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Grant Fisher
Grant Fisher PAC 12 2017.jpg
Fisher running at the 2017 Pac-12 Track and Field Championships
Personal information
NationalityAmerican
Born (1997-04-22) April 22, 1997 (age 25)
Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Alma materStanford University
Sport
SportTrack, cross country
Event(s)5000 meters, 10000 meters, 1500 meters
College teamStanford Cardinal
Turned pro2019
Achievements and titles
World finals
  • 2022 Eugene
  • 10000 m, 4th
  • 5000 m, 6th
Olympic finals
  • 2021 Tokyo
  • 10000 m, 5th
  • 5000 m, 9th
Personal best(s)
Updated on September 2, 2022.

Grant Fisher (born April 22, 1997) is a Canadian-born American professional long distance runner with the Bowerman Track Club. Fisher holds the American outdoor records in the 3000 m, 5000 m, and 10000 m as well as the indoor record in the 5000 m. As a high-schooler, he was named Gatorade Player of the Year for cross country for the 2013–2014 and 2014–2015 seasons.[2] On June 4, 2015, he became the seventh American high school student to run a mile under four minutes. Fisher represented the United States at the 2014 World Junior Championships in Athletics in the 1500-meter race.

An eleven-time All-American, Fisher won the 2017 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field 5000 m championship (14:35.60), becoming the first American underclassman to do so in 28 years.[3] The following year, Fisher placed third in the same event with a time of 13:55.04, just missing Syracuse's Justyn Knight (13:55.03) and his Stanford Cardinal teammate Sean McGorty (13:54.81).[4]

Fisher placed second in both the 10000 m and the 5000 m at the 2020 Olympic Trials, qualifying for the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, Japan. At the Olympics, he placed 5th in the 10000 m and 9th in the 5000 m.

Running career

Early life and high school

While living in Grand Blanc, Michigan, Fisher began running in the spring of his seventh grade year, after joining his middle school cross country team. When he became a freshman in high school, Fisher joined both the soccer and cross country teams, where he made varsity for both.[5]

In 2011, Fisher qualified for the state cross country meet and ran a 16:14 to finish 28th.[6] In the Spring of 2012, he qualified for the state meet in the 1600 meter run,[7] he ran a 4:30.23.[8]

In the fall of his sophomore year (November 2012), he missed the Michigan state cross country meet because he had to play for his soccer team in the state finals game. In the spring of 2013, he ran personal bests of 3:50.30 at the IAAF World Youth Championships in Athletics in the 1500 meter run, 4:11.27 in the 1600 meter at the KLAA Lakes Conference Meet, 4:12.74 in the mile run at the New Balance Outdoor Nationals meet, and 8:32.65 in the 3000 at the USATF World Youth Trials, and 9:04.33 in the 3200 at the Michigan state meet.

In the fall of his junior year (2013), he had personal bests of 15:02 at the Foot Locker Midwest Regional to win the event. Fisher then went on to the Foot Locker Nationals, which he won as well. In the spring of his junior year (2014), Fisher set personal bests of 1:55.76 in the 800 meter run, 3:49.62 in the 1500 meters at the World Junior Championships, 4:10.82 in the 1600 meter to win the division one state meet in Michigan, a 4:02.02 in the mile to win the event at the Adidas Grand Prix, 8:55.75 in the 3200 meter run to win JD's Invitational, and an 8:51.28 in the two mile run to win the event at the Brooks PR Invitational.

The fall of his senior year (2014), Fisher ran a 14:43.00 to win the Portage Invitational and a 15:03 to win 2014 Foot Locker Nationals.[9] This victory made Fisher one of only 5 boys to ever win two Foot Locker national titles (the others included Abdirizak Mohamud, Lukas Verzbicas, Edward Cheserek, and Dathan Ritzenhein).[10] In Spring of 2015, Grant Fisher became the 7th high school athlete to break 4 minutes in the mile, tying Matthew Maton's time of 3:59.38.[11][12][13]

Collegiate

Fisher committed to run at Stanford University on November 16, 2014.

