Patrice Donnelly

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Patrice Donnelly
Personal information
Nationality American
Born (1950-04-30) April 30, 1950 (age 67)
Sport Track and field
Event(s) 100 metre hurdles, pentathlon

Patrice Michelle "Pat" Donnelly (born April 30, 1950) is a retired American track and field athlete, known primarily for hurdling. Later she also acted in films.


Donnelly was born in San Diego, California. She attended Grossmont College.[1] She was a high school PE teacher at St. Paul High School in Santa Fe Springs, CA.

In 1971, she was Miss La Mesa. After the 1976 Olympic Games she married shot putter Peter Shmock. After divorcing Shmock, she married sprinter Mark Lutz, ex-spouse of distance runner Francie Larrieu.

Career in hurdling[edit]

Once the fourth-ranked hurdler in the world,[2] Donnelly set the college record for the women's 100 metre hurdles at 13.5 seconds in 1970.[3]

She was on the 1975 All-America team for the 100 meter hurdles.[4] At the 1975 Pan American Games she placed fourth.

Donnelly attended the 1976 Summer Olympics as a 100-meter hurdler for the United States,[5] but was eliminated in the heats, missing the semi-final by 0.01 s.

Career in film[edit]

Donnelly's film debut was in the 1982 film Personal Best, wherein she played an Olympic pentathlete. She also served as a technical advisor on the film. She also went on to play Danielle, the stern assistant coach in the 1986 movie American Anthem.

She helped Billy Crudup train for Without Limits, a film about Steve Prefontaine's life.[6]

External links[edit]


  1. ^ "3 Break Meet Records in Women's Track Finals", The New York Times, May 20, 1977
  2. ^ Marylynn Uricchio, "Stars in Top Form in 'Personal Best'", Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, March 26, 1982, page 25, jump page 34.
  3. ^ "3 Break Meet Records in Women's Track Finals", The New York Times, May 20, 1977.
  4. ^ Louise Mead Tricard, American Women's Track and Field: A history, 1895 through 1980, ISBN 0-7864-0219-9, page 590.
  5. ^ "Roster of U.S. Athletes for Olympic Games at Montreal", The New York Times, July 11, 1976.
  6. ^ Hartl, John (October 4, 1998). "Movies -- Prefontaine's Tragic Life Gets Another Onscreen Run". The Seattle Times. Retrieved December 30, 2013.