1999 USATF ATHLETE BIOGRAPHY (written by Jeff Hollobaugh)

Alisa Harvey

ALISA HARVEY

Born: September 16, 1965, in Arlington, Va

Current Residence: Manassas, Va

PRs: 1500m 4:08.32 (1992); Mile 4:29.65 (1998); 800m 1:59.72 (1995)

High School: Jefferson HS, Alexandria, Va '83

College: Tennessee '87

Height: 5-3

Weight: 111

Coach: John Cook

Agent: none

Club: New Balance

1982: bests of 4:34.8 and 2:16…won Virginia state HS indoor 1600.

1983: bests of 4:17.84 and 2:06.33…won Virginia state HS indoor 1600, and outdoor 800 and 1600…2nd in 1500 at USA Juniors.

1984: bests of 4:17.69 and 2:05.69…5th in 1000 heat (2:50.23) at NCAA Indoor; ran on winning 4 x 800 (8:40.17)…won SEC 1500…7th in 1500 at NCAA (4:17.69).

1985: bests of 4:11.02 and 2:04.03…4th in 1000 at NCAA Indoor (2:43.68)…won SEC 1500…5th in 1500 (4:17.94) at NCAA; 4th in 800 heat…8th in 1500 at USA Champs.

1986: bests of 4:08.95 and 2:02.75…3rd in NCAA Indoor mile (4:42.08)…won SEC 800…won NCAA 1500 (4:17.48); 8th in 800…4th at USA Champs 1500…ranked #5 in 1500 in U.S. by T&FN.

1987: bests of 4:09.92 and 2:01.97…4th in 1000 at NCAA Indoor (2:41.37--short track)…won 1500 and 800 at SEC…2nd in 1500 (4:09.92) and 800 (2:02.64) at NCAA…8th in 1500 at USA Champs…6th in 1500 at World University Games…ranked #7 in 1500 in U.S. by T&FN.

1988: bests of 4:09.73 and 2:00.30, also 9:06.0 (3K)…2nd (1st U.S.) in USA Indoor mile (4:39.61)…3rd in 1500 at USA Champs…7th in 1500 at Olympic Trials…ranked #8 in 1500 in U.S. by T&FN; #7 in U.S. at 800.

1989: bests of 4:13.06 and 2:03.90…6th in 1500 at USA Champs…ranked #8 in 1500 in U.S. by T&FN.

1990: bests of 4:11.36 and 2:02.05…3rd in 1500 at USA Champs…ranked #4 in 1500 in U.S. by T&FN.

1991: bests of 4:08.42 and 1:59.99…3rd in USA Indoor mile (4:38.49)…4th in 1500 (4:09.70) at USA Champs…gold medal at 1500 (4:13.12) in Pan-Am Games; silver at 800 (1:59.99 PR)…ranked #6 in 1500 in U.S. by T&FN; #5 in U.S. at 800.

1992: bests of 4:08.32 and 2:00.42…2nd in USA Indoor Mile (4:38.37)…6th in 1500 (4:08.32 PR) and 800 (2:01.38) at Olympic Trials…3rd in 1500 (4:18.41) at World Cup…ranked #6 in 1500 in U.S. by T&FN; #6 in U.S. at 800.

1993: bests of 4:11.29 and 2:00.31…2nd in USA Indoor mile (4:31.02)…2nd in 1500 (4:12.43) at USA Champs…8th in 1500 heat (4:11.29) at World Champs…ranked #1 in 1500 in U.S. by T&FN; #5 in U.S. at 800.

1994: did not compete; maternity.

1995: bests of 4:15.44 and 1:59.72…6th in USA Indoor 800 (2:05.35)…5th in 800 (2:02.59) at USA Champs…ranked #9 at 800 in U.S. by T&FN.

1996: bests of 4:09.25 and 2:00.06…3rd in USA Indoor 800 (2:01.65), did not finish mile, 24 minutes later…6th in 800 (2:00.06), 9th in 1500 (4:13.34) at Olympic Trials…ranked #5 at 800 in U.S. by T&FN.

1997: bests of 4:15.88 and 2:02.92, also 16:25.04 (5K)…3rd in USA Indoor 800 (2:03.01)…5th in 1500 heat (4:19.35) at USA Champs.

1998: bests of 4:08.33 and 2:04.86…3rd in 1500 at USA Champs (4:08.33)…7th in mile (4:29.65 PR) at Goodwill Games…ranked #4 U.S. at 1500 by T&FN.

The Rest of the Story: first name is pronounced "aleesa"…started running in junior high school after getting good results in the President's physical fitness testing program…originally a sprinter, but moved up to the 800 "when a girl on our team had to go out of town"…earned a degree in speech communications from Tennessee…her most exciting meet to date has been the 1991 Pan-Am Games in Havana, where she won gold in the 1500 and silver in the 800 behind Ana Quirot: "Standing on the podium was so exciting, but also it was the chance just to race against Ana Quirot on her home track. The crowd was so loud"…gave birth to a daughter, Virginia, in 1994…had worked in a Fleet Feet running store until recently…says "The sport is under-funded. It's really tough to stay in it long enough to develop fully. In some ways, I've been a victim of poor finance."…met former George Mason men's coach John Cook last summer on her flight to New Orleans for nationals…self-coached at the time, by that fall she was convinced by a coworker at Fleet Feet to approach Cook for coaching…"It's a gamble. He hasn't coached women in the past and I'm an older runner. We'll see how it goes. I'm doing the hardest training of my career." …for 1999, she's looking for PRs at 800 and 1500, as well as World Championship team berths indoors and out.