Lainey Phelps - Women's Cross Country - Vanderbilt University Athletics

Lainey Phelps

Middle Distance

Class Junior
Hometown Homewood, Ala.
High School Homewood
Major Undeclared

Career Results

Career Honors

  • 2020-21 First-Year SEC Academic Honor Roll

As a Sophomore (2021-22)
Cross Country

  • Sixth on the team and 60th overall (21:25.87) at the 6k NCAA South Regional (Nov. 12)
  • Finished 76th overall (22:11.9) at the 8k SEC Championships (Oct. 29)
  • Placed 27th overall (22:42.7) at the 6k Blazer Classic (Oct. 16)
  • Fifth on the team and 151st overall (17:54.2) at the 5k Joe Piane Invitational (Oct. 1)
  • Also finished 18th overall (17:52.1) at the 5k Commodore Classic (Sept. 17)
  • Finished 24th overall and fifth on the team (18:01) at the 5k Mizzou Opener (Sept. 3)

Track and Field 

  • Competed at the Commodore Indoor in the 1,000 meters (2:52.14) and finished sixth overall, personal best
  • Set a best in the mile (4:57.05) at the Vanderbilt Invitational, finished 11th
  • Finished eighth in the 800 meters at the Charlie Thomas Invitational with a