At the end of his freshman year cross country season at Stanford, Fisher placed 17th overall at the 2015 NCAA DI XC Championships in 30:07.9.[14] In the winter 2015-16 indoor season, Fisher won 3000 meters on February 13, 2016, in Seattle (2016 Husky Classic) with a personal best 7:50.06.[15]

At the 2017 NCAA Division I Outdoor Track and Field Championships, Fisher won the 5000 meters race.[16] The race was tactical and his time of 14:35.60 was the slowest winning mark in an NCAA final since 1995. It also made Fisher the first American underclassmen to win the NCAA title in 28 years.[17]

Fisher placed 5th at the 2017 NCAA Division I Cross Country Championships. At the 2018 NCAA Division I Outdoor Track and Field Championships, Fisher placed 3rd in the 5000m behind Stanford Cardinal men's track and field teammate and 2018 5000 meters champion Sean McGorty.

Fisher placed 2nd at 2018 NCAA Division I Cross Country Championships leading Stanford Cardinals to a 5th-place team finish.

Fisher placed 2nd in DMR with Stanford Cardinal teammates (Alex Ostberg, Isaiah Brandt-Sims, Isaac Cortes, Grant Fisher) and 3000 meters at 2019 NCAA Division I Indoor Track and Field Championships.[18]

Fisher earned twelve NCAA Division I All-America awards from the USTFCCCA.

Representing Stanford University
Year Pac-12
Cross Country
Championships
NCAA
Cross Country
Championships
MPSF
Indoor track and field
Championships
NCAA
Indoor track and field
Championships
Pac-12 Conference
Outdoor track and field
Championships
NCAA
Outdoor track and field
Championships
2018-19 23:09.8
1st
29:08.9
2nd
Distance
Medley
Relay
9:31.39
1st
3000m
7:53.15
2nd

DMR
9:31.70
2nd
5000 m
2nd
13:50.30

1500 m
2nd
3:49.29
5000 m
14:06.63
2nd
2017-18 23:44.9
1st
10,000m
29:12.1
5th
3000m
8:06.52
4th


DMR
9:31.95
4th
1500m
3:41.97
3rd

5000m
14:12.81
3rd
5000m
13:55.04
3rd
2016-17 24:13.5
2nd
10,000m
29:57.9
5th
1500m
3:54.67
1st
5000m
14:35.60
1st
2015-16 23:28.6
11th
10,000m
30:07.9
17th
1500m
3:48.40
17th
5000m
13:30.13
6th

[19]

Professional career

2020

Fisher placed 4th in the 3000m at the Boston University Last Chance Invitational on February 27, 2020. His teammates Lopez Lomong, Ryan Hill, and Evan Jager finished ahead of him. Grant's time of 7:39.99 was a PR for the distance and his first time under 7:40.[20]

In the summer of 2020, Bowerman Track Club held several intrasquad meets in due to the lack of the races during the COVID-19 pandemic. During these races, Fisher set new PRs of 3:36.23 for 1500m and 13:11.68 for 5000m. He was also part of the 4 × 1500 m team who broke the American Record in 14:34.97. The meets were held in undisclosed locations around Portland, Oregon.

2021

Fisher opened up his 2021 season with a 3000m PR of 7:37.21, finishing second to teammate Marc Scott. Fisher ran this time at the Prickly Pear Invitational in Phoenix, AZ on February 6, 2021. Fisher ran a new 10000m PR of 27:11.29 on February 20, 2021, at the TEN invitational meet in Los Angeles, CA. Again finishing second to Scott, the time made Fisher the fifth fastest American ever over the distance and met the Olympic qualifying standard.

On March 6, 2021, Fisher won the Men's 5000m at the Sound Running Invite in Southern California. His time of 13:02.53 was a personal record and the 13th fastest time ever run by an American. Fisher went through 3000 meters in 7:55.20 and his last lap of 55.38 was the fastest in the field by over 2 seconds.

Fisher finished 4th in the 1500m at the Track Meet in Irvine, California held on May 15 with a time of 3:36.52. His Bowerman teammate Matthew Centrowitz won the race. As a final tune-up for the Olympic trials, he won the second heat of the Portland Track Festival 5000m on May 29 in a meet record 13:19.52 over teammate Woody Kincaid. The meet record was formerly held by Dathan Ritzenhein from his 13:19.78 performance in the 2012 edition of the meet.[21]

Fisher finished second in the U.S. Olympic Team Trials 10,000m to make his first Olympic team. The meet was held at the reconstructed Hayward Field in Eugene, Oregon with Fisher's race taking place on the first day of competition, June 18. It was a close finish between 1st placer Kincaid (27:53.62) and 3rd placer Joe Klecker of On Running (27:54.90) while Fisher ran 27:54.29. All three qualifiers ran their last lap in under 55 seconds, with Kincaid having the fastest last lap of 53.47. The top three were well ahead of 4th placer Ben True, 4 seconds back from Klecker.

