Kayla O'Shea
Kayla O'Shea
Year: Sr.
Hometown: Marietta, GA
High School: Lassiter

Senior (2018):
Selected as Emory's Most Improved Runner Award recipient after a consistent year that saw her score in six of seven competitions ... Team's No. 2 finisher in the last three meets including the NCAA D-III Championships where she tied her personal-best 6K time of 22:33 ... Claimed all-region kudos for the second straight campaign after ranking 13th out of 237 runners with a mark of 23:16 at the NCAA South/Southeast Championships, helping the Eagles to a first-place finish ... Part of a strong team effort at Pre-Nationals, crossing the finish line third among the Emory pack and 54th overall out of 353 runners with a time of 23:12 ... Third on the team and 10th out of 163 competitors at the 5K JSU Foothills Invitational (19:20) ... 23:00 at the UAA Championships represented her second-best 6K showing of the season and fouth best in her career ... Member of the USTFCCCA All-Academic Team.

Junior (2017):
Enjoyed a fine season and was the recipient of the programs' Coaches' Award, symbolic of dedication, leadership and inspiration ... Scored in four of her seven competitions ... Established a pair of personal bests during the season, including an effort of 22:33 that ranked 22nd overall (fourth on the team) out of 240 runners and that enabled her to claim all-region accolades at the NCAA South/Southeast Championships ... Eagles' No. 2 finisher at the UAA Championships (24:55), and was fourth among the pack at nationals with a showing a 22:56, with that time her second-best career effort ... Registered a 23:45, good for 44th place out of 163 entries at the Furman Classic ... Third on the team and 95th out of 332 at the Cowbell Classic (Pre-Nationals) with a time of 23:48 ... 18th in the 136-runner field at the 5K North Georgia Invitational (19:58). 

Sophomore (2016):
Took part in four meets ... Turned in a personal-best 6k time of 24:09 at the Furman Classic that ranked 35th overall out of 156 runners ... Posted a 24:15 at the Greater Louisville Classic ... Crossed the finish line in the No. 38 position in the 177-runner field at the Berry Invitational with a mark of 24:48.

Freshman (2015):
Ran in the team's first five meets of the season ... Season-best 6K time of 25:03 came at the Furman Classic and ranked 61st out of 207 runners ... Posted an effort of 25:27 at the Charlotte Invitational, which represented her second-best 6K showing of the season ... Other 6K race was the Berry Invitational where she clocked a 25:48 ... Best 5K performance was a 20:23 at the JSU Foothills Invitational ... Also competed at the 5K Emory-Berry Watermelon Run (21:17).

High School
Earned four varsity letters in track and one in cross country while at Lassiter High School ... Was coached by Scott Freed ... Posted a 5K time of 20:07 and a 1,600 meters effort of 5:36 ... Ran sprints during the early years of her high school career ... Served as her track team's distance captain her senior year ... Named Lassiter's Most Valuable Sprinter in 2013 ... Earned Most Valuable Distance Runner honors her final year ... Also competed on the gymnastics team and was a diver. 

Daughter of William and Teresa O'Shea ... Majors in nursing.

"I chose Emory because everyone here is so friendly and I love the sense of community." 

Kayla O'Shea's Top 6K Times


Year Event Time
2018 NCAA Championships 22:33
2017 NCAA Regionals 22:33
2017 NCAA Championships 22:56
2018 UAA Championships 23:00
2018 Pre-Nationals 23:12