRs: 800m - 2:02.51 (2000); 1500m - 4:06.33 (2004);
3000m 8:55.42i (2004); 5000m- 15:01.36 (2004)
Born: December 3, 1973, in Atlanta
Current Residence: Lafayette, Colo.
High School:
Haverford (Pa.) '92
Colleges: Vermont '94; Colorado '97
Coach: Self 
Agent: Ray Flynn
Club: Nike

Career Highlights: 2007 USA Indoor mile champion; 2004 Olympic Trials 5,000m champion; Two-time Olympian; 2004 World Indoor 3,000m bronze medalist; Two-time (’04 & ’05) USA Indoor 3,000m champion; 2003 U.S. XC 4 km champion; 2003 USA Indoor 3,000m runner-up

Culpepper made her second Olympic team with her victory in the 5,000m at the 2004 Olympic Trials, and she turned in personal best in three events (1,500, 3,000 and 5,000m) during the 2004 campaign. After a successful 2005, she took off 2006 to give birth to her second son before returning in 2007. She came back big, with a national title in the indoor mile … Culpepper started her 2004 season strong by capturing a bronze medal at the 2004 World Indoors 3,000m. With one lap to go, she surged ahead of Marta Dominguez of Spain and Yelena Zadorozhnaya of Russia. On the backstretch, Zadorozhnaya clipped Culpepper from behind. After stumbling, Culpepper regained her composure and sprinted the finish in 9:12.15, in third behind Ethiopians Meseret Defar (9:11.22) – and Berhane Adere (9:11.43)…she returned to competition in 2003 after giving birth to her first child in April 2002, and she got off to a great start with the U.S. 4 km cross country title and runner-up finish in the 3,000 meters at the USA Indoor Championships…2000 was an exciting year for Culpepper. After finishing 4th at the 2000 Olympic Trials, she was placed on the roster when Regina Jacobs dropped off the team due to an illness…Culpepper’s PR of 4:07.99 at the time beat the Olympic ‘A’ standard by .01 seconds…she happened to be at the Team USA training camp in Brisbane, Australia, accompanying husband Alan when she was informed that she had made the Olympic Team…as a child, Culpepper (maiden name Wille) competed in gymnastics for 10 years…she ran four years of cross country and track in high school but never qualified for the state meet: ‘I only ran 15 miles a week,’ she says…ran a high school best of about 2:19 in the 800…attended Vermont, where by her sophomore year she became the number one runner and placed in the top three at the NAC XC meet…one summer she worked at a dude ranch near Boulder, where her parents had gone to college: ‘I fell in love with Boulder, and I couldn’t go back.’ She took a year off school to establish residency, then transferred to Colorado, where she walked on the team. ‘Colorado was such a talented team, and I was only ninth on the cross country squad. I had a realization that I couldn’t be the best on the team without working out.’ That was 1996, and she made All-American indoors in the 3000m…graduated with a degree in political science…married runner Alan Culpepper on November 9, 1997…Shayne and Alan have two sons, Cruz Samuel, born April 10, 2002, and Levi James born June 9, 2006. The Culpeppers own a graphic design business named Culpepper Mill, which, among other things, produces shirt designs for road races as well as business cards.