Fisher doubled back in the 5000m on June 27 at the trials to take second in 13:27.01 behind 2016 Olympic silver medalist Paul Chelimo and just ahead of teammate Kincaid. Fisher's time was 13:27.01 as just .31 seconds separated the top 3. Kincaid had the fastest last lap of the field in 52.74 and all three qualifiers closed under 53 seconds, a finish that is usually world class. Oregon's Cooper Teare finished 4th in 13:28.08. Fisher and Kincaid opted to run both events in the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.[22]

At the 2020 Summer Olympics, Fisher finished the 10,000m event with a time of 27:46.39, placing 5th overall and the fastest American in the field.[23] He returned to the track to finish 9th in the 5000m event with a time of 13:08.40.[24]

2022

Fisher opened his 2022 season on February 12 at the Boston University David Hemery Valentine Invitational by setting a new American indoor record in the 5000m with a time of 12:53.73, beating the previous American record held by Galen Rupp of 13:01.26.

On March 6, Grant Fisher won "The Ten" at the Sound Running Invite as his second race of the season. His time of 26:33.84 set a new American outdoor record and a North American Record in the 10000m. This time makes him 7th on the all-time list for the 10000m distance.

On May 27, Fisher got 2nd in the USATF 10k championship with a time of 28.28.81.[25]

On June 26, Fisher won the USATF 5k Championship with a time of 13:03.86.[26]

On July 17, Fisher placed 4th in the 10000m at the 2022 World Athletics Championships.[27]

Major competition record

Year Competition Venue Position Event Notes
Representing the  United States
2013 World Youth (U18) Championships Donetsk, Ukraine 9th 1500m 3:52.00[28]
2014 World Junior Championships Hayward Field
Eugene, Oregon
20th 1500 m 3:49.62
2021 Olympic Games Tokyo, Japan 9th 5000 m 13:08.40
5th 10,000 m 27:46.39
2022 World Championships Eugene, United States 6th 5000 m 13:11.65
4th 10,000 m 27:28.14
Year Competition Venue Position Event Notes
US Championships
2013 2013 World Youth Track & Field Trials Hayward Field
Eugene, Oregon
2nd 1500 m 4:00.95[29]
2nd 3000 m 8:32.65[30]
2014 US Junior Championships Hayward Field
Eugene, Oregon
2nd 1500 m 3:50.51[31]
2016 US Olympic Trials Hayward Field
Eugene, Oregon
18th 5000 m 13:53.27[32]
2021 US Olympic Trials Hayward Field
Eugene, Oregon
2nd 10,000 m 27:54.29[33]
2021 US Olympic Trials Hayward Field
Eugene, Oregon
2nd 5000 m 13:26.82[34]
2022 2022 USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships Hayward Field
Eugene, Oregon
2nd 10,000 m 28:28.81
2022 2022 USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships Hayward Field
Eugene, Oregon
1st 5000 m 13:03.86

Personal life

Grant Fisher was born in Calgary, Alberta, on April 22, 1997, to Dan and Sonia Fisher. He has an older sister, Hailey, and a younger brother, Mark. He grew up in Grand Blanc, Michigan and attended Stanford University in Palo Alto, California.[5][9] In addition to running, Fisher was an avid soccer player. He began playing the sport when he was four years old and in high school was a member of the Michigan Wolves, an elite level club team.[5] Fisher now lives in Portland, Oregon, and trains with the Bowerman Track Club under the guidance of Coach Jerry Schumacher.

Personal records

High school

Collegiate

Professional

References

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  2. ^ "Q and A: Grant Fisher discusses XC, track, and his future". Track and Field News. Retrieved March 16, 2015.
  3. ^ Oregon women's outdoor track & field caps triple crown for Pac-12's 501st NCAA title Pac-12 Conference
  4. ^ "Men 5000 M". www.ncaa.com. Retrieved May 2, 2019.
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  6. ^ "2011 MHSAA XC State Finals- Division 1". Run Michigan. Retrieved March 16, 2015.
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  22. ^ https://trialsresults.usatf.org/
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  36. ^ Boys High School Indoor Track and Field Mile Championship - Near Wipe Out
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