Jeanette Powless' Biography
Former Olympian, Jeanette Allred-Powless, was a three-time (age-group) world record holder in running events back in the 1970's. An alumnus of American River College, she was the 1982 California Community College 1500-meter champion, undefeated, with the nation's fastest time for a community college student-athlete. Returning to ARC in 2001, she now leads the rich tradition of quality cross country and track teams which include a state champion title (2007).
Jeanette attended CSU, Northridge on a track and field scholarship where she earned her BS in Commercial Recreation/Small Business Administration. From there she went to Guam where she began teaching fitness classes and then became assistant manager of a Clark Hatch Fitness Chain. She also began personal training and hosting numerous running and triathlon events on Guam while continuing her athletic competitions across the globe.
Allred-Powless qualified for the Olympics by winning three (3) consecutive Trials for Guam in the women's marathon in Seoul, Korea-1988, Barcelona, Spain-1992, and Atlanta, Georgia-1996. She still holds Guam's Nations Best Olympic finish, with her 36th place finish in the Barcelona Marathon. She was also awarded the honor of top 10 female athletes of the century.
Jeanette finished up her MS at the University of West Florida before getting re-stationed to Beale AFB, CA. She began coaching and teaching at Sierra College and was the Head Men's and Women's Cross Country coach from 1998-2000. In 2001 she completed her full circle and came back to her original roots at American River College.