Shannon Osika

Birthday: 06/15/93 Mile PR: 4:22.20 (road) - 2021
Metric Mile (1500m) PR: 4:00.73 - 2021
High School: Mott High School (MI) '12
Hometown: Waterford, MI
College: University of Michigan '16
Current Residence: Ann Arbor, MI

Shannon Osika anchored the Union Athletics Club Distance Medley Relay team (1200-400-800-1600) to an indoor world record of 10:39.91, running 4:28.33 for 1600 meters at the Lilac Grand Prix in Spokane, WA on February 11, 2022.

In 2021, she finished runner-up at the USATF 1 Mile Road Championships hosted by the Grand Blue Mile, clocking 4:31.3, and in May, Osika finished third in the 1500m at the USATF Golden Games at Mt. SAC, setting a personal record of 4:00.73. In late June, she finished 4th in the U.S. Olympic Trials in 4:02.18, and in July, runner-up at the Fleet Feet Liberty Mile (4:30) and the Guardian Mile (4:23). Shannon closed her season with a third place at the 5th Avenue Mile (4:24).

She won the 2019 Guardian Mile, clocking 4:28, the fastest Mile run in Ohio by a woman, and the True Blue Elite athlete has also recorded three 1500 meter personal records last year.

In July 2018, Shannon won the GNC Live Well Liberty Mile, breaking the tape in 4:34, her first BBTM GP Tour win, and one week later, she set an event record of 4:20.81 at the Ryan Shay Memorial Mile (a personal best time on the downhill course). In August, Shannon won the Ed Murphey Memphis Mile, setting a Tennessee state record time of 4:25.47 (also her track PR), and her winning streak continued at the HOKA ONE ONE Long Island Mile with another clear victory, clocking 4:29.91. She also finished runner-up in the BBTM Grand Prix Tour 2018 and produced the women's Tour performance-of-the-year.

While at Michigan, Osika was a six-time NCAA All-American, closing out her senior year with a fourth place finish in the 2016 NCAA 1500m final. Shannon is also a two-time Big Ten Champion, winning the indoor Mile (2016) and the outdoor metric Mile (2016). 

Soon after graduating, Shannon went on to compete at the 2016 U.S. Olympic Trials in the 1500m, where she qualified for the semi-final round. In the summer of 2016, Shannon won the the 9th Ryan Shay Mile in 4:27.51, finished 3rd in the HOKA ONE ONE Long Island Mile in 4:28.85, was 7th at the Sir Walter Mile in 4:30.62, and ran her fastest Mile time of 4:25.1 at the Fifth Avenue Mile where she finished 11th behind a world class field. Shannon closed her 2016 racing season with another sub-4:30 clocking (4:29.5), good for third place, at the inaugural Kalakaua Merrie Mile in Honolulu, Hawaii.

FUN FACT: Shannon’s parents, P.J. Osika and Andrea Bowman, ran track at Eastern Michigan and also competed in the 1988 U.S. Olympic Track & Field Trials. #FamilyAffair



Running is in Shannon Osika’s blood

May 27, 2020

“I love it. I mean, to be amongst so many talented and hardworking women and to be one of them feels really good."

By Sieg Lindstrom, Track & Field News

Spring of 2020, now heading into summer, has manifested itself as a train-and-wait game for athletes. The pandemic “why” of that is no...

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Shannon Osika Awarded Second Memorial USATF Foundation Grant

April 02, 2020

"To continue to be able to train and compete as a Memorial Grant recipient in honor of Fred Lambert fuels me every single day."

From USATF Foundation

Middle distance runner Shannon Osika was recently awarded a second USATF Foundation Grant in memory of Frederick W. Lambert. The original grant...

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Willis repeats, Osika wins Guardian Mile

August 18, 2019

Fastest women's Mile on Ohio soil; four men go sub-4; prize purse $18,000 at second edition

By Mike Peticca, Special to The Plain Dealer

CLEVELAND, Ohio – Shannon Osika made history, and Nick Willis made himself two-of-two at the second running of the Guardian Mile in downtown Cleveland on...

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How Elite Miler Shannon Osika Owns Her Mornings

February 18, 2019

The rising star from Michigan swears by plenty of Zs and a hearty breakfast

By Hailey Middlebrook, Runner's World

Shannon Osika is on a hot streak. Over the weekend, the 25-year-old former University of Michigan runner nailed a track personal record in the Wanamaker Mile at New York City’s...

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Avila, Osika set Tennessee records at Ed Murphey Memphis Mile

August 26, 2018

BBTM Grand Prix Tour 2018 fourth stop awards $19,500; next stop Minnesota Mile on Friday, September 7

By Taylor Dutch, Runner's World

The second annual Ed Murphey Memphis Mile saw two Tennessee records fall under the lights Saturday night at Christian Brothers High School in Memphis. Both...

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Osika, Domanic Win 7th GNC Live Well Liberty Mile

July 20, 2018

Evening downtown Pittsburgh road race offered a $30,000 prize purse; third stop on the BBTM Grand Prix Tour 2018

From P3R

PITTSBURGH –  At the 7th GNC Live Well Liberty Mile on Friday evening in downtown Pittsburgh, the pro races ended in two thrilling finishes as Shannon Osika of Ann Arbor,...

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Top Fields Set for 2018 USATF 1 Mile Road Championships at Grand Blue Mile

April 12, 2018

Katie Mackey to defend women’s national title; $25,000 guaranteed national championship purse with $5000 for each national champion; also the Bring Back the Mile Grand Prix #Tour2018 season opener

From Grand Blue Mile

DES MOINES, Iowa - Grand Blue Mile race officials have announced the fields...

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Toni’s Take on Inaugural Kalakaua Merrie Mile

December 12, 2016

Honolulu Marathon weekend road event draws more than 1,300 finishers with professional handicap gender challenge won by teenager Edwin Kiptoo in sub-4

By Toni Reavis

HONOLULU – Oh, you could see this one coming a Mile away. 18-year-old Kenyan Edwin Kiptoo was obviously the wildcard at this...

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BBTM 2016 U.S. Olympic Team Trials Guide to the Metric Mile

July 10, 2016
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Shannon Osika continues family Olympic Trials legacy

June 30, 2016

“That’s going to be really cool being on the starting line with my idols, just unreal to me."

By Marvin Goodwin, The Oakland Press

Nearly 30 years ago, P.J. Osika and Andrea Bowman were competitors trying to make the US Olympic team at the 1988 Olympic Track and Field Trials in Indianapolis.

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