Gracie Hyde

Jr/So | 5-7 | Distance | Jonesboro, Ark. | Benton HS/Central Arkansas

College

Competed at University of Central Arkansas in Conway, Arkansas … 2019 Southland Runner of the Year … Southland Conference Outdoor champion in 3,000m steeplechase and 5,000m … Academic All-American … Named UCA Freshman of the Year, and also earned freshman of the year honors in cross country and track … Set school records in steeplechase along with indoor and outdoor mile … Qualified for 2019 NCAA West preliminary rounds in steeplechase, posted a career best of 10:19.85 to place 9th in her heat and 29th overall … Sophomore cross country season, finished 8th in Southland and 39th in NCAA South Central region … At Southland Indoor meet, runner-up in 3,000 and placed eighth in 5,000 … As a freshman, placed 7th in 2018 Southland cross country, and 44th in NCAA South Central region … During 2019 Southland Indoor, fifth in 3,000 as well as eighth in 5,000 and distance medley … Outdoors in 2019, finished 10th in 3,000m steeplechase at Texas Relays, placed second at Mt. SAC Relays in collegiate division of steeplechase … Member of Exercise Science club and SAAC.

College best times: 4:43.02 (1500), 4:54.32 (mile), 9:47.64 (3,000m), 17:32.67 (5,000m), 10:19.85 (Steeple). Cross country: 17:58.3 (5k), 21:44.1 (6k)

High School

2018 Valedictorian graduate of Benton High School in Benton, Arkansas … Coached by Matt Ginther and Randy Shaw … Set school records in 800m, 1,600m, 3,200m and 4×800 relay … Totaled 10 State titles, and finished second five times, during high school career … Won 1,600 and 4×800 relay, while placing second in 800 and 3,200, as a senior at 2018 State 6A meet … Won 2,000m steeplechase at Kansas Relays in 7:18.30 … Indoors claimed State title in 3,200 … 2017 State 6A runner-up in cross country … As a junior, competing at Lonoke HS, claimed 2017 State 4A titles in 800 and 1,600, while placing second in 3,200 … Set PR of 7:13.87 to win 2k steeplechase at Volunteer Track Classic … Indoors captured three State titles in 800, 1600 and 3200, and finished third in 400 … Won 2016 State 4A cross country title … Sophomore season, with Brookland HS, claimed 2016 State 4A outdoor titles in 800 and 1,600, finished third at State indoor meet in 1,600 … Silver medalist in 1,500 at AAU Junior Olympics … Benton team placed second in 2018 State 6A meet while placing fifth in 2017 State 6A cross country … Lonoke finished fourth in 2017 State 4A meet … Also competed in basketball, starting two of the four years she played.

HS best times: 2:18.23 (800m), 4:52.97 (1500), 5:04.94 (1,600m), 5:00.83 (indoor mile), 5:06.01 (mile), 11:14.38 (3,200m), 7:13.87 (2k Steeple)

Personal

Gracie Danielle Hyde was born December 12, 1999 in Jonesboro, Arkansas … Daughter of Steve Hyde and Michelle Downs … Has three siblings, Dylan and Trace Hyde, and Ben Watson … Father competed in cross country, track and field at Arkansas State … Majoring in Kinesiology: Exercise Science … Career plans and ambition include becoming a collegiate track coach … Favorite athlete is Colleen Quigley, a NCAA champion and Olympic finalist in the 3,000m steeplechase, while the person she most admires is her dad … Likes to cook, hike, watch basketball and play with her dog … Chose Arkansas since she wanted to train with the best, and represent her home state.