Mary Knisely

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Mary Knisely (born Schilly on May 29, 1959) is a retired female middle distance runner from the United States. She set her personal best (8:42.84) in the women's 3000 metres on 13 July 1987 at a meet in Nice. Knisely is a two-time US national champion in the 3000 metres (1986 and 1987). She competed as a student at Concord High School.

In 2008, the Delaware Sports Museum and Hall of Fame inducted Knisely.


Mary enjoyed outstanding success as one of the world’s top distance runners. She competed at the U.S. Olympic Trials three times gold medalist in the 3000 meters at the 1987 Pan Am Games silver medalist in the World Cup 10,000m member of the 1985 and 1987 gold medal World Championship U.S. Cross Country teams IAAF Grand Prix placer (1986-3rd in 3K and 1987-2nd in 5K) national champion in the 3000m at the U.S. Outdoor Championships in 1986 and 1987 U.S. Masters Marathon National Champion in 2001. P.R.’s include 2:02(800m) 4:05(1500m), 8:41(3000m), 15:12(5000m), 32:19(10,000m), and 2:35:11(marathon). University Delaware Sports Hall of Fame, Delaware Sports Hall of Fame