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Ellie Shea Race Videos

2021 Adidas Boost Boston Games- HS Girls Dream Mile

2021 Brooks PR Girls Mile

2021 NSAF Outdoor Nationals Girls 5000m

2022 BU Last Chance Womens 3000m

2022 New Balance Nationals Indoor Championship 5000m

2022 New Balance Nationals Indoor Championship 5000m

2022 New Balance Nationals Indoor Championship Mile
   
   
   
   

Ellie Shea

Name: Ellie Shea
Hometown: Belmont, MA
School: Belmont High School
Graduation Year: 2024
Date of Birth: September 6, 2005
Height: 5'4"
Weight:
101 lbs.
Email: elliesheausa@gmail.com
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Emerging Elites Enrollment

10 Seasons: Summer 2022
  Spring 2022
  Winter 2021-22
  Fall 2021
  Summer 2021
  Spring 2021
  Winter 2020-21
  Fall 2020
  Summer 2020
  Spring 2020

About

Ellie has always loved to participate in sports, even from a young age. She played soccer and lacrosse for the town of Belmont in early elementary school and joined a youth track program in second grade. Ellie immediately loved running. She continued to run while also competing in club and town soccer, lacrosse and raced alpine skiing for Cranmore Mountain in New Hampshire.

On the cross country trails, Ellie capped off her middle school career with a win at the Mayor’s Cup at Franklin Park, setting the course record, and an All American distinction at USATF XC Nationals in 2019. But it is on the track that Ellie really has found her passion. After being off the track for over a year due to COVID, Ellie is excited to be back.

Ellie is a sophomore at Belmont High School. In addition to running, Ellie is hoping to participate in a triathlon. She also loves to do anything outside, including hiking, biking, swimming and skiing (both nordic and alpine).


Freshman Outdoor Season, Spring 2021

After posting early season PR’s in the mile (4:51.81) and two mile (10:25.79) at the Ocean State Running Invitationals in Providence, Ellie was invited to the adidas Boost Boston Games as one of 10 high school girls to compete in the adidas Girls Dream Mile. Not wanting to waste this opportunity to race some of the best milers from around the country right here in Boston, Ellie was eager to go head-to-head against this great field that was coming to Boston to race her! The course was a USATF-certified winding 804m out-and-back loop with a tight u-turn at halfway.

Ellie’s efforts were rewarded with a shiny new mile PR of 4:45.42, a 6-second PR over her 4:51.79 four weeks earlier at the Ocean State Running Invitational on April 24. Ellie’s mark is the Massachusetts state record for the freshman girls mile for all surfaces.

Ellie Shea and Emerging Elites teammate Margot Appleton raced together at the USATF Mini Meet #3 at Gordon College on Saturday, June 5. Ellie was aiming to get into a faster race and compete with two of the best athletes in the country. Ellie ran a swift 10:10.49 for 2 Miles, breaking the MA state record held by Ari Lambie since 2003. Ellie ran a 3000m FAT en route in 9:30.64. A special thanks to USATF New England for having a FAT camera set up at 3000m.

Ellie accepted an invite from Brooks to the Brooks PR Invitational in Seattle and decided to race the Girls Mile. She was the only freshman invited. Amid smoke cannons and an elaborate introduction, twelve girls took the line for the start of the mile at the Brooks PR Invitational. Eager to improve her track mile PR of 4:51 and her overall mile PR of 4:45 from the adidas Girls Dream Mile, Ellie was excited to race the top milers from across the country. Getting out well and racing on the rail, Ellie was rewarded with a new 2 second PR of 4:43.73 and took 5th place. Buoyed with a new mile PR, Ellie turned her focus to racing well the next day at the NSAF Outdoor Nationals presented by Nike in Eugene, Oregon.

