USATF ATHLETE BIOGRAPHY
Events: 10,000m, Marathon
PRs: 10,000m: 32:30:01 (1998); Marathon: 2:40:31 (1998)
Born: February 12, 1968, in Milwaukee, Wis.
Current Residence: Milwaukee, Wis.
High School: Franklin (Wis.) '86
College: Ohio University '90
Coach: Mike DeWitt
Club: adidas / PowerBar Elite
Career Highlights: Won 1995 Tucson Marathon; 2nd, 1998 Columbus Marathon.
Crain followed her brother Peter into running; he eventually competed for Wisconsin-Stevens Point. She had been a tennis player, but her high school did not sponsor a tennis team: "So I started running the summer before my ninth grade year." She made all-state honors four times, and hit bests of 5:04 (1600m) and 10:53.4 (3200m)at Ohio University, she made All-MAC honors several times: "We pigeonholed me as a 1500-3000 runner. At that stage of the game, that's what we thought my strength was." After college, she dropped out of competitive running: "I was focused on my career. I stayed in shape. Then in 1995, I decided it would be good to compete in the Olympic Marathon Trials. I made it a goal, and I began serious training. One thing led to another. I decided I had to be a road warrior. I paid my way to all the big road races to make a name for myself"works full-time as a field consultant for Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Company; works with insurance agencies on training and development of sales agentsher job has her on the road 60% of the time: "It's a unique training challenge. I just have to make sure I get my runs in"is coached by Wisconsin-Parkside's Mike DeWitt, known as a developer of champion walkers; Crain has so far resisted his advice on trying the walk"Looking at times, most people would say that I'm a 10,000m runner. My coach believes my best success will come in the marathon."
2000: Placed 14th at Olympic Marathon Trials (2:42:12).
1999: 19th at USA Outdoors (34:13.43)...best of 33:18.22.
1998: Won Charlotte marathon (2:45:26)won 10,000m (32:30.01 PR) at Mt SAC; it was the fastest U.S. time of 1998won 5,000m (16:01.45 PR) at Stanford Invitational5th in USA Outdoors (34:33.59)did not finish 10,000m at Goodwill Games11th in USA 5K Road Champs10th in USA 10M Champs2nd in Columbus Marathon (2:40:31 PR)ranked #5 in U.S. at 10,000mbest of 32:30.01, plus 2:40:31.
1997: 7th in 3000m at USA Indoor (9:25.08 PR)9th in USA Outdoors (33:59.03)12th in USA 5K Road Champs8th in USA 10M Champs (56:52)9th in California International Marathon (2:46:57)PR 9:25:08 for 3000mbest of 33:28.95, plus 2:46:57.
1996: 84th in Olympic Marathon Trials (2:52:47)2nd At Sea-Ray Relays (34:35.97)2nd at Drake Relays (34:11.26)11th in Chicago Marathon (2:44:21)bests of 33:54.4 and 2:44:21.
1995: Won Tucson Marathon (2:50:01)best of 2:50:01.