2007: U.S. Indoor mile champion (4:34.42)…11th in 1,500m at USA Outdoors (4:22.35)…2nd in prelims at USA Outdoors (4:12.51)…2nd in 1,500m at adidas Track Classic (4:05.98)…9th in 5,000m at Walnut (15:30.61)…2nd in mile at Reebok Boston Indoor Games (4:31.35)…ranked #4 in the U.S. by T&FN…best of 4:05.98.
2006: did not compete (maternity).
2005:
4th in 5,000m at USA Outdoor Championships (15:23.31)...8th in 1,500m at Nike Prefontaine Classic (4:17.60)...1st in 1,500m at adidas Track Classic (4:07.08)...1st in 3,000m at Oregon Twilight (8:54.84)...USA Indoor 3,000m champion (8:55.57i)...2nd at USA XC 4 km (13.27.0)...20th at World XC (14:06, 4th U.S. finisher), winning team bronze...ranked #1 at 3,000m and #5 at 5,000m in the U.S. by T&FN...bests of 4:07.08 at 1,500m, 8:54.84 at 3,000m and 15:23.31 at 5,000m.
2004: Olympic Trials 5,000m champion (15:07.41)...13th in the 5,000m semi finals at Olympic Games (15:40.02)...World Indoors 3,000m bronze medalists (9:12.15i)...USA Indoor 3,000m champion (9:00.59i)...1st in 1,500m at Home Depot (4:06.33PR)...2nd in the 5,000m at U.S. Open (15:01.36PR)...5th in the 1,500m at Nike Prefontaine Classic (4:07.01)...3rd in 3,000m at Tyson Foods Invitational (8:55.42iPR)...ranked #1 at the 5,000m, #1 at the 3,000m and #3 at the 1,500m in the U.S. by T&FN...bests of 4:06.33, 8:55.42 & 15:01.36.
2003: 3rd in 5,000m at USA Outdoors (15:23.59)...USA Indoors 3,000m runner-up (8:56.26)...USATF National XC 4 km champion (15:10)...4th in 1,500m at Home Depot (4:09.10)...8th in 10,000m at Stanford (32:24.70)...9th in the 5,000m at Gresham (15:23.67)...11th in 1,500m at USA Outdoor (4:23.05)...bests of 4:09.10, 15:23.59, 32:24.70...ranked #4 at 3,000m in U.S., #7 at 5,000m by T&FN.
2002: Missed track season to give birth to her son...USATF Club Cross Country 6 km champion (21:47)
2001: 6th at USA Outdoors 1500m (4:14.55)...4th at Gresham (4:08.15)...4th at Prefontaine (4:10.36)...ranked #6 in U.S. by T&FN...best of 4:08.15.
2000: 9th in first round 1500m heat at Olympics (4:12.52)...4th at Olympic Trials (4:08.38); ran PR 4:07.99 at Harry Jerome Classic in Vancouver...placed 4th in Short Course at USA XC Champs... 5th at GMC Envoy Open 800m (2:02.51)... skipped World Cross Country Champs because of training concerns...ranked #4 in U.S. in 1500 by T&FN... bests of 2:02.51 and 4:07.99.
1999: 4th at USA XC Short Course race...3rd in 1500 at USA Outdoors...ranked #4 at 1500 in U.S. by T&FN...bests of 2:03.37 and 4:08.69.
1998: 6th in 1500 (4:10.77 PR) at USA Champs...won Falmouth mile (4:33.62 PR)...7th in 3000 at USA Indoor (9:17.11)...8th in Mt SAC 5000 (16:09.64 PR)...won 800 (2:04.73 PR) at Owens Classic...5th at Prefontaine Classic (4:14.27)... ranked #5 in U.S. at 1500...bests of 2:04.73 and 4:10.77.
1997: 3rd in 3000 (9:06.86) at NCAA...6th in 1500 (4:12.69) at USA Champs...31st in USA XC Champs ...won mile (4:49.67) and 3000 (9:37.83) at Big 12 Indoor...7th in 3000 at NCAA Indoor (9:24.65)...won 1500 (4:16.66) and 3000 (9:36.48) at Big 12...ranked #9 in U.S. at 1500 by T&FN...bests of 4:10.81 and 9:06.86.
1996:
Won Big 8 Indoor mile (4:48.23); 8th in 3000 in NCAA Indoor (9:26.38)...2nd in Big 8 1500 (4:21.58) and 3000...800m PR of 2:11.95...7th in 3000 heat at NCAA...3rd in Big 12 XC...45th in NCAA XC...bests of 4:21.58 and 9:26.38.

3/25/08

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