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Aisling Cuffe
Aisling Cuffe
Year: 5th Year Senior
Hometown: Cornwall-on-Hudson, N.Y.
High School: Cornwall Central
Major: Biology
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* Seven-Time All-American *

At Stanford:

  • Two-time Pac-12 cross country champion (2013, 2015).
  • 2014 NCAA indoor and outdoor 5,000 runner-up.
  • Twice set the American junior indoor record in the 3,000 in 2012 .

2015 Season (Fifth-year senior):

  • Pac-12 champion (6K, 19:53.1).
  • Pac-12 Women’s Cross Country Athlete of the Year.
  • Pac-12 Women’s Cross Country Scholar-Athlete of the Year.
  • All-Pac-12 first team.
  • Pac-12 All-Academic honorable mention.
  • Washington Invitational winner.
  • NCAA postgraduate scholarship award winner.
  • Placed 117th at NCAA Championships, for No. 3 on team (6K, 20:57.3).
  • Competed in four races.

2014 Season (Senior):

  • Did not race because of injury.

2013 Season (Junior):

  • Won the Pac-12 championship on Nov. 2 in Louisville, Colo.
  • Named Pac-12 women's cross country Athlete of the Year.
  • Finished fourth at the NCAA Championships, earning All-America honors and earning Stanford's highest finish since Arianna Lambie was fourth in 2006.
  • Ran 20:09.03 at the NCAA's in Terre Haute, Ind., leading Stanford to 11th place.
  • Placed third at the NCAA West Regional in Sacramento (19:15, 6K).
  • Named to the All-West Region team.
  • Came from behind at Pac-12's to beat Arizona's Elvin Kibet, the runner-up, by 11 seconds.
  •  Cuffe ran 21:04 (6K) at Coal Creek Golf Course (elevation, 5,535 feet).
  • It was Cuffe's second collegiate victory, following her USF Invite win in 2012.
  • Was second (20:10.70) at the Pre-Nationals by one second to Boise State's Emma Bates in Terre Haute, Ind.
  • Second to teammate Jessica Tonn at the Stanford Invitational (21:00, 6K)
  • Third at season-opening USF Invitational (17:44.9, 5K).
  • Named Pac-12 All-Academic honorable mention.
  • Selected to the All-Pac-12 first team.

2012 Season (Sophomore):

  • Placed 21st at the NCAA Championships, earning USTFCCCA All-America honors.
  • Was Stanford's No. 1 runner at the NCAA's, helping Cardinal to third place, its best finish since 2007.
  • Ran 20:03.8 over 6K at nationals.
  • Earned USTFCCCA All-West Region honors by placing ninth at Seattle's Jefferson Golf Course in 19:53 over 5K as team's No. 3.
  • Was 10th at Pac-12 Championships as Stanford's No. 2 runner at Santa Clarita's Robinson Ranch Golf Course, running 20:32 (6K).
  • Ran six meets, tied with Jessica Tonn as the most for Stanford.
  • Earned first collegiate individual title by winning the season-opening USF Invitational at Golden Gate Park, covering the 5K course in 17:08.0.
  • Was fourth at the Stanford Invitational (6K, 20:26) and 25th at the Wisconsin adidas Invitational (6K, 20:08).
  • An All-Pac-12 second-team selection.
  • Pac-12 All-Academic honorable mention.

2011 Season (Freshman):

  • Stanford's No. 3 runner at both the NCAA West Regionals and the NCAA Championships.
  • Placed 74th at the NCAA Championships with a time of 20:49.6.
  • Was the individual runner-up at the Stanford Invitational with a season-best time of 20:12.
  • Placed 22nd at the NCAA West Regional with a time of 20:52.
  • Finished 24th at the Pac-12 Championships, covering the 6,000 meters in 20:44.
  • Also competed at the Wisconsin Invitational, placing 55th in 20:57.3.

Track and Field:

  • Set school and Pac-12 records by running the 5,000 in 15:11.13 at the 2014 Payton Jordan Invitational, making her the third-fastest collegian all-time, and second-fastest American collegian.
  • 2014 NCAA indoor and outdoor 5,000 runner-up.
  • Fourth in the 5,000 at the 2014 USATF Championships.

High School:

  • The 2010 Foot Locker Cross Country national champion.
  • Won the 2011 USA Junior Cross Country and New Balance Indoor Nationals 2-Mile.
  • Set the junior national record in the 2-mile with a time of 9:54.22.
  • A seven-time state champion and five-time NYS Federation champion.
  • Won two USA Junior 5K races in 2009 and 2010.
  • Named the Gatorade National Girls Runner of the Year in 2010-11, after winning similar state honors twice.
  • 2011 NYS Gatorade Track Athlete of the Year.
  • Holds school records in five events.
  • Teams won a combined three OCIAA Championships and six Section 9 Championships.
  • Also appeared in the 2011 All-American distance medley relay.
  • Captained her school's indoor, outdoor, and cross country teams for two years.
  • Competed as a race-walker during the indoor season of her freshman year.

International Competition:

  • Has competed with the USA junior team twice.
  • Traveled to Spain with the squad for the World Junior Cross Country Championships in 2011.
  • Also ran the 5K at the 2009 Pan Am Junior Championships in Trinidad and Tobago.


  • Daughter of Ronald and Marie Cuffe.
  • Has a younger brother, Conor, and a younger sister, Dara.
  • Majoring in biology.