Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Elise Cranny launches professional career


Kimbia Athletics is delighted to announce the signing of Elise Cranny, a standout distance runner at Stanford who is now ready to embark on a professional career with the Nike Bowerman Track Club.

Cranny, 22, was a 12-time All American at Stanford, most recently crowning her career there with an 11th-place finish at the NCAA Cross Country Championships last November.

But it was on the track where she made the greatest impact, breaking the school 1500m record when clocking 4:09.49 to finish third in the NCAA Championships last year, an event in which she was runner-up by just four thousandths of a second in 2016.

For many years, the native of Niwot, Colorado, has been on the radar of distance-running aficionados, given she ran 4:10.95 while still in high school, and placed fourth in the World Junior Championships 1500m final in 2014, the first non-African to finish.

Since completing her eligibility at Stanford, Cranny has continued to impress, clocking 15:24.32 for 5000m indoors in Boston last December. In recent weeks she signed a professional contract with Nike and will soon move to Portland to train under Jerry Schumacher at the Bowerman Track Club.

“I am really looking forward to this next chapter,” says Cranny.  “I’m grateful for the opportunity to join a group of women that are running at the highest level and I cannot wait to train with them, learn from them, and be challenged by them.  I’m excited for the opportunity to fully focus on my running and to work with an extremely knowledgeable coaching staff that will allow me to compete at the next level. Being a part of Kimbia Athletics and the BTC allows me to be surrounded by coaches, agents, and teammates that will help me reach my full potential in the sport of running.”

“I’m looking forward to putting in lots of hard work with the group in preparation for fast racing this outdoor season and beyond.  In the coming years, I have hopes of competing at the highest level and making World Championship and Olympic teams.  Most importantly, I am excited about going all in and seeing just how good I can be.”

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One Response to “Elise Cranny launches professional career”

  1. Wonderful to hear. Free of the pressures of academia and with Jerry Schumacher as her new coach, the future seems bright for Elise.