Niwot (Colo.) senior runner Elise Cranny runs top 800 in nation

Niwot (Colo.) senior runner Elise Cranny runs top 800 in nation


Niwot (Colo.) senior runner Elise Cranny runs top 800 in nation


Niwot, Colo., senior Elise Cranny is known for winning back-to-back state cross country titles and setting the girls state record in the mile, but she showed again this past week she has plenty of speed in the 800 meters, finishing in 2 minutes, 4.81 seconds in the Mt. SAC Relays in Walnut, Calif. Competing against a field of elite runners, Cranny finished back in the pack but her time was the best in the country for a high school runner.

Her time came just a day after she won section 1 of the college/open women division in the 800 meters at Mt. SAC, with a time of 2:06.61.

VIDEO: Cranny sets state record in 1,600

Cranney, who is headed to Stanford next fall, leads the American Family Insurance ALL-USA Performances of the Week. The rest of the ALL-USA Performances:

Cody Anderson, baseball, Marysville-Pilchuck, Marysville, Wash.

Senior pitcher-first baseman threw a five-inning no-hitter in a 16-0 defeat of Everett on April 16 with nine strikeouts. Two days later on Friday, again vs. Everett, he had two doubles, two RBI and two runs scored in a 7-2 win.

MORE: American Family Insurance ALL-USA Homepage

Tena Barr, softball, Byron Center, Mich.

Sophomore pitcher, in her first start of the spring, threw a 12-strikeout perfect game in a 3-0 defeat of Hamilton on April 16, then in the second game of a double-header the same day, she threw three more innings of no-hit relief in a 6-2 win.

Colin Chell, lacrosse, Boys Latin, Baltimore

Senior attacker, who has signed with Ohio State, scored three goals, including the game-winner, in a 11-8 defeat of McDonogh (Owings Mills) on Tuesday.

VIDEO: Interview with Chell

Mahonry “Titi” Chichia, soccer, American Leadership Academy, Spanish Fork, Utah

Junior forward has 37 goals and 11 assists through his team’s first 13 games. He needs only three goals to break the state single-season goals record of 40, set by Jon Bailey of Springville in 1990.

Randall Cunningham Jr., Bishop Gorman, Las Vegas

Senior, who has signed with Southern California, won the boys invitational high jump Saturday at the Mt. SAC Relays in Walnut California, Calif., with a leap of 7 feet, 2 inches, tops among high school jumpers this season.

Desiree Freier, track and field, Northwest, Justin, Texas

Senior set a pending outdoor American Junior record with a pole vault of 14 feet, six inches Friday at the Class 5A 4/5 Area indoor meet in Coppell, Texas.

VIDEO: Freier vaults 14-31/4 in outdoor meet

Ta’Mara Richey, track and field, Federal Way, Ore.

Senior won the girls 100-meter dash, the long jump and the triple jump and was part of her team’s winning 400 relay team at the Oregon Relays in Eugene on Saturday.

VIDEO: Richey competing in triple jump

Jake Schutta, baseball, Central, Hampshire, Ill.

Senior left-hander threw a perfect game, striking out 13 battters, in a 9-0 defeat of Harvard on Monday.

MORE: Last week’s American Family Insurance ALL-USA Performances of the Week

Dani Slinder, softball, Chelsea, Mich.

Senior first baseman helped the Bulldogs sweep Bedford (Temperance), 8-3, 13-5 in a doubleheader on Thursday, going 6-for-8 on the day with three homers, including two grand slams and 14 RBI.


More USA TODAY High School Sports