1996 USATF Champion - 10,000 meters
Six-time NCAA All-American
1500m - 4:09
3000m - 9:08
5000m - 15:37
10,000m - 32:18
Kate Fonshell didn't start out as a runner, but instead as a field hockey player. There was just one problem: the whole season went by and she never played in a game. She just wasn't good enough to get playing time. Evaluating what she liked about the game she came to the conclusion it was the running up and down the field during practice she liked best. So in the spring of seventh grade when her best friend suggested they go out for track her answer was a big yes. By age 15 Kate was participating in the running sports year-round. In her junior year of indoor track Kate won the Pennsylvania state championship in the mile run.
After graduating from Penncrest High School in Media, PA in 1987 she continued her running at then running powerhouse Villanova University. While competing for the Wildcats Kate was a member of two NCAA cross country championship teams and earned All-American honors six-times. Her running exploits proved good enough to qualify for the 1992 U.S. Olympic Trials in New Orleans. That experience motivated her to continue to train and compete after college to see how far she could take her running. For many track fans Kate's career is best remembered by her thrilling victory at the 1996 U.S. Olympic Trials in Atlanta. She was ranked #1 in the U.S. that year by Track and Field News in the same event.
Kate resides in Ardmore, PA where she is a practicing sports psychology consultant. She works with both individuals and groups of all ages and abilities to enhance their performances. She still enjoys training and racing competitively.
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