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Molly McNamara
Position: Middle Distance
Other Position: Distances
Year: 5th Year Senior
Hometown: Little Silver, N.J.
High School: Red Bank Catholic
Major: Human biology
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Career Bests (thru 2015):

  • 1,500 meters: 4:20.86
  • Mile: 4:43.85i
  • 800: 2:09.21
  • 1,000: 2:50.14i
  • 3,000: 9:46.31

2015 Season:
Outdoors

  • Advanced to the NCAA West Prelims, running 4:27.41 for 21st overall in the 1,500.
  • Placed 10th at the Pac-12 Championships in 4:22.87.
  • Set 1,500 personal bests in consecutive meets, running 4:21.45 at the Big Meet and 4:20.86 at the Payton Jordan.
  • USTFCCCA All-Academic team.
  • Won the Stanford Athletic Board Donald Kennedy Award for presented to the senior athlete(s) who best exhibits the combination of excellent academics, strong athletic ability and a commitment to community service.

Indoors

  • Placed 11th in the mile at the MPSF Championships (4:47.85).
  • Ran personal best 4:43.85 to win her heat at the Husky Classic.
  • Ran three mile races during the season, opening with a 4:53.07 to place third in her heat at the Razorback Invitational.

2014 Season:
Outdoors

  • Ran a season best 1,500 of 4:30.93 at the Payton Jordan Invitational.
  • Competed in the prelims of the Pac-12 Championships in the 1,500, placing 23rd overall.
  • Season best 800 of 2:14.29 came at the Brutus Hamilton Open.
  • Was fifth in the 800 and sixth in the 1,500 at the Big Meet.
  • Named Pac-12 All-Academic honorable mention.

Indoors

  • Placed 15th in the mile at the MPSF Championships, running 4:54.76.
  • Set a personal best in the 1,000 with a 2:50.14 in finishing ninth at the UW Indoor Preview.
  • In two mile races, has a season best of 4:54.37 at the Husky Classic.

2013 Season:
Outdoors

  • Advanced to her first NCAA West Prelims, placing 48th in the 1,500.
  • Did not reach the final, but placed 21st overall in the Pac-12 Championships (4:35.24).
  • Set personal record of 4:24.96 while placing fifth at the Big Meet.
  • Ran seven 1,500's and three 800's, doubling three times ... ran a season 800 best of 2:16.82 at the Jim Click Shootout.

Indoors 

  • Placed 15th at the MPSF Championships in the mile, in 4:55.55.
  • Ran a season best 800 of 2:15.00 at the UW Preview.
  • Competed in four meets, running the 800 twice, and the 1,000, mile, 4x400, 4x800, and the distance medley relay once each.

2012 Season:
Outdoors

  • Did not compete.

Indoors

  • Did not compete.

Cross Country:

  • Two-time participant in the NCAA Championships.
  • Placed 10th at the 2014 NCAA West Regionals to earn All-West Region honors as team's No. 2 runner.
  • Ran as team's No. 5 at the 2013 NCAA West Regional
  • Placed 14th at the 2014 Pac-12 meet, and 54th in 2013.
  • Team's top finisher (fifth overall) at the 2015 Stanford Invitational.

High School:

  • A seven-time All-American, including 2011 appearances at the New Balance Outdoor Nationals (distance medley relay), the USATF Juniors (1,500), and the New Balance Indoor Nationals (4x800 and mile).
  • Placed sixth at the 2011 U.S. junior nationals in the 1,500 in 4:28.94.
  • Named to all-state teams for cross country in 2010 and track in 2011.
  • 2010 Nike Cross National Northeast individual champion.
  • Holds the New Jersey state sophomore record in the 1,000 meters (2:56) as well as the Ocean County Park 5K course record (17:14).
  • Set 18 school records.
  • Cross country squad won the 2010 county, conference, and state championships.
  • 2011 track team won the New Balance Nationals 4x800 indoor with the third-best all-time result.
  • Holds the New Jersey state record in the DMR.
  • Captained her cross country as well as both the winter and spring track teams twice each.
  • Won the 2011 New Jersey Non-Public A titles in the 800 (2:09.21) and 1,600 (4:44.90).

Personal:

  • Daughter of Peter and Susan McNamara.
  • Has three younger siblings, Connor, Mary Kate and Emmett.
  • Majoring in human biology.
  • Founder of Cardinal RHED, a mental-health advocacy group for Stanford student-athletes.

Career Results:

Year Season (Meets) Event Season Best Conf. Finish W. Prelims NCAA Champs.
2015 Outdoors (6) 1,500 4:20.86 10 (Pac-12) 21 --
    Mile 4:44.15 -- -- --
    3,000 9:46.31 -- -- --
  Indoors (3) Mile 4:43.85 11 (MPSF) -- --
2014 Outdoors (6) 1,500 4:30.93 23 (Pac-12) -- --
    800 2:14.29 -- -- --
  Indoors (3) Mile 4:43.85 11 (MPSF) -- --
2013 Outdoors (7) 1,500 4:24.96 21 (Pac-12) 48 --
    800 2:16.82 -- -- --
  Indoors (4) Mile 4:55.55 15 (MPSF) -- --
    800 2:15.00 -- -- --
    1,000 2:57.04 -- -- --
    DMR 11:48.69 -- -- --
    4x400 4:00.72 -- -- --
    4x800 9:14.31 -- -- --
2012 Outdoors (0) -- -- -- -- --
  Indoors (0) -- -- -- -- --

 

 

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