Mary Schilly Knisely

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Mary Knisely¬†was an accomplished multi-sport competitor in high school and college. At Concord High, she was voted 1977 Delaware High School “Female Athlete of the Year” and was first team
All-State in basketball, field hockey and track. Three years later, while attending the University of Delaware, Mary was a 1500-meter Nationals qualifier. But it was Knisely’s post-collegiate running
accomplishments that moved her into an elite class as a track athlete in world competition. In the 1984 U.S. Olympic trials, Mary placed seventh in the 3,000m. In 1985, she was a member of the U.S.
Cross Country gold medal world championship team, placed third in the 3,000m at the U.S. Track and Field Outdoor Championships, won the Silver Medal in the World Cup 10,000, and ran first in the
10,000 at the IAAF championship meet. In 1986, Mary was national champion in the 3,000m at the U.S. Track and Field Outdoor Championships and placed third overall in the 3,000m at the IAAF Grand
Prix. In 1987, she repeated as national champion in the 3,000m, was gold medalist in the 3,000m at the Pan Am Games, and ran again as a member of the U.S. Cross Country gold medal world championship
team. That same year Knisely ran a 5K-road race in 15:12 at Kutztown, Pennsylvania., setting an unofficial world record, and was ranked sixth in the world for track 5K. In 1988, she placed fifth in
the 3,000m at the U.S. Olympic Trials. In 2001, Mary ranked sixth in the world Master’s road rankings.

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