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Neely Spence Gracey


Neely Spence Gracey had a great high school running career that included Foot Locker and Nike Outdoor Nationals. She just returned from World XC Championships in Poland where she was the first Team USA member on the women's team and 13th overall. Congratulations Neely! Ask Neely questions about distance running, girl running, her experience at World XC.


Besides all of her NCAA accomplishments and experience on the world stage, Neely knows something about high school running. In her final high school race, Spence became a national champion by winning the two-mile event at the 2008 Nike Outdoor Nationals, finishing the race in 10:20.77. On the cross country circuit, she was the fourth-fastest competitor in the nation at the 2007 Foot Locker Nationals with a time of 17:35, yet her 5K personal record is 17:19, an effort recorded at the New York Road Runners Club Cross Country Championships that is the fourth-fastest time in the history of the historic course at Van Cortlandt Park. Spence was the Northeast Region Foot Locker Cross Country Champion as a junior and a senior. On the track, she successfully defended her state title in the 1,600-meter Class AAA event in May at Shippensburg’s Seth Grove Stadium with a time of 4:44.85. Her fastest mile was run in 4:48, while her quickest two-mile time was 10:20.05. Among her other personal best times were a 22:00 turn in the 6,000-meters and a 10:16 time in the 3,200-meters. She was named the Shippensburg Sentinel Athlete of the Year and finished her high school career with two PIAA Class AAA cross country titles and two state track medals.

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