#1 Raevyn Rogers (Oregon '17)
#16 Neely Spence-Gracey (Shippensburg '11)
Raevyn Rogers won six NCAA titles and earned nine All-American honors during her time at Oregon. She won the 800 meter national title at the outdoor national meet three years in a row (2015-2017) and was a member of the Ducks’ 4x400 relay in 2017 which also won a national title. She won two titles in the indoor 800 meters in 2016 and 2017 as well.
Rogers has the NCAA #7 all-time 800 meters mark in the collegiate record book with her collegiate best of 1:59.10. Rogers was an incredible 800 meter runner with consistent greatness at the championship level.
Neely Spence-Gracey was an eight-time national champion and (officially) holds the Division Two records in the indoor and outdoor 5k. She won back-to-back cross country titles in 2010 and 2011, a national title in the indoor 5k once, national titles in the outdoor 5k three times, and national titles in the DMR twice. Spence-Gracey also earned two additional All-American honors with runner-up finishes in the 2011 (indoor 5k) and 2010 (DMR). She ended her collegiate career with PR’s of 9:10 (3k) and 15:33 (5k), making her one of the greatest long distance runners in D2 history.
#8 Phoebe Wright (Tennessee ‘10)
#9 Amy Yoder-Begley (Arkansas ‘01)
Phoebe Wright is one of the best 800 meter runners in NCAA history. Wright is listed at #5 on the NCAA all-time indoor record list with her PR of 2:01.57 and holds the best all-time 800 meter mark with a 1:58.22 in the summer after graduation (her best in-season performance was 2:00.87). Wright’s senior season brought two NCAA Championships as she swept the indoor and outdoor titles at 800 meters. In previous seasons, Wright had placed 6th and 5th in the outdoor 800 meters (2008 and 2009, respectively). Potentially Wright’s biggest accomplishment was on the Tennessee DMR that set a world best, collegiate record and NCAA Championship meet record in 10:50.98 in 2009. That record has since been pushed to #2 all-time.
Amy Yoder-Begley was a 15-time All-American during her collegiate career at the University of Arkansas, one of the highest numbers of any collegiate athlete. Yoder secured her first national title at the 2000 Indoor National Championships in the 5000 meters which she won in 15:46. Her second national title came in her final championship meet at the 2001 outdoor national meet in the 10k. Yoder-Begley also had a number of other podium finishes with a 2nd place finish in the 5k and a 3rd place finish in the 10k at the 2000 Outdoor National Championships. A full list of Yoder-Begley’s collegiate PR’s were unavailable upon research.
#5 Jordan Hasay (Oregon ‘13)
#12 Jazmine Fray (Texas A&M '19)
One of Oregon's greatest stars, Jordan Hasay proved to be a juggernaught talent in the NCAA. Between all three seasons of competition, Hasay racked up an unbelievable total of 15 All-American honors (according to TFRRS). She never placed worse than 8th at any national meet she contested, making her an automatic top eight finisher every time she stepped on the track.
Hasay has "only" two titles, but they both came at the 2011 NCAA Indoor Championships when she pulled off an incredible triple. At that meet, Hasay won both the mile and 3000 meters while also anchoring Oregon's DMR to runner-up finish. That would be one of many times where Hasay would double or triple at a national meet (and still come out with a top eight finish).
Hasay left the NCAA with collegiate personal bests of 4:10 (1500), 4:33 (mile), 8:57 (3k), 15:37 (5k) and 32:06 (10k).
Texas A&M has been known for their excellence in producing elite middle distance talents and Jazmine Fray is their most recent success story. The former Aggie was an indoor national qualifier in first season of collegiate competition. She later went on to have a breakout sophomore year where broke the collegiate 800 meter indoor record by running 2:00.69 and later finishing 4th at the Indoor National Championships.
A handful of All-American performances later, Fray would eventually reemerge to the top of the NCAA middle distance ranks. The Texas A&M star would finally win the outdoor national title in her senior season.
#4 Emily Sisson (Wisconsin / Providence ‘15)
#13 Missy Buttry (Wartburg ‘05)
Emily Sisson, who transferred from Wisconsin to Providence after her freshman year, found some great success under coach Ray Treacy. She earned two NCAA titles, sweeping the indoor and outdoor 5k titles in 2015, as well as also holding the NCAA 5k indoor record with a blazing 15:12.22. With a total of 12 All-American honors through her collegiate career - three of which were in cross country - Sisson made a great name for herself with track PR’s of 4:38 (mile), 8:52 (3k), 15:12 (5k) and 31:38 (10k). Her indoor 3k sits at NCAA #1 all-time in D1, while her 10k sits at NCAA #4 all-time.
Missy Buttry from Wartburg College is one of the best D3 runners ever. She won an astounding 14 national titles, including three straight in cross country from 2002 to 2004. Looking at the all-time lists for D3, you see Buttry again and again. She holds the D3 all-time records in the indoor mile, indoor 3k, and outdoor 5k, while ranking at NCAA #6 all-time in the outdoor 1500 meters. What’s most impressive is that Buttry is the only woman in D3 history to run under 16 minutes for 5k, destroying that barrier by running 15:37.
