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Grace Ping(born July 2003) is an American runner. As a seventh grader in 2016, she "took down" a large field of female high school runners in a Minnesota Cross country running|cross-country invitational meet.
As a seventh grader, she was allowed to compete for Cotter High School, in Winona, Minnesota. She set world records for 12-year-old girls in the 5,000 meters and two mile distances in 2016. As a 12 year old, she finished second behind 19-year-old Weini Kelati in the girls' 5,000 meters at the New Balance High School Nationals in Greensboro, North Carolina.
In 2016 her family moved to Utah, where, as an 8th-grader, she was not going to be allowed to compete in high school competitions. According to her father, Ryan Ping, she was expected nonetheless to compete in “significant indoor and outdoor meets this coming spring.” Indeed in June 2017 she set a world record for 13-year-old girls in the 5,000, again breaking 16:30. This beat a record that had been set by Jordan Hasay, who later became a professional runner. In total she set "six age-group world records between the 2-mile and 5K distances between the ages of 11 and 13."
By 2019, her family had moved to Arizona, and she and her younger sister Lauren, as a high school freshman, were regularly placing 1st and 2nd in high school races in Arizona, at ages 16 and 14. They were students at Desert Vista High School.
Having an injury during the 2019 season, she placed 30th in the Foot Locker Cross Country Championship race in San Diego in December 2019.
According to MileSplitUSA, she has committed to attend Oklahoma State University after she will graduate from high school in 2021.
In the media
- Alison Wade (June 23, 2016). "Amazing Grace: 12-Year-Old Sets Two World Records". Runners World.
- "Grace Ping, 7th Grader, Takes Down ENTIRE Roy Griak High School Field". Youtube. September 15, 2016. Note: By October 25, 2020, the video had achieved more than 5.4 million views according to Youtube's webpage for the video.
- "Report: Grace Ping, family moving to Utah". Winona Daily News. August 12, 2016.
- Tim Huebsch (June 12, 2017). "13-year-old Grace Ping runs 16:26 for 5K against pros". Canadian Running.
- Cory Mull (December 30, 2020). "Grace Ping's Commitment To OK State Solidifies Next Step". MileSplitAZ. Retrieved October 25, 2020.
- Dana Scott. "Desert Vista cross-country phenoms were born to run". The Arizona Republic.
- Robert Obert (December 14, 2019). "Desert Vista's Grace Ping finishes 30th at Foot Locker National Cross Country championships in San Diego". The Arizona Republic.