Trinity’s Clay Shively sets Kansas state record in 5K

Trinity Academy's Clay Shively at the Olathe Twilight Meet
Trinity Academy's Clay Shively at the Olathe Twilight Meet(Courtesy Joni Atteberry)
Published: Sep. 11, 2023 at 1:50 PM CDT
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OLATHE, Kan. (Catch it Kansas) - Clay Shively, who in January entered the Kansas record books with the state’s fastest indoor mile, has again etched his name in state running history.

Competing at the Olathe Twilight cross country meet with his Trinity Academy teammates on Saturday, Shively clocked a time of 14:42.60 in the 5K, the fastest mark in Kansas history for the event. The mark also currently sits as the fastest in the country this XC season.

His Knight teammate Sam Ferguson was right behind him with the 6th fastest 5K in the state record books, while Emily Hein took 6th in the girls race with a time of 18:09.

Shively has had a decorated high school career thus far, setting a state track meet record in the 1600 in May while also winning the 800. Last October he won the 3A state cross country race by 15 seconds, and has been a part of back to back state championship teams for the Knights.

The senior is committed to run for XC powerhouse Northern Arizona collegiately next year.