Monique Henderson

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Monique Henderson
Medal record
Representing the  United States
Olympic Games
Gold 2004 Athens 4x400 meter relay
Gold 2008 Beijing 4x400 meter relay

Monique Henderson (born February 18, 1983 in San Diego, California) is an American track and field athlete, who specializes in the 400-meter dash. Henderson was a gold medalist in both the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, Greece and the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, China as a member of the American 4×400-meter relay squad.[1]

Henderson prepped at Morse High School in San Diego '01. She is the only four-time 400 meters California State Champion in the state's history from 98–01.[2] At age 17, she set a US junior class, as well as high school national record (since broken), at 50.74 in the 400 m at the CIF California State Meet. In 2000, she became the first high school athlete to make the US Olympic track and field team since 1976. She was a member of the 4×400 m squad but did not run. That year she was named the national Girl's "High School Athlete of the Year" by Track and Field News.[3]

After graduating from high school in 2001 she accepted a scholarship to attend UCLA. While at UCLA she went on to be a five-time Pac-10 champion. In 2004 she placed second at the NCAA championships at 400 m. The next year she became the 2005 NCAA outdoor champion at 400 m, establishing a new NCAA record (50.10) that still stands.

Since 2010, the gold medal at the Athens Olympics in 2004 has been in doubt as Crystal Cox, who ran for the team in a preliminary round, admitted to doping.[4] However as of 2012 the original result still stands.

She married Timothy Garlin on February 16, 2014. Garlin works in the real estate industry as a director of business development. The two reside in San Diego. Henderson now runs a fitness business, Monique Henderson's Boot Camp. She provides private coaching and training to individuals and athletes. She holds a master's degree in kinesiology and works as a professor in the exercise science department at San Diego Mesa College.[5]


Monique Henderson was nominated and inducted into the San Diego County Women's Hall of Fame in 2009 hosted by Women's Museum of California, Commission on the Status of Women, University of California, San Diego Women's Center, and San Diego State University Women's Studies.


  1. ^ Monique Henderson. Sports Reference (1983-02-18). Retrieved on 2011-09-03.
  2. ^ "California State Meet Results - 1915 to present". Hank Lawson. Retrieved 2012-12-25. 
  3. ^ Track and Field News High School AOY. (PDF) . Retrieved on 2011-09-03.
  4. ^ Jamaica Observer (16 March 2010). "Jamaica gains Athens Olympics women's 4x400m silver". The Jamaica Observer. Retrieved 3 July 2011. 
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