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

Career Bests (thru 2016 indoors):

  • 5,000 meters: 15:11.13
  • 1,500: 4:18.29
  • Mile: 4:42.43i
  • 3,000: 9:04.57i

Stanford Record Book:
Outdoors

  • 5,000: 1st

Indoors

  • 3,000: 6th
  • 5,000: 6th

At Stanford:

  • 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.
  • Won the 2013 and 2015 Pac-12 cross-country titles.
  • 2014 NCAA indoor and outdoor 5,000 runner-up.
  • Fourth in the 5,000 at the 2014 USATF Championships.

2016 Season:
Indoors

  • Raced on track for first time since June 2014, running the 3,000 at the MPSF Championships, in her only race this season.
  • Placed sixth in 9:10.59, qualifying for NCAA's in the No. 15 spot, after two faster runners pulled out.
  • Was a late scratch from NCAA Championships as an injury precaution.

2015 Season:
Outdoors

  • Did not compete.

Indoors

  • Did not compete.

2014 Season:
Outdoors

  • NCAA runner-up in the 5,000, clocking 15:37.74 in Eugene, Ore.
  • It was Stanford's highest finish in that event since 2005.
  • Led for most of the final two miles before being passed with 600 by to go by winner Marielle Hall of Texas, with Dartmouth's Abbey D'gostino in third.
  • Broke school and Pac-12 records in the 5,000 at the Payton Jordan Cardinal Invitational on May 4, and crushed her personal record by 42 seconds, running 15:11.13.
  • It made her the third-fastest in collegiate history and the second-fastest ever for an American collegian, trailing only Colorado's Jenny Simpson, who ran 15:01.70 indoors in 2009.
  • The school record was 15:20.44 set by three-time NCAA 5,000 champion Lauren Fleshman in 2003.
  • Fleshman was in attendance during Cuffe's record-setting run.
  • Finished fourth at the USATF Championships in Sacramento on June 28, running 15:13.15, with teammate Jessica Tonn ninth.
  • The time was the second-fastest ever for Cuffe.
  • Placed second in the Pac-12 5,000 in 16:11.97 and in the 1,500 (a PR 4:18.29).
  • Third in the NCAA West Prelims, running 15:55.16.
  • Anchored Stanford to second-placed finishes at the Penn Relays, running a 4:35.86 split for 1,600 in the distance medley relay and 4:16.6 in the 4x1,500.
  • Won the Big Meet in the 1,500 (4:19.79) ... named Pac-12 All-Academic honorable mention.

Indoors 

  • Earned two first-team All-America honors at the NCAA Championships.
  • Placed second to Dartmouth's Abbey D'Agostino in the NCAA 5,000, running 16:22.48.
  • The next day, placed seventh in the 3,000 (9:17.87).
  • Won the MPSF championship in the 3,000, running a personal best 9:04.57, the fourth-fastest in Stanford indoor history.
  • Jumped to No. 5 on Stanford's all-time indoor list with a personal best 15:53.95 in the 5,000, placing third in the invitational race at the Husky Classic on Feb. 14.
  • Fifth in the invite mile at the Penn State National, running 4:45.51.

2013 Season:
Outdoors 

  • Earned second-team All-America honors in the 5,000, placing 13th at the NCAA Championships in 16:16.37.
  • That was after coming in with the 24th best time.
  • Placed 10th in the Pac-12 Championships in the 1,500, running 4:23.57.
  • Was fourth at the Big Meet in the 1,500 (4:24.64) in her season debut.
  • Sixth in the 5,000 at the NCAA West Prelims in a personal best 16:15.53.
  • A USTFCCCA All-Academic selection.
  • Named Pac-12 All-Academic honorable mention.

Indoors

  • Did not compete.

2012 Season:
Outdoors 

  • Placed 10th at the Pac-12 Championships in the 5,000, running 16:42.00 in Eugene, Ore.
  • Advanced to the NCAA West Preliminary Round in the 5,000, placing 25th in 17:07.32.
  • Earned USTFCCCA All-Academic honors.

Indoors

  • Set the American junior record in the 3,000 of 9:07.79 while setting a meet record at the UW Last Chance meet in Seattle on March 3.
  • The time was the fifth-best indoor mark in school history.
  • The time broke her own AJR mark of 9:15.56 that she first set at the Razorback Invitational in Fayetteville, Ark., on Feb. 3.
  • Earned second-team All-America honors by placing 14th at the NCAA Championships, running 9:27.57.
  • Placed fifth in the MPSF Championships in 9:10.07.

Cross Country:

  • Won the 2013 and 2015 Pac-12 individual championships.
  • Named Pac-12 Scholar-Athlete of the Year.
  • Finished fourth at the 2013 NCAA Championships to earn her second All-America honor.
  • Named 2013 Pac-12 women's cross country Athlete of the Year.
  • Placed 21st at the 2012 NCAA Championships in Louisville, Ky.
  • Was the No. 1 runner for Stanford's third-place NCAA team.
  • A four-time NCAA Championships participant.

International:

  • Twice competed with the USA junior national team.
  • Was the U.S.'s top runner at the 2011 IAAF World Junior Cross Country Championships in Punta Umbria, Spain, placing 17th while clocking 20:15 over 6K.
  • Also ran the 5K at the 2009 Pan Am Games in Trinidad and Tobago.
  • Was second at the Bupa Great Edinburgh International Cross Country Championships in Scotland.

High School:

  • The 2010 Foot Locker cross country national champion.
  • Won the 2011 USA Junior cross country and New Balance Indoor Nationals 2-mile titles.
  • Set the junior national record in the 2-mile with a time of 9:54.22.
  • A seven-time New York state champion and five-time NYS Federation champion.
  • Won two USA Junior 5K championships, 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.
  • Set school records in five events.
  • Teams won a combined three OCIAA Championships and six Section 9 Championships.
  • Also appearedon Cornwall Central's 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.

Personal:

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

Career Results:

Year Season (Meets) Event Season Best Conf. Finish W. Prelims NCAA Champs.
2016 Indoors (1) 3,000 9:10.59 6 (MPSF) -- --
2015 Outdoors (0) -- -- -- -- --
  Indoors (0) -- -- -- -- --
2014 Outdoors (8) 5,000 15:11.13 2 (Pac-12) 3 2
    1,500 4:18.29 2 (Pac-12) -- --
    DMR 10:57.64 -- -- --
    4x1500 17:16.74 -- -- --
  Indoors (4) 5,000 15:53.95 -- -- 2
    3,000 9:04.57 1 (MPSF) -- 7
    Mile 4:45.51 -- -- --
2013 Outdoors (5) 5,000 16:15.53 6 (Pac-12) 6 13
    1,500 4:23.57 10 (Pac-12) -- --
  Indoors (0) -- -- -- -- --
2012 Outdoors (3) 5,000 16:42.00 10 (Pac-12) 25 --
    1,500 4:31.22 -- -- --
  Indoors (5) 3,000 9:07.79 5 (MPSF) -- 14
    Mile 4:42.43 -- -- --
    DMR 11:14.61 -- -- 9

 

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