One of the most beloved member of the BTC professional crew, Emily is as kind off the track as she is ferocious on it. She began her track career in middle school, competing at the AAU level in the Race Walk, of all things. When she decided to stretch her legs out a bit more she met instant success, winning her first of four Ohio State 800m titles as a Freshman. As she got older she expanded her range, winning two each in XC and the 1600m, setting the state record of 4:41 in the latter. From Ohio she followed her older sister Maggie to Georgetown where she was a force from 1500m up through Cross Country. A 10 time All-American, she was three times the runner-up at NCAAs (XC, 1500m, 5000m) and led her team to the 2011 championship in XC. As one final feather in her cap, she won the 2012 indoor 3000m.
In her first year as a professional she finished 21st at the IAAF World Cross Country Championships, but was soon derailed by injuries including two sacral stress fractures. Amidst her struggles in 2013 and 2014 she managed some impressive performances on the roads, but it was often a period of frustration. In 2015, off of a short training buildup Emily returned to the track with a vengeance. In her first track race in 2 years she went for the USA’s standard in the 10,000m of 32:45 and came home over a minute faster in 31:42. She set a new 5,000m PR of 15:06 in winning the Portland Track Festival and then came in 3rd at USA’s to join Shalane on the World Championship team. All that was improbable enough, but there was more to come. In Beijing, she hung around the lead pack for 24 laps, clinging to the rail. On the last lap, she was initially gapped by the top three but with 150 to go she began to come back on fellow American Molly Huddle. Her charge was successful at the last possible moment as she dove under Huddle’s outstretched arms to take the Bronze medal!
After setting a 5,000m PR indoors in 2016, Emily suffered another injury that threatened her Olympic chances. In yet another testament to her toughness and talent, she made her outdoor debut at the Olympic Trials and finished 2nd in the 10,000m to make her first Olympic team. At the games in Rio she finished 11th in the deepest women’s 10,000m ever, setting a new PR of 31:26. In 2017 she made yet another US team and placed 6th where she led the USA team in a time of 31:20.45 at the World Championships in London.
Emily is the glue that holds the team together, mainly by laughing at everyone’s jokes. She is also a top-notch baker, to the unending benefit and gratitude of her teammates. Among her other passions are animals, Blink-182, and gossiping about ‘The Bachelor’.