NCAA All-American – 1500 meters
1500 – 4:06.68
800 – 2:00.80
3000 – 9:03.59
You could say Juli Henner started running in third grade as part of the Presidential Fitness program “just to beat the boys.” While at W.T. Woodson High School in Fairfax, Virginia Juli considered herself a sprinter but moved up to the 800-meter run her senior year. She posted a time of 2:14 and placed second at the state championship.
However in her first year at James Madison University Juli didn’t perform well. In fact she did not run as fast as she did in high school. It was at that time she sat down with her coach who answered her question, “What do I have to do to be good?” The conversation left an impact on her and she started to take things seriously. She took better care of herself, started eating right and got more sleep. By the time she graduated from James Madison in 1992 she had run 2:08/4:20 for 800/1500 meters.
After graduation on her way home to her birthplace - El Paso, Texas - she stopped in New Orleans to watch the 1992 Olympic Trials. Sitting in the stands watching the finals of the women’s 1500 she said to herself, “I can do that.” It was a life changing experience. In one year she improved her 1500 eight seconds to 4:12. Three years later she made the Olympic Team!
Persistence is what characterizes Juli best. She says, “I was not a superstar in high school but I made the Olympic Team. If I can do it anyone can.” Juli is currently the assistant men’s and women’s track coach at Georgetown University. She resides in Reston, VA with her husband Pat.
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