Entered in the Championship 5000m, 2 Mile and Mile, Ellie had lots of options for what she wanted to race at the NSAF Outdoor Nationals. She decided to make her 5000m debut at Hayward Field. Racing with fellow Emerging Elites teammate Margot Appleton and Caroline Wells of Florida, who both raced the Brooks PR Mile the prior day in Seattle, this trio quickly gained separation from the field by passing through the opening 1600m in 5:08, 3000m in 9:42 and 3200m in 10:21. Their 3200m time was only 2 seconds slower than the winning time of 10:19.95 for the Girls Championship 2 mile held later on Saturday afternoon and they still had 1800m of racing! Ellie made her move with 1200m remaining and really pushed the final kilometer at Hayward Field. Ellie raced to the line and accelerated through the winner’s breaktape, running 16:10.42 to win the Championship 5000m in her 5000m debut! Ellie’s last 1600m was covered in 5:10.

Ellie’s 5000m National Championship capped off an amazing freshman track season. With COVID forcing the MIAA to reschedule the Division and All State meets at the end of June just prior to the Brooks PR Invitational and NSAF Outdoor Nationals, Ellie made the decision to forgo the MIAA meets to focus on racing well at Brooks and NSAF Outdoor Nationals. Ellie was rewarded with a 2 second mile PR at Brooks PR and a smashing 5000m debut at Hayward Field. In addition to winning the national championship and earning All-American honors, Ellie broke Kim Gallagher’s 42-year freshman class record of 16:34.7h in 1979 by an astounding 24 seconds. Ellie also set the age 15 National 5000m age group record, Hayward Field facility record, #2 All-time Massachusetts, #3 All-time New England, #2 All-time at NSAF Outdoor Nationals, and #12 All-time High School Outdoor 5000m. Her 16:10.42 is also faster than the age 16 age group record and faster than Sydney Masciarelli’s 16:16 sophomore national record.

Cross Country 2021

Ellie opened her 2021 cross country season at the Mayor’s Cup at Franklin Park on Sunday, October 24, running 17:12. This was Ellie’s debut at Franklin Park’s 5K course, which was standardized in 1995. Ellie raced her way to second place overall in the Women’s Championship race, running against a field of post-collegiate and professional athletes. Her time of 17:12 is the third fastest high school girl performance for 5K at Franklin Park, behind Shalane Flanagan’s 17:08 in 1999 and the course record of 17:04 by Sydney Masciarelli in 2018. Ellie’s 17:12 set the Emerging Elites club record for Franklin Park, bettering Margot Appleton’s 17:14 from the 2019 Mayor’s Cup.

For her second cross country race of the season and only her second cross country race since 8th grade, Ellie competed in the Eastbay Northeast Regionals at Van Cortlandt Park. Excited to return to Van Cortlandt, Ellie raced her way to sixth place in 17:55 and qualified for the Eastbay National XC Championships in San Diego on December 11, 2021. Ellie was the only female qualifier from Massachusetts and the only female qualifier from New England this year and will be joining 4 girls from New York, 2 from New Jersey, 2 from Pennsylvania and 1 from Maryland as the Northeast team. Ellie paced the Massachusetts team at the regional meet and the Commonwealth squad took fourth place in the team competition. Ellie joins Emerging Elites alumnae Erin Dietz (2014) and Margot Appleton (2019) as Eastbay / Foot Locker Finalists and has earned her way to race the top athletes at Balboa Park in San Diego.

After establishing herself in a good position with the lead runners off the start at Balboa Park and putting herself in the top 4-5 athletes, Ellie ran into an issue on the course and decided it was best not to finish. While she did not have the performance that she wanted, she walked away from the weekend with a few important, hard earned lessons. A special thanks to the Eastbay and New Balance teams for making Ellie’s Eastbay National experience an incredible memory.

Indoor 2022

Ellie opened up her 2022 track season at the Millrose Games New Balance Invitational Mile at the Armory. After leading for most of the race in the 17 athlete invited field, Ellie was clipped after the bell lap and was unable to finish. While it was a not the season opener she wanted, Ellie reset her focus and after regrouping with a solid week of training, she was eager to get back to racing. Thanks to the Armory team for inviting Ellie to compete in the prestigious Millrose Games.

Accepting an invite to the New Balance Indoor Grand Prix to race the Junior Girls Mile, Ellie returned to New York for the second consecutive weekend. Excited to race in a fast field and at the Ocean Breeze facility for the first time, Ellie took full advantage of this race and rebounded with a 4:48.60 season opener and pressed her advantage to a 3.5 second win. This was Ellie’s indoor mile PR. Thanks to the NB Indoor Grand Prix team for recruiting a fast field and hosting a world-class meet at Ocean Breeze.

