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Sarah Riser

  • position Distances
  • class Senior
  • Hometown Naperville, Ill.
  • High school Neuqua Valley
  • position Distances
  • class Senior
  • Hometown Naperville, Ill.
  • High school Neuqua Valley

Sarah Riser Bio

Season and Career Results

Academic Honors

  • Capstone Scholar
  • 2019, 2020 SEC Academic Honor Roll
  • 2017-18 SEC First-Year Academic Honor Roll

Cross Country:
 Ran for the Gamecocks three times during the short season… Took 57th at the FSU Invite in a time of 19:51.0… Ran at the UAB Blazer Classic and SEC Championships, both 6K events.
Indoor: Ran in three races for Carolina … Took fourth in the 3,000 meters at the Gamecock Opener with a time of 11:18.97 … Ran her season-best time of 11:04.33 in the 3,000 meters at the South Carolina Invitational … Ran in one 5,000-meter race at the Carolina Challenge and took sixth with a time of 19:12.85.
Outdoor: Ran in four races … Ran her only 3,000 meters race at the USC Open and finished in 17th with a time of 10:51.90 … Clocked a season-best time of 18:23.89 in the 5,000 meters at the Charlotte Invitational … Took sixth in the 5,000 meters at the Gamecock Invitational with a time of 18:45.54 … Finished ninth in the 5,000 meters at Weems Baskin with a time of 18:52.10 … Dropped her 5,000 meters time by nearly 30 seconds from the start of the season to the end of the season.

2020 Track

Indoors: Ran three times for the Gamecocks during the indoor season… Competed in the 3000m and the 5000m… Ran a PR in the 3000m at the USC Indoor Open in a time of 10:54.33.

Outdoors: Cancelled.

2019 Track

Indoors: Ran three times… opened her season in the 3000m, running 11:03.29 to finish 23rd at the Gamecock Inaugural… participated in the 5000m at the Carolina Challenge, placing second with a time of 18:58.61… ran the 3K for a second time at the USC Indoor Open, finishing 27th with a time of 11:07.08

Outdoors: Saw action in three meets… finished third in the 5000m at the Buccaneer Invitational, running 19:03.82… came in 10th in the 5000m at the Gamecock Invitational with a time of 19:21.79… ended her season with a seventh-place finish in the 3000m, running 10:51.26 at the USC Outdoor Open.

2018 Cross Country

Ran at one meet, helping the Gamecocks win the team title at the Charleston Classic… finished 34th individually with a mark of 21:00.7.

2018 Track

Did not compete.

2017 Cross Country

Took part in five meets as a first-year member of the squad… Helped Carolina win the team title in her debut meet, running 19:38.8 to finish 24th at the Carolina Challenge… Took 30th in the Open Division at the Joe Piane Invitational with a top 5K time of 19:38.8… Added a fourth-place finish at the Koala Classic to help Carolina win another team title… Ran 23:30.4 at the Crimson Classic, her top 6K time.

High School

Ran for Neuqua Valley High… Ran in the Illinois High School Association Cross Country State Championships as a senior, posting a time of 18:43… In her 3A Regional performance during her senior year, tallied a top time of 18:31.13… Competed in the 2016 Nike Cross Country Midwest Regionals, posting a 5K time of 20:02.5 … Finished eighth indoors and fifth outdoors in the Dupage Valley Conference Championships at 3200m during her senior year… Earned the Indian Prairie Scholar honor as well as academic excellence awards in mathematics, technological design, American history, functions and architectural design… Previously attended Northern Collegiate Institute and Vocational School in the Canadian province of Ontario… Posted a personal-best 4K cross country time of 16.38.8 in the Pre-Ontario Federation of School Athletic Associations meet as a sophomore… In track, she ran the 1500m and 3000m outdoors in 2016 as a junior, posting times of 4:55.59 in the shorter and 10:39.34, finishing second in the longer in the South Western Ontario Secondary School Athletic Association… Also gained the Northern Collegiate Stage 2 Athletic Award at her previous high school.


The daughter of Ben and Allison Riser… Father Ben ran cross country at Louisiana Tech as a freshman… Has one brother, David… Chose South Carolina over Illinois, Louisiana Tech, Clemson, Texas A&M and Purdue… Majoring in civil engineering.