#6 Allie Ostrander (Boise State ‘19)
#11 Nachelle Mackie (BYU ‘12)
Allie Ostrander is arguably the greatest NCAA steeplechaser of the “modern era”, maybe even ever. The Boise State graduate competed in the event at NCAA's in all three of her outdoor seasons, claiming the national title each time. The only season she did not win was her freshman season in which she was redshirting. Ostrander placed runner-up to newly minted Olympian Molly Seidel in her freshman season of cross country at the National Championships and would go on to finish 4th and 6th later in her career. Despite redshirting a season of cross country and outdoor track (and no fifth year), Ostrander racked up 12 All-American honors while at Boise State.
While BYU is historically known as a “distance” powerhouse, Nachelle Mackie made herself known as one of the top athletes in the 800 meter runners in the country from 2009 to 2012. It took Mackie until 2012 to cement her legacy at BYU by claiming both the indoor and outdoor national titles in the 800 meters that year. During her four years at BYU, Mackie earned All-American honors four times between the 800 meters and the DMR. Her final race for BYU was also her personal best in the 800, running a time of 2:01.6 at the National Championships that spring.
#3 Molly Seidel (Notre Dame ‘17)
#14 Ednah Kurgat (Liberty / New Mexico ‘19)
Molly Seidel of Notre Dame took home four NCAA Championships upon finishing her collegiate career, including the 10k in 2015, a cross country national title in 2015, and the 3k/5k indoor national titles in 2016. Additionally, she earned two more All-American finishes, one in cross country (2014) and one in the indoor 5k (2015). Her 15:15 5k PR also stacks up as the NCAA #6 all-time fastest mark. The new Olympian ended her NCAA career with collegiate PR’s of 4:18 (1500), 8:57 (3k) and 33:18 (10k).
Ednah Kurgat, who transferred from Liberty to New Mexico, was a consistent high-level performer through her time in the NCAA. She was a four-time All-American in cross country, including a national champion in 2017, as well as a six-time All-American on the track. Her impressive indoor 5k PR of 15:14 sits at NCAA #5 on the all-time list. Kurgat boasts PR’s of 4:41 (mile), 8:57 (3k) and 32:12 (10k).
#7 Jessica Tebo (née Pixler) (Seattle Pacific / Colorado ‘12)
#10 Lena Nilsson (UCLA ‘13)
Jessica Tebo, formerly Jessica Pixler, ended her career at Seattle Pacific as one of D2’s best ever, taking home nine national titles. She won D2’s 2007, 2008, and 2009 Cross Country National Championships along with an additional six titles on the track, including three straight mile titles indoor (2007-2009), an indoor 5k title (2008) and two outdoor 1500 titles (2007 and 2009).
On the record lists, Tebo ranks at NCAA #5 in the D2 mile (4:40.39), NCAA #9 in the D2 indoor 5k (16:22), NCAA #1 in the outdoor 1500 (4:11.06) and NCAA #5 in the outdoor 5k (15:44.07). After Seattle Pacific, she attended Colorado for graduate school and ended up taking 3rd in the 5000 meters at the 2012 Outdoor National Championships to add to her terrific resume.
UCLA's Lena Nilsson was a prevalent middle distance name back in the earlier part of the 2000’s, taking home three national titles in her time as a Bruin. She won the outdoor 1500 meter national title in 2002, the outdoor 800 meter title in 2003 and was part of a title-winning DMR team in 2002. In addition, she ranks at NCAA #9 on the all-time list in the 1500 meters, running an outstanding 4:07.69 back in 2003. She also took home runner-up finishes in the mile (2002) and 1500 (2003), as well as earning an All-American finish in cross country in 2002 (placing 17th).
#2 Dani Jones (Colorado ‘20)
#15 Emily Infeld (Georgetown ‘12)
Dani Jones of Colorado has had a terrific career in the NCAA, which unfortunately was cut short by COVID-19 meet cancellations. Even so, she won four NCAA titles in her time as a Buffalo, including the indoor 3k (2017), DMR (2017), cross country (2018) and the outdoor 5k (2019). She earned five additional All-American honors, ranks NCAA #6 all-time in the indoor mile and ranks NCAA #9 all-time in the indoor 5k. Her versatility across all distances served her quite well, bringing her outstanding personal bests of 2:04.35 (indoor 800 at altitude), 4:10.11 (1500), 4:27.88 (mile), 9:02.22 (3k) and 15:17.11 (indoor 5k).
In a similar vein to Jones, Emily Infeld of Georgetown displayed versatility across numerous distance events. A 10-time All-American for the Hoyas, Infeld showed prowess from the 1500 meters all the way up to 6k in cross country. Her accolades included a national title in the 3k (2012) as well as runner-up finishes in cross country (2010), the outdoor 5k (2011), and the 1500 meters (2012), with many more All-American honors included. Her personal bests were 2:06.40 (800), 4:11.73 (1500), 9:00.13 (3k) and 15:34.26 (5k).