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Sean McGorty
Sean McGorty
Position: Distances
Year: Junior
Hometown: Fairfax, Va.
High School: Chantilly
Major: Mgt. science & engineering

* Six-time All-American *

Career Bests (thru 2016 indoors):

  • Mile: 3:53.95i
  • 5,000 meters: 13:37.64
  • 1,500: 3:40.62
  • 3,000: 7:48.79i
  • Two mile: 8:45.61

Record Book:

  • Mile: 1st
  • 3,000: 2nd
  • DMR: 1st, 5th

At Stanford:

  • Fastest miler in Stanford history.
  • 2016 NCAA Indoor 3,000 runner-up.
  • Two-time cross-country All-America with a best of seventh at the 2015 NCAA Championships.
  • First-team outdoor track All-America in 2015 with eighth-place 5,000.
  • Ran sub-4:00 mile in his first collegiate track race.
  • The 2015 USTFCCCA Men's Cross Country Scholar Athlete of the Year.

2016 Season:

  • Second at NCAA Championships to Oregon's Edward Cheserek in the 3,000 (8:01.55) for his highest national finish to date.
  • Anchored Stanford to fourth in the NCAA DMR, running a 3:58.19, passing four teams.
  • Crushed Stanford mile record, including indoors and outdoors, with a 3:53.95 on the 307-meter Dempsey Indoor track at the MPSF Championships.
  • Because it was run on an oversized track, McGorty and winner Izaic Yorks did not get credit for the two-fastest times in American collegiate history.
  • However, they were the two fastest indoor times ever run by American collegians, on any sized indoor track (and Nos. 3 and 4 among all collegians).
  • Converted to a 1,500 time (3:36.62), it was the fastest by a Stanford runner on American soil or against collegiate competition.
  • Became the fourth-fastest American collegiate miler ever, indoors or outdoors.
  • Anchored Stanford's distance medley relay to a school record 9:27.27 at the Penn State National, by running a 1,600 anchor split of 3:55.8.
  • It was the fifth-fastest DMR in collegiate history.
  • Ran an 7:48.79 -- tying Jonathon Riley for the No. 2 3,000 in Stanford indoor history -- in finishing second to Syracuse' Justyn Knight in another great duel, at the Iowa State Classic.

2015 Season:

  • Earn first-team All-America honors by placing eighth in the 5,000 at the NCAA Championships.
  • Ran 13:53.63 to finish one spot ahead of teammate Erik Olson.
  • Second in the Big Meet in the 1,500 in a personal best 3:40.62.
  • Fifth in the Pac-12 Championships 1,500 in 3:47.07.
  • Anchored Stanford to two third-place finishes at the Penn Relays, in the 4xMile and distance medley relay.
  • Raced the 1,500 at the U.S. Championships, placing seventh in heat (3:49.94) and 25th overall.
  • USTFCCCA All-Academic team.
  • Pac-12 All-Academic second team.


  • Ran a sub-4:00 mile in his first collegiate track race, running 3:59.34 to finish third at the UW Indoor Classic, behind only Olympians Matthew Centrowitz and Cam Levins.
  • Became the 426th American to run a sub-4:00 mile.
  • Ran only two individual races all season, finishing ninth in the 3,000 at the Husky Classic in 7:54.68.
  • Earned second-team All-America honors by anchoring Stanford's distance medley relay team to 10th place (9:50.50) at the NCAA Championships.
  • Anchored Stanford to second in the DMR at the Alex Wilson Invite at Notre Dame (9:29.34).

2014 Season:

  • Redshirted, but competed and excelled in several races while running unattached.
  • Won the Brutus Hamilton Invitational mile in 4:00.35, a PR by four seconds.
  • Ran 13:37.64, which would have been second only to Chris Derrick among Stanford freshmen if not redshirting.
  • The time placed him sixth in the Payton Jordan 'B' race on his fast 5,000.
  • It was his first 5,000 race on the track.
  • Ran 1,500 PR of 3:44.82 while placing second in the second section of the Stanford Invitational.


  • Finished second in the invitational 3,000 (7:59.11) at the UW Invitational while running unattached.


  • Won the North American, Central American, and Caribbean junior cross country title and led the U.S. team to victory on Feb. 22, 2014, at Mount Irvine, Tobago.

Cross Country:

  • Placed seventh at the 2015 NCAA Championships in Louisville.
  • 2015 Pac-12 runner-up behind Oregon's Edward Cheserek.
  • Placed 20th at the 2014 NCAA Championships in only his second race of the seaon.
  • Helped Stanford to a second-place finish.
  • Won the 2-14 U.S. junior national championship while leading Stanford to a 1-2-3 sweep of the 8K race (24:44) at Flatirons Golf Course in Boulder, Colo.
  • Ran four meets for Stanford in 2013, finishing fifth overall and No. 1 for team in his debut race, at the Pre-Nationals.
  • Ran No. 4 for Stanford at the West Regional (12th place) and NCAA Championship meets.
  • Earned 2013 All-West Region honors.

High School:

  • Won the 2013 New Balance Outdoor Championships with a state record 8:45.61 for two miles in Greensboro, N.C.
  • Led wire to wire to win by nearly seven seconds.
  • It was the second-fastest two-mile in the country in 2013.
  • Won every cross-country race in 2012, except for a runner-up finish in the Foot Locker nationals in San Diego.
  • Among his victories was a state-meet record 14:47 over 5K to win the Virginia Group AAA title.
  • Repeated as the Virginia 3A champion in the 3,200.
  • Followed his 9:05.51 title-winning run in 2012 with 8:58.02 victory in 2013.
  • Ran 4:04.47 to set a Penn Relays high school mile record.
  • It was the No. 3 mile in the country in 2013.
  • Fourth at the 2013 U.S. junior nationals in the 1,500, in 3:49.26.


  • Majoring in management science and engineering.
  • Son of Kevin and Vicki McGorty, who both competed in track and field at North Carolina.
  • Father was a three-time Atlantic Coast Conference decathlon champ and competed in the 1988 and 1992 Olympic Trials.
  • Father coaches the multis, pole vault, and high jump at George Mason University.
  • Mother is the former Vicki Verinder.
  • Sean has younger brothers Ryan and Brandon.
  • Grandfather, Donald McGorty, competed in basketball and track at Manhattan College.
  • Uncles Chris and Dennis McGorty were collegiate track athletes at Maryland and North Carolina, respectively.

Career Statistics:

Year Season (Meets Event Season Best Conf. Finish W. Prelims NCAA Champs.
2016 Indoors (3) Mile 3:53.95 2 (MPSF) -- --
    3,000 7:48.79 -- -- 2
    DMR 9:27.27 -- -- 4
2015 Outdoors (8) 5,000 13:48.13 -- 5 8
    1,500 3:40.62 5 (Pac-12) -- --
    4xMile 16:20.44 -- -- --
    DMR 9:37.11 -- -- --
  Indoors (5) Mile 3:59.34 -- -- --
    3,000 7:54.68 -- -- --
    DMR 7:51.26 -- -- 10
2014 Outdoors (0) -- -- -- -- --
  Indoors (0) -- -- -- -- --