Mary Schilly Knisely
Hall of Fame induction: 2007
A native of Wilmington, DE, Mary was Northern Regional and Individual State Champion in the 1500m in 1977 before graduating from Concord H.S. At U of D from where Mary graduated in 1981, she twice competed at the Association of Intercollegiate Athletics for Women (AIAW) outdoor nationals for the Blue Hens in the mile run in 1979 and 1980, placed fifth in the 1500m at the 1980 EAIAW outdoor regionals, and established school records in the indoor 880yd (2:17.9) and mile (4:51.6) runs and in the outdoor 880yd run (2:21.0) and 1500m (4:23.0).
Following her career at Delaware, Mary enjoyed outstanding success as one of the world’s top distance runners. She competed at the U.S. Olympic Trials three times, gold medalist in the 3000 meters at the 1987 Pan Am Games, silver medalist in the World Cup 10,000m, member of the 1985 and 1987 gold medal World Championship U.S. Cross Country teams, IAAF Grand Prix placer (1986-3rd in 3K and 1987-2nd in 5K), national champion in the 3000m at the U.S. Outdoor Championships in 1986 and 1987, and the U.S. Masters Marathon National Champion in 2001.
Her P.R.’s include 4:05(1500m), 8:41(3000m), 15:12(5000m), 32:19(10,000m), and 2:35:11(marathon).
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