After back-to-back weekends of traveling down to New York for races, Ellie was eager to test her fitness by competing in Boston in a faster mixed field of collegiate, professional and high school athletes. Looking to build on her win at the New Balance Indoor Grand Prix, she set her sights on the mile at the BU David Hemery Valentine Invitational aiming to lower her indoor mile PR. Racing in the third heat, Ellie positioned herself near the front of her section and raced her way to a new mile PR of 4:40.01, which is the second fastest in Massachusetts history behind Lynn Jennings (4:39.0 in 1978) and the sophomore class national record. Special thanks to both the BU coaching staff for hosting a meet focused on performances and the timing team from Lancer Timing for setting up a FAT at 1500m. Ellie’s 1500m split of 4:21.42 is a qualifying mark for the 2022 USATF U20 Championships and the World Athletics U20 Championships in Cali, Colombia.

On February 27, Ellie ran both the 800m and the 3000m at the BU Last Chance meet, roughly 2 hours and 20 minutes apart. Looking to reacquaint herself with the 800m for the first time in nearly three years, Ellie drew a heat assignment for Heat 1 with a very speedy group of seasoned athletes. Undeterred, Ellie raced her way to 2:08.59, bettering her previous best of 2:21.85 by more than 13 seconds.

After taking some time to refuel, recharge and reorient, Ellie set her sights on racing the 3000m. Ellie’s 3000m best of 9:30.64 from June was in jeopardy when she decided to take the lead and set the pace for Heat 1, a mix of professional and collegiate athletes looking to get one more quality race to cap off the indoor season. Ellie established a strong, steady pace, coming through the 1000m in 3:02.51 and the 1600m in 4:52.60, just a touch slower than her 4:48 mile from the NB Indoor Grand Prix three weeks ago at Ocean Breeze. And she still had 7 laps to go! Ellie dug in and passed the 2000m mark at 6:06.41. Ellie found her groove and rattled off her final 1000m in 3:02.13 to take second place overall in 9:08.54.

For her efforts, Ellie took 22 seconds off the Massachusetts state record held by the great Lesley Welch (1981). Ellie’s 3000m was the 5th fastest all-time US HS Girls Indoor 3000m performance and the 4th fastest performer behind Katelyn Tuohy (2 marks), Mary Cain and Marlee Starliper. It was also the 2nd fastest US HS Girls Sophomore 3000m, only behind Katelyn Tuohy’s 9:05.26.

Ellie was excited for a return trip to New York to the Armory for New Balance Nationals Indoors. She qualified for the Girls Championship 800m, Mile, 2 Mile and 5000m and was thrilled to see strong quality fields in each of the events. Knowing that she had only raced five times during the indoor season and that only two of those races were with high school fields, Ellie was eager to compete with her peers and reconnect with friends from around the country. Taking it one day and one race at a time, Ellie kicked off her New Balance Nationals Indoors with the Girls Championship 2 Mile on Friday afternoon at the Armory. Ellie had qualified for the 2 Mile with her 3000m at BU Last Chance and was eager for her indoor 2 mile debut.

On paper, the Girls Championship 2 Mile was a stacked field including three of the top four finishers from Eastbay Cross Country Nationals, Natalie Cook (1st), Angelina Perez (2nd) and Karrie Baloga (4th). Reaching the half mile in 2:27, Ellie, Angelina and Natalie quickly created separation from the field and they continued to press their advantage by going through the mile in 4:58. Natalie started a big push and Ellie gave chase. Both Natalie and Ellie were poised to run strong negative splits after Perez paced a modest opening mile. Cook took the victory in a stellar 9:44.44, setting the Armory facility record and Texas record while running the second fastest US high school indoor two mile. Ellie was next across the line in a strong 9:52.35, setting the sophomore national class record and smashing Lynn Jenning’s Massachusetts record by 18 seconds (10:10.5 in 1978). In her indoor two mile debut and her first ever race at indoor nationals, Ellie ran the 6th fastest all-time US high school indoor two mile. Angelina took third in 9:56.96 for her first time racing at the Armory and ran her way to #12 all-time. This was a race for the ages and Ellie was thrilled to get into an amazing field with athletes who wanted to work together to go fast.

