Ryann Krais

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Ryann Krais Hierholzer
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Ryann Krais
Personal information
Full name Ryann Krais Hierholzer
Born (1990-03-21) March 21, 1990 (age 27)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Residence Phoenix, Arizona
Height 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Website https://altis.world/athletes/ryann-krais-hierholzer/
Country  United States
Sport Athletics
Event(s) Heptathlon
Club ALTIS World
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s)
  • 200 m: 24.41
    (Des Moines, June 2011)
  • 800 m: 2:08.96
    (Eugene, June 2011)
  • 100 m hurdles: 13.50
    (Columbia, April 2008)
  • 400 m hurdles: 55.68
    (Des Moines, June 2011)
  • High jump: 1.78
    (Des Moines, June 2011)
  • Long jump: 5.99
    (Eugene, June 2011)
  • Shot put: 12.21
    (Eugene, June 2011)
  • Javelin: 40.75
    (Marburg, August 2010)
  • Heptathlon: 6030
    (Eugene, June 2011)

Ryann Krais (born March 21, 1990) is an American athlete. She is a gold and bronze medalist from the 2007 World Youth Championships.


Ryann Krais was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on March 21, 1990, the daughter of John and Janelle Krais. Her father is an engineer and her mother is a Lutheran pastor. She has two siblings, one brother (J.J. Krais) and one sister (Julie Krais). She is a 2008 graduate of Methacton High School in Norristown, Pennsylvania where she was a nine-time outdoor state champion and a five-time indoor state champion.[1] Krais graduated from Kansas State University in 2012.[2]


Ryann finished 12th 2014 USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships scoring 5549 points.[3]

Krais finished 4th 2013 USATF Senior Women's Heptathlon scoring 5957 points.[4][5][6]

Krais finished 7th in the 2012 Olympic Trials.[7][8]

Krais is the 2011 NCAA champion in the Heptathlon, and also placed third in the 400 hurdles. She is a seven-time collegiate All-American, and four-time conference champion. At the 2011 USA Outdoor Track & Field Championships, Krais finished second in the heptathlon with a points total of 6030, finishing behind Sharon Day. She has also been recognized for her academic accomplishments as well.

Krais is a two time US Junior champion in the Heptathlon (2008 and 2009).

At the 2009 Pan American Junior Athletics Championships, Krais won a silver medal in the heptathlon, finishing behind Vanessa Spinola of Brazil.[9]

A year later, at the 2008 World Junior Championships in Athletics in Bydgoszcz, Krais placed 9th in the heptathlon with 5457 points.[10] Krais then went on to compete at the 2008 Olympic Trials in the 400 m hurdles. However, she did not advance past the heats.[11]

At the 2007 World Youth Championships in Athletics in Ostrava, Krais combined with Chalonda Goodman, Ashton Purvis, and Erica Alexander to win gold ahead of Jamaica and Canada in the medley relay.[12][13] She also won a bronze medal in the 400 m hurdles.[14]


  1. ^ "Heptathlete Krais is following in Jackie Joyner-Kersee's path". Sports Illustrated. April 24, 2008. Archived from the original on October 1, 2010. Retrieved October 1, 2010. 
  2. ^ Cooper, Martin (August 12, 2010). "Re-energized Krais transfers to Kansas St.". The Mercury. Archived from the original on October 1, 2010. Retrieved October 1, 2010. 
  3. ^ http://www.usatf.org/Events---Calendar/2014/USATF-Outdoor-Championships/Complete-Results.aspx
  4. ^ http://www.usatf.org/Events---Calendar/2013/USATFCS/Events/USA-Outdoor-Track---Field-Championships/Results---Full.aspx
  5. ^ http://www.runnerspace.com/video.php?video_id=94086-Ryann-Krais-4th-Women-039-s-Heptathlon-5957-Pts-USA-Track-and-Field-Championships-2013
  6. ^ http://www.all-athletics.com/node/161121
  7. ^ http://www.usatf.org/Athlete-Bios/Archive-Bios/Ryann-Krais.aspx
  8. ^ http://www.imageofsport.com/search/keywords/Ryann%20Krais
  9. ^ "Krais Earns Silver Medal In Heptathlon At PanAm Junior Championships". Uclabruins.com. August 3, 2009. Archived from the original on October 1, 2010. Retrieved October 1, 2010. 
  10. ^ "12th IAAF World Junior Championships: Women's heptathlon" (PDF). IAAF. Retrieved October 1, 2010. 
  11. ^ "Friday- Tough Day for Preps - Except Roesler". DyeStat. Archived from the original on October 1, 2010. Retrieved October 1, 2010. 
  12. ^ http://www.iaaf.org/athletes/united-states/ryann-krais-219374#honours
  13. ^ "5th IAAF World Youth Championships: Women's medley relay (final)" (PDF). IAAF. Retrieved October 1, 2010. 
  14. ^ "5th IAAF World Youth Championships: Women's 400 m hurdles (final)" (PDF). IAAF. Retrieved October 1, 2010. 

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