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Lynn Jennings Wins Freihofer’s Race With Record Run; Wins National Title

June 1, 1996

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) _ Lyn Jennings beat her own record in the 5-kilometer run Saturday with a 15:21 finish in the Freihofer’s Run For Women, winning the U.S. Women’s national championship.

Jennings, of Newmarket, N.H., beat the 15:24 record-setting run in last year’s race to repeat as champion, earning $7,000 for her victory and a bonus $5,000 for the record.

``I was confident of my kick,″ the 35-year-old said. ``I didn’t think about the course record.″

Jennings was followed by Anne Marie Lauck from Marietta, Ga., who came in at 15:24; Joan Nesbit, of Carrboro, N.C. finished third with a time of 15:42.

Lauck, 27, actually led Richards after two miles of the race at a split time of 10:02, but with 100 meters remaining on a sweeping downhill, Jennings surged ahead to claim the national title.

It was Jennings’ fourth straight Freihofer’s championship and her seventh overall. Jennings was a 1992 U.S. Olympic Bronze medalist; Lauck is a member of this year’s U.S. Olympic marathon team.

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