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Elise Cranny, 23

Stanford University

Personal Bests:

  • 1500m: 4:05.83

  • Mile: 4:34.48

  • 5,000m: 15:24.32

Social Handle: @elise.cranny

Some kids rebel against their parents, but Elise drew inspiration from hers. Both Sandy and Bob Cranny were competitive triathletes, with Sandy racing the Ironman World Championships in Kona in 2005. Elise and her sisters, Emily and Lauren, quickly took after them, with Elise racing triathlons from a young age as well as playing soccer. Elise was standout runner at Niwot High School in Colorado, where she won two 4A state cross country titles and ran the 3rd fastest high school 1500m time ever (4:10.95).

After high school graduation in 2014 Elise attended Stanford University in the same class as fellow BTCer, Vanessa Fraser. She was a 12 time All-American and finished second at the NCAA Championships four times-- a fact equal parts impressive and agonizing. In 2017 she was a mere .0004 from the title at 1500m, which may in fact be thinner than a hair’s breadth. She was key part of Stanford’s 2018 third place trophy in Outdoor Track and was the anchor for the Card’s perennially contending Distance Medley Relay. She joined BTC in the early spring of 2019 after finishing her college career in cross country the previous fall.


Her first season with the Bowerman Track Club saw her lower her personal best at 1,500m multiple times- getting all the way down to 4:05.83 by winning The Match between Team Europe and Team USA. She finished in the top 10 in both the 1500m and the 5000m at the USATF Championships.

Elise enjoys listening to country music, cooking, and baking and is very quite proud of her coconut cake. She’s less confident in her “handstand twerking” which she deems “subpar”. The writer of this bio is too old to understand what that last sentence means, so don’t worry if you’re in the same boat.