Road to Success

March 28, 2009

Placed nineteenth in her first international competition, the IAAF World Junior Cross Country Championships in Amman, Jordan. The USA finished fifth as a team. She was a freshman at SU.

June 24, 2011

Placed seventh in the 5K at the 2011 USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships, running a six-second PR as the only collegiate runner in the fifteen-person field.

October 27, 2011

Placed eighth in the 5K at the 2011 Pan American Games.

November 19, 2011

Won the NCAA Division II Women’s Cross Country Championship in Spokane, Washington. It was the last of her eight NCAA individual titles won running for Shippensburg University.

December 10, 2011

Placed second at the USATF National Club Cross Country Championships.

December 27, 2011

Signs with agent, forgoing senior seasons at Shippensburg. While training and running, she was a volunteer coach for SU.

January 7, 2012

Placed fourth in the women’s race at the Great Edinburgh Cross Country International Challenge as the top-US runner.

April 20, 2012

Signed with Hanson’s Brooks Original Distance project.

November 14, 2012

Earned a Team USA Bronze medal at the Chiba Ekiden relay in Japan.

December 8, 2012

Won the Zapotek Classic on the track in Melbourne, Australia, her 10K debut.

February 2, 2013

Placed fifth at the 2013 USA Cross Country Championships held in St. Louis, Missouri.

March 24, 2013

Placed thirteenth at the IAAF World Cross Country Championships, the best performance by a non-African born runner in the competition, and propelling Team USA to a fourth-place finish.

February 22, 2015

Placed second in the Publix Gasparilla Distance Classic, her first half-marathon. Gracey was the youngest elite runner at twenty-four and achieved an Olympic Trials qualifier in the process.

Celebrating her Boston Marathon finish with husband, Dillon Gracey, who is her coach and a fellow SU alum.

Celebrating her Boston Marathon finish with husband, Dillon Gracey, who is her coach and a fellow SU alum.

June 20, 2015

Won the Garry Bjorklund half-marathon in Duluth, Minnesota.

October 4, 2015

Placed second in the USA Ten-Mile Championships held in Saint Paul, Minnesota. She ran 53:03, breaking the previous course record of Kara Goucher and finishing second to Molly Huddle.

October 31, 2015

Placed second at the Philadelphia Rock ’n Roll Half-Marathon, running 69:59. She was the eleventh US woman to break 70:00. After the race, she signed a pro contract with Adidas.

April 18, 2016

Finishes ninth in the women’s elite race at the Boston Marathon, the top US-born female in the race. It was her first marathon.