2004 Olympian - 5000m
Three-time US Indoor 3000m Champion
Sixteen-time NCAA All-American
2001 NCAA 5000m Champion
American Record Holder - DMR
1995 OHSL XC Champion (Skaneateles HS)
Mile - 3:58.72
3000m - 7:46.84
5000m - 13:21.11
Jon Riley remembers being competitive in running when he was a kid. He raced other kids on the block to see who was fastest. While living in Virginia as an elementary student the yearly timed mile in gym class was a big deal. He always had the fastest time in the school. Then a new kid moved into the area and beat his time. “I was pretty frustrated when that happened,” says Riley. “Even though he was in a different gym class, when I heard he beat my time I didn’t like it at all.”
During the middle of 7th grade Jon moved to Skaneateles, New York. His father urged him and his brother, Jamie, to run track. Up until 7th grade Riley was a soccer player. “I may have played soccer in the fall of 8th grade but my coach, Jack Reed, said to me if I ran cross country I could win a lot of medals and t-shirts. I thought that was kind of cool so I joined. Besides, all my friends were on the team.” T-shirts and medals. He would win a lot of them.
As an 8th grader Jon ran a 4:46 mile. In 9th grade he ran 4:30. It was after that he decided to make the goal of improving his time 10 seconds every year. Sticking with his goal he ran 4:20 his sophomore year. In the fall of his junior year he placed second at the NYS cross country championships and qualified for the Foot Locker Finals. In between the Foot Locker Northeast Regional and the Foot Locker Finals Jon moved to Brookline, MA. During track of that year - staying true to his goal - he improved 10 more seconds in the mile clocking 4:10.89. Then, in a thrilling senior year, Jon clocked 3:43.18 in the 1500 which is equivalent to approximately a 4:01 mile. “I could have kicked myself,” says Riley. “I should have made it my goal to improve 11 seconds per year!”
As you might have already imagined Jon was one of the most highly recruited prep athletes in the country. It came down to Stanford and Michigan. “Coach Lananna asked me if there was any reason why I wouldn’t go to Stanford? I couldn’t think of any reason why I wouldn’t, so I went.” At Stanford, Riley was a 16-time NCAA All-American. He was part of the 1997 national cross country championship team. He won the NCAA 5000 meter title in 2001. Jon also anchored the Stanford distance medley relay to a world record in 2000 – 9:28.83! That time still stands today as the American record. He graduated from Stanford in 2002 with a degree in studio art.
As a professional athlete Jon has won three U.S. indoor 3000 meter championships (2003-2005) and made the 2004 U.S. Olympic team in the 5000.
In 1998 Jon’s teammate, Gabe Jennings, introduced him to University of Wisconsin star Janet Westphal. It would be another year before Jon would really get to know her while at the 1999 World University Games in Palma Mallorca, Spain. Not too many years later he would propose to the six-time All-American (4:15.43/1500). They reside in Palo Alto, California with their son Jonathon (3). They are expecting their second child in January.
Contact: Jennifer & David Patruno
David at work: 315-472-0744
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