Ellie Shea New Balance Nationals Indoor Championship 2 Mile Sophomore Record Ellie Shea New Balance Nationals Indoor Championship 2 Mile 2nd Place
     Ellie Shea on the New Balance Nationals Indoor Championship 2 Mile

After the excitement of Friday’s 2 Mile, Ellie refocused on getting prepared for the next day. While happy with her effort on Friday, Ellie knew that she was also walking away from the award stand a bit disappointed. Redirecting her energies into recovering and preparing for the next day, Ellie reset her focus to Saturday. With the 5000m scheduled to start roughly 23 hours after the historic 2 mile, Ellie returned to the Armory to make her second indoor event debut in two days. Ellie was very excited to see Jenna Mulhern (3rd at Eastbay Cross Country Nationals, national leader for 5000m indoors) among the entries for the 5000m. After the amazing introduction experience complete with pyrotechnics, music and personal introductions, Ellie headed towards the start for her first ever indoor 25-lap experience.

From the gun, Ellie took off and never looked back. Ian Brooks informed the Armory fans that something special might be unfolding on the track and to keep an eye on Ellie Shea. After passing through the 1000m in 3:08 and 1600m in 5:03, it was clear to those watching the splits, that Ellie was cruising. Reaching halfway in 7:53, Ellie stayed in her rhythm and continued her push towards the finish, passing the 3000m in 9:29 and 3200m in 10:08 (faster than her outdoor 2 mile PR). Ian shared with the Armory audience that this was a masterful performance and that the clock would be the witness to Ellie’s magnificent effort. Passing the 4000m in 12:42, the likelihood for a sub-16 minute 5000m was gaining momentum. Only two high school girls had ever broken 16 minutes indoors: Katelyn Tuohy ran 15:37.1 in 2018 and Brie Oakley ran 15:55.8 in 2017. With New Balance professional athletes on hand to cheer Ellie towards the finish, Corey McGee and Emma Coburn rang the bell for Ellie’s final lap and encouraged Ellie from the infield. Ellie crossed the finish line and broke the winner’s tape to stop the clock at a remarkable 15:49.47, the second fastest indoor 5000m ever run in US HS history! Ellie was now 2 for 2 at high school nationals in the 5000m, capturing one outdoor and one indoor title.

For her efforts, Ellie etched her name into Armory history, running the HS 5000m facility record. She obliterated the Massachusetts state of 16:40 held by Julie McConville in 2013 by an astonishing 51 seconds. Ellie further improved her lifetime 5000m best by 21 seconds from her 16:10.42, which was her debut 5000m at Hayward Field in July 2021 and set the freshman national record (see above for more info). Many thanks to NBNI Meet Director Tim Fulton and the Armory team for making the 5000m a quality experience for Ellie and for splitting the field into two sections.

Ellie Shea New Balance Nationals Indoor Championship 2 Mile Sophomore Record Ellie Shea New Balance Nationals Indoor Championship 2 Mile Sophomore Record
     Ellie Shea on the New Balance Nationals Indoor Championship 5000m

After the thrill of winning her second 5000m high school championship, Ellie cooled down and regeared towards Sunday. If things felt good on Sunday morning, Ellie had two more opportunities to race in quality fields at NBNI: the championship 800m and the championship mile. Both fields were amazing and Ellie decided to scratch the 800m to give herself on last shot at the mile for the indoor season. At her season opener at the Millrose Games, Ellie was clipped after the bell and was unable to finish. She was looking for a bit of redemption to end her season on a high-note.

After lots of jostling at the start, Ellie found herself at the back of the field and needing to work her way forwards. Juliette Whittaker took the race out at breakneck speed, with an opening 440 yards of 66, so Ellie was playing catchup on a super aggressive pace. Working her way back into the mix, Ellie found herself back up in fourth place and ran out of runway to catch the leaders. She finished with a respectable 4:41.00, very close to her season best of 4:40.01 at BU Valentine. Ellie was pleased with her effort, especially knowing that it was her third championship race in three days and that the three competitors who placed ahead of her in the historically fast mile were only entered in the mile at NBNI.

