That can be a problem in cross-country. In Antwerp, however, the erstwhile loner stayed on track. She seemed to draw on a hidden reservoir of energy, coming from behind to win the race by three seconds. "It definitely lent speed to my feet today," she confessed to a reporter from Foster's Daily Democrat, the newspaper that blankets the Newmarket (pop. 2,800) metropolitan area. "I'm in love and I'm really happy."
The couple is planning a September wedding, after Jennings competes at the World Track and Field Championships in Tokyo. "There are so many crummy stories out there," said Hill, who is himself an avid runner, as well as a skier, bicyclist and rollerblader. "This is just a good little love story."