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February 23, 2005

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Palo Alto Online

Publication Date: Wednesday, February 23, 2005

Menlo's Jenke runs into the history books Menlo's Jenke runs into the history books (February 23, 2005)

by Keith Peters

Menlo School's Libby Jenke finished the 2004 track and field season with a bang, recording a personal record in the 800 meters.

Jenke, now a senior, has picked up where she left off - setting the stage for even faster times in 2005. On Saturday at the Simplot Indoor Track and Field Meet in Idaho, Jenke put her name in the history books with one of the fastest prep indoor 800-meter races in U.S. history.

Jenke, who lives in Los Altos and represents the San Jose-based Heritage Track Club, clocked 2:07.47 to finish second to Heidi Houle of Mountain View High in Orem, Utah. Jenke's time was the fastest by an American high school girl since Mary Decker ran 2:01.7 in 1974.

Jenke's time now ranks her second on California's all-time high school indoor list (behind Decker), second in the U.S. this season (behind Houle's winning 2:07.00) and 12th on the all-time prep indoor list.

Saturday's race was a three-person affair until Jenke turned it into a duel with Houle, who led Jenke through the early splits. Jenke put in a serious challenge but couldn't pass Houle as the two ran 1:34.1 for 600 meters. Jenke then closed again on Houle with 80 meters left, but couldn't overtake her. Houle's time ranks her ninth on the all-time U.S. list.

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