After three NBNI races at the Armory, with 49+ laps of racing covered in 30:22.82 (average pace of 4:57 for 6.1 miles), Ellie walked out with a solid ending to her first indoor track season (Ellie’s 2021 indoor season was held outdoors) and looked forward to a well-earned break before the outdoor season.

A huge thank you to the New Balance (Caitlin, Andy, John and Tom) and especially to meet director extraordinaire Tim Fulton for a smooth and efficient NBNI meet. The meet ran on time all weekend, the seeded fields were appropriately sized, the barrel was used to distribute the runners and the introductions were absolutely incredible! This was a meet experience without parallel.

Outdoor 2022

Ellie Shea opened her 2022 outdoor track campaign at the BAA Professional Mile held during Boston Marathon weekend. She was happy to be invited by the BAA to compete in a strong professional field in her hometown. Racing the 3-lap course in the Back Bay, Ellie was eager to test her fitness two weeks into her outdoor season. Ellie ran a road mile PR of 4:43.66, to place 9th overall. Thank you to the BAA for the invitation!

                                                  Ellie Shea BAA Invitational Mile
                                                  Ellie Shea on the BAA Professional Mile

To reacquaint herself with the outdoor track, Ellie hopped into a 800m race at the Battle Road Twilight Series at Bentley University on May 14 and ran 2:12.3. This two lap rust-buster was just enough to whet her appetite for some outdoor racing. Next up was her 1500m season debut at the Tracksmith Trials of Miles Track Night NYC at Icahn Stadium. Ellie opted for the professional women’s 1500m Heat B to mix it up with a mostly post-collegiate field. In her first outdoor 1500m in a few years, Ellie was a bit impatient and passed the pacer, but was rewarded with a nice 5-second lifetime best of 4:16.04, improving upon her 4:21.42 en route at BU in February. Ellie’s 1500m was the 12th fastest 1500m by a US high school girl all-time and the 4th fastest U18 1500m in the world to date in 2022 (Tilastopaja). Long-time New England running statistician, Larry Newman, confirmed that Ellie bettered the 45-year old Massachusetts state and New England record of 4:18.06 held by Lynn Jennings from 1977.

Eager to get in another 1500m to test her fitness in early June, Ellie was thrilled to race in the Battle Road Track Club Twilight Meet #3 on Saturday, June 4. Little did she know that US 1500m Olympian Heather MacLean was going to be pacing the 1500m, doubling back from her 800m win! Settling in right behind Heather from the start, Ellie was patient for two laps and then soloed her way to a new PB of 4:14.35, lowering her own 1500m state and New England record. Special thanks to the Battle Road Track Club and Bentley University for hosting a great meet and to Heather MacLean for the pacing. Ellie’s mark is #8 all-time in US high school history.

For the second time, Ellie was invited by Brooks to compete at the Brooks PR Invitational. Ellie had an amazing experience as a freshman when she placed fifth in the mile and set a new PR of 4:43. For her second trip to Seattle, Ellie was interested in racing the mile or two mile as both fields were stacked with the best runners in the US. Ellie decided to test her fitness by racing the 2 Mile, her first race at that distance for her outdoor campaign. Ellie was eager to toe the line with her friends from around the country and focus on racing fast.

Unfortunately, Ellie picked up an illness bug on her travels to Seattle and that derailed her race. After leading most of the race and going through the mile in 4:53, Ellie made the decision to step off the track after getting dizzy and stumbling onto the rail. It was unlucky timing, but a prudent decision. Congrats to Dalia Frias and Irene Riggs who pushed to the finish and ran the two fastest 2 miles in HS history. Special thanks to the Brooks team, especially Julie and Jesse for making Ellie’s second trip to Seattle, including a trip to Brooks HQ, a great experience, despite not feeling her best.

