Elise Cranny
Elise Cranny by Jenaragon94.jpg
Cranny in 2018
Personal information
Born (1996-05-09) May 9, 1996 (age 26)
Home townNiwot, Colorado, U.S.[1]
SportTrack and field
Event(s)1500 meters, Mile
College teamStanford Cardinal
ClubBowerman Track Club
Turned pro2018[1]
Coached byJerry Schumacher
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s)

Elise Cranny (born May 9, 1996) is an American middle and long-distance runner.[3]


Cranny attended Niwot High School in Colorado, where she won two cross country state championships. She ran in college for Stanford, where she finished 2nd in four NCAA Division I Championships and was a 12 time All-American. After graduating in 2018, she turned professional with the Bowerman Track Club.[1]

In a Bowerman Track Club inter-squad meet on July 31st, 2020, Cranny competed as a member of the 4 × 1500 metres relay team alongside Colleen Quigley, Karissa Schweizer, and Shelby Houlihan. The team ran a time of 16:27.02 which broke the previous world record of 16:33.58 from Team Kenya by over 6 seconds.

Among American competitors, Cranny posted the fastest 10000 metres and the second fastest 5000 metres time going into the 2021 US Olympic Trials.[4] On June 21, 2021, winning in 94-degree heat in Eugene, Oregon, Cranny finished .3 seconds in front of Bowerman Track Club teammate Karissa Schweizer, qualifying for the U.S. Olympic team with a 15:27.81. Cranny ran the last 400 meters in 63.72 seconds.[5] At the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, Cranny placed 13th in the Women's 5000 metres.[6]

On February 11, 2022, Cranny set a new American Record for the indoor 5000 metres distance at the David Hemery Valentine Invitational[7] at Boston University, completing the event in 14:33.17, 14 seconds faster than Shalane Flanagan's mark of 14:47.[8]


  1. ^ a b c "Elise Cranny Bio". bowermantc.com. Bowerman Track Club. Retrieved June 17, 2021.
  2. ^ Elise Cranny at World Athletics
  3. ^ Elise Cranny profile at TFRRS
  4. ^ Strout, Erin (June 16, 2021). "Elise Cranny: The New Guard of the 10,000-meters". womensrunning.com. Retrieved June 17, 2021.
  5. ^ Elise Cranny Makes Her First Olympic Team, Wins 5,000 Meters, Runners World, Sarah Lorge Butler, June 22, 2021. Retrieved June 22, 2021.
  6. ^ "Olympic rookie Elise Cranny '18 places 13th in the women's 5000m". The Stanford Daily. August 4, 2021. Retrieved April 29, 2022.
  7. ^ "TFRRS | 2022 Boston University David Hemery Valentine Invitational Women's 5000m Seeded Track & Field Meet Results". www.tfrrs.org. Retrieved February 12, 2022.
  8. ^ "Gabriela DeBues-Stafford (14:31) & Elise Cranny (14:33) Blitz National 5K Records in Boston". LetsRun.com. February 12, 2022. Retrieved February 12, 2022.