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Kate Penney
Other Position: Indoor: Senior - Outdoor: Senior
Height: 5'6"
Year: Senior
Hometown: Phoenix, Ariz.
High School: Xavier College Prep
Penney Photos

2012, 2013 Pac-12 All-Academic Honorable Mention (Cross Country)

2013, 2014 MPSF All-Academic

2014 Pac-12 All-Academic Second-team (Track)

2014 USTFCCCA Academic All-American

2014 Pac-12 All-Academic Second-team (Cross Country)

2015 Pac-12 All-Academic Second-team

Personal Best Marks


800-meter race – 2:11.56 (Cherry & Silver Invite 1/25/14)

Mile – 4:48.20 (MPSF Championships 2/28/15)

3K – 10:19.94 (Armory Track Invite 1/31/15)


800-meter race – 2:10.38 (Jim Click Shootout 4/12/14)

1,500-meter race – 4:20.32 (Pepsi Oregon Dual 4/5/14)

5K- 17:39.57 (Willie Williams Classic 3/21/14)


2015: Indoors, set a new personal best in the mile run at the MPSF Championships by clocking a time of 4:48.20, good for 12th place … Took ninth place at the Armory Track Invite in the mile run with a time of 4:58.70 … Outdoors, took third place at the 800-meter run at the Willie Williams Classic with a season best time of 2:13.34 … Set a season best time in the 1,500-meter race with a time of 4:24.58 at the ASU Invitational, good for third place … Competed at the NCAA West Preliminaries in the 1,500-meter run and clocked a time of 5:03.19 … Finished in fourth place overall in the 5K at the Willie Williams Classic with a time of 18:24.80.

2014 (XC): Penney took fourth place at the George Kyte Classic with a three-mile time of 15:21.0 … Earned another fourth place finish at the Dave Murray Invitational with a time of 17:32 in the three-mile race … Took tenth place at the ASU Invite by clocking a three-mile time of 18:43.60.

2014: Indoors, Penney clocked a personal-best time of 2:11.56 in the 800-meter race at the Cherry & Silver Invitational, finishing in second place overall … Penney just missed scoring for the Wildcat women at the MPSF Championships, taking ninth place in the mile with a time of 4:51.63 … She was a member of the school-record team for the distance medley relay as well … The quartet of Penney, Romero, Bellino and Larsson clocked a time of 11:20.11 and finished in second place overall at the MPSF Championships … Outdoors, Penney’s personal-best time of 2:10.38 in the 800-meter race came at the Jim Click Shootout and was good for fourth place … Against her sister at the Pepsi Oregon Dual, Penney clocked a personal-best time of 4:20.32 in the 1,500 meters but finished just behind her sister and took second place … Penney made it to the final of the 1,500-meter race at the Pac-12 Championships and the NCAA West Preliminaries but she was unable to finish those races due to health issues.

2013 (XC): Penney ran at the Dave Murray Invitational and took 11th place in the three-mile race with a time of 17:48.07 … She also ran at the Roy Griak Invitational and took 155th place overall with a time of 23:05 in the 6K race … She missed the rest of the season due to injury.

2013: Indoors, Penney ran the mile in a personal-best time of 4:50.57 at the Husky Classic … She also ran the mile at the MPSF Championships and took 11th place with a time of 4:51.28 … Outdoors, Penney had a huge breakthrough towards the end of the season … Penney ran the 1,500-meter race in 4:36.68 at the UA-ASU-NAU Double Dual, around 19 seconds faster than her previous personal best … Following that, she ran in the preliminary round of the event at the Pac-12 Championships and dropped her personal best again, this time running 4:23.33 and advancing to the final … Penney’s personal-best time 4:21.33 came in the final at the Pac-12 Championships and was good for ninth place … She qualified for the NCAA West Preliminaries where she made it to the quarterfinal of the event … In that quarterfinal, Penney clocked a time of 4:33.67 and took 22nd place.

2012 (XC): Penney ran at the George Kyte Classic and took 26th place overall and sixth among UA runners with a time of 18:56.9 in the 5K … At the Dave Murray Invitational, 18:43 was Penney’s time for the three-mile race where she took 10th place overall and 10th among UA runners … In Penney’s third and final race of the season, she ran 18:20.2 at the Grand Canyon Invitational and took second place overall in the 5K and was the second Wildcat to cross the finish line.

2012: Indoors, competed at the NAU Open, finishing in first place with a time of 5:18.8 in the mile … She redshirted the outdoor season.

2011 (XC): She finished in 21st place in the 5,000-meter race at the George Kyte Classic, clocking a time of 18:56.1 … Ran three miles in 18:19 at the Dave Murray Invitational, good for 16th place … At the Grand Canyon Invitational, Penney clocked a time of 18:39.6, good for fifth place in the 5,000-meter race.

HIGH SCHOOL: A graduate of Xavier College Prep, she was the team captain her senior year … Four-time Arizona 5A-I All-State and All-Fiesta Region … A member of the Arizona 5A-I State Championship cross country team all four years … National Honor Society member.

PERSONAL: She is the daughter of Jeff and Beth Penney.