Ellie turned the page and headed south to Eugene for Nike Outdoor Nationals at Hayward Field. After regaining her strength, Ellie was eager to put the Brooks PR race behind her. She decided to race the NON 2 mile on Saturday night and see how her fitness had rebounded. After an opening mile of 4:55, Ellie and Kate Peters created separation from the field and decided to race the second mile. Leading for more than seven laps, Ellie cruised to the finish in second place, running a swift 9:56.11, running an outdoor PR and lowering her own Massachusetts record. She passed the 3000m mark en route in 9:16, which broke Lesley Welch’s 41-year old state record of 9:27.1 by 10.36 seconds. Special thanks to the NSAF team for inviting Ellie to compete at Hayward Field.

Following a disappointing June in Ellie’s outdoor track season truncated by COVID, she returned to New England committed to regaining her health and, if possible, perhaps a return to racing in August to simulate a competition cycle for future summers. Looking to have a fun reentry into racing, Ellie traveled to Brooklyn to take on the Brooklyn Mile (road mile) on Sunday, August 7. Although this was Ellie’s debut at the Brooklyn Mile, she was ready to lace up and race in a pro field for the road mile. Spotting her competitors at least 7 years of age, Ellie went with the leaders and was rewarded with a fourth place finish in 4:41. Special thanks to the Trials of Miles team for the invite and a great race experience in Brooklyn!

Events

Events 7th 8th Fresh. Soph. Junior Senior HS PRS
800m (i)  2:21.85  2:27.16    2:08.59     2:08.59
800m (o)        2:12.30     2:12.30
1000m      2:59       2:59
1500m (i)    4:48.46    4:21.42     4:21.42
1500m (o) 4:43.39     4:14.35     4:14.35
Mile (i)          4:40.01     4:40.01
Mile (o)  5:17.90   5:20.5   4:43.73        4:43.73
Road Mile      4:45.42   4:41     4:41
3000m (i)      9:30.64  9:08.54     9:08.54
3000m (o)       9:16.74     9:16.74
2 Mile (i)       9:52.35     9:52.35
2 Mile (o)      10:10.49   9:56.11     9:56.11
5K (i)       15:49.47     15:49.47
5K (o)     16:10.42       16:10.42
5K XC Franklin Park       17:12     17:12
5K XC Van Cortlandt   18:43   17:55     17:55

Sub-5:05 Mile Performances

  5:02 - March 3, 2021
  5:02 - March 22, 2021
  5:03 - March 27, 2021
  4:51 - April 24, 2021
  4:57 - May 6, 2021
  4:45 - May 23, 2021
  4:43 - July 2, 2021
  4:48 - February 6, 2022
  4:40 - February 11, 2022
  4:41 - March 13, 2022
  4:43 - April 16, 2022

Awards & Recognition

  Sophomore
  National Sophomore Record, Girls Indoor 1500m
  National Sophomore Record, Girls Indoor Mile
  2022 New Balance Grand Prix Junior Girls Champion
  2022 Millrose Games New Balance Junior Girls Invitee
  2021 Eastbay Nationals Qualifier
  2021 Eastbay Northeast, 6th place
  2021 Mayor’s Cup, 3rd fastest HS Girl for Franklin Park 5K
   
  Freshman
  2021 Gatorade Massachusetts Girls Track and Field Runner of the Year
  Massachusetts State Record Holder, Girls Outdoor 2 Mile
  2021 NSAF Outdoor 5000m National Champion
  National Freshman Record 5000m, breaking Kim Gallagher's 42-year freshman class record of 16:34.7h in 1979
  Age 15 National 5000m age group record
  Hayward Field facility record 5000m
  #2 All-time Massachusetts 5000m
  #3 All-time New England 5000m
  #2 All-time at NSAF Outdoor Nationals 5000m
  #12 All-time High School Outdoor 5000m
  2021 Brooks PR, Girls Mile 5th place
  2021 Adidas Boost Boston Games, Girls Junior Mile 3rd place
   
  Middle School
  2020 Northeast Indoor Classic 1500m Champion
  Meet Record Holder-Northeast Indoor Classic 1500m
  Mayor's Cup Youth Race Record Holder
  2019 All-American USATF Cross Country Runner
  2019 Middle School State Champion 800m and 1500m
  2019 USATF New England 1500m Champion
  2019 Adrian Martinez Youth Mile Champion
  Middle School Cross Country 7th Grade Course Record Holder
  Middle School Cross Country 8th Grade Race Champion

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