Bryn Morley Places Third at USA Junior Outdoor Championships

Soon-to-be-freshman keeps up with nation's fastest prep runners

By Dillon Tabish

Bryn Morley, the younger sister of Bigfork standout Makena Morley, made quite the splash last weekend at the USA Track and Field Junior Outdoor Championships in Eugene, Oregon.

The soon-to-be high school freshman held her own against two of the all-time great prep distance runners, placing third in the 1,500 race behind Alexa Efraimson of Camas, Washington, and Elise Cranny of Niwot, Colorado.

Morley ran 4 minutes, 26.34 seconds in the finals. She ran 4:36.23 the previous day in the qualifying round.

The USATF meet featured many of the top young runners in the nation.

Efraimson won the 1,500 in 4:16.87, which was slower than her personal record of 4:07.05, the second fastest mark all-time for high school girls. Cranny was second in 4:17.40, also slower than her PR of 4:10.95, the third fastest time on record. Nike pro Mary Cain holds the all-time fastest 1,500 of 4:04.62, which she set a year ago. She didn’t run the 1,500 last weekend but won the 3,000. Efraimson will be a high school senior in the fall and Cranny will compete at Stanford University.

Morley will begin her high school career next month in Bigfork.

Click here to watch a video interview with Bryn.


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