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Kelsey Larkin

  • position Middle Distances
  • class Freshman
  • Hometown Ramsey, N.J.
  • High school Ramsey
  • position Middle Distances
  • class Freshman
  • Hometown Ramsey, N.J.
  • High school Ramsey

Kelsey Larkin Bio

Academic Honors

  • Capstone Scholar
  • Honors College
  • 2018, 2019, 2020 SEC Academic Honor Roll
  • 2016-17 SEC First-Year Academic Honor Roll

2020 Track

Indoors: Competed in five meets for the Gamecocks, primarily running in distance events… Ran a new PR at the Gamecock Opener in the 3000m, finishing in seventh in a time of 10:18.20… Competed at the SEC Championships in the 3000m… Ran the Mile Run and the 800m once during the season, finishing in 22nd and 23rd, respectively.

Outdoors: Cancelled.

2019 Cross Country

Ran in seven meets for the Gamecocks… Ran a 5K PR at the Adidas XC Challenge, running in a time of 18:25.0 to finish in 26th… Competed at the SEC Championships and the NCAA Southeast Regional… Ran her best 6K time at the SEC Championships in a time of 22:39.20 on a shortened track.

2019 Track

Indoors: Took part in five meets indoors… placed 10th at the Orange & Purple Elite, running 3:08.64… ran the mile twice, finishing seventh at the Gamecock Inaugural with a personal best of 5:11.14 and 34th at the Tiger Paw Invitational… ran 3000m three times, including an eighth-place result at the USC Indoor Open with a new PR, 10:21.17.

Outdoors: Transitioned to the steeplechase as a junior with great success… ran the 2000m steeplechase at the Black & Gold Challenge, placing third with a time of 7:13.50… ran the 3000m steeplechase four times… finished 25th in her first 3K steeplechase, running 11:15.98… won the steeplechase at the Gamecock Invitational in 11:31.00… finished 32nd at Penn Relays with a time of 11:31.00… placed 19th at the SEC Championships, with a new PR of 11:14.38, third-best in South Carolina history… also competed in the 1500m, 3000m and 5000m, including a 1500 victory at the Buccaneer Invitational.

2018 Cross Country

Competed five times for the Gamecocks, including appearances at the SEC Championship and NCAA Southeast Regional… finished 20th at the Carolina Challenge with a mark of 18:56.9… came in 51st at the Joe Piane Invitational, posting a mark of 18:41.5… led the Gamecocks to a team title at the Charleston Classic, placing eighth with a time of 19:09.3… came in 89th at the SEC meet and 166th at the NCAA Regional meet… ran 22:44.2 at the 6K distance at regionals.

2018 Track

Indoors: Competed four times in the 800m… finished fifth at the Navy Winter Invitational… ran a PR at the Darius Dixon Memorial Invitational, a mark of 2:19.01.

Outdoors: Ran the 800m three times… set a new PR and finished eighth at the USC Open with a mark of 2:21.60.

2017 Cross Country

Finished fifth in her only meet of the season, running 20:49.1 to lead the Gamecocks to a team title at the Koala Classic.

2017 Track

Indoors: Ran the 500m at the Clemson Invitational, finishing seventh in 1:20.54 … Participated in the 600m at the Tiger Paw Invitational, with a time of 1:41.30 for sixth place.

Outdoors: Ran the 800m twice, finishing 17th both times … Crossed the line in a season-best 2:25.34 at the Gamecock Invitational… Ran a 2:21.08 at the Weems Baskin Invitational.

2016 Cross Country

Ran once, finishing seventh overall in the two-mile Gamecock Invitational with a time of 12:59.65.

High School

A hurdler and middle-distance runner at Ramsey HS … Finished fourth in the 2016 New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association Sectional Championships in the 55m hurdles with a personal-best time of 9:04 … Mostly ran the 400m hurdles outdoors, finishing 24th at the 2016 New Balance Nationals … Clocked her best time of 1:02.31 in the event in the Bergen County Meet of Champions … The runner-up at the 2016 Bergen County Indoor Championships 600-meter run with a time of 1:35.90 … Twice a top-10 finisher in the NJSIAA Outdoor Group 800-meter run in 2015 and 2016 … Ranked second in the NJSIAA Indoor Group 800m as a senior, one spot better than her junior-year finish … Helped her team finish seventh in the 4x800m relay at the 2016 N.J. State Meet of Champions … Also played soccer, serving as the team captain.


The daughter of Tim and Lucy Larkin … Has an older brother Justin who plays ice hockey at Marist College … Majoring in biological sciences.

Indoor Personal Records


1:20.54 (1/14/17 Clemson Invitational)


1:41.30 (2/11/17 Tiger Paw Invitational)


2:19.01 (2/3/18 Darius Dixon Memorial Invitational)


3:08.64 (1/11/19 (Orange & Purple Elite)

Mile Run

5:11.14 (Carolina Challenge 1/31/2020)


10:18.20 (1/17/2020 Gamecock Opener)

Outdoor Personal Records


2:21.60 (4/21/18 USC Open)


4:54.04 (3/23/19 Buccaneer Invitational)


10:36.00 (4/20/19 USC Outdoor Open)

2000m Steeplechase

7:13.50 (3/15/19 Black & Gold Challenge)

3000m Steeplechase

11:14.38 (5/10/19 SEC Championships)

Cross Country Personal Records


12:59.65 (10/4/16 Gamecock Invitational)


18:25.0 (9/20/19 Adidas XC Challenge)


22:44.2 (11/9/18 NCAA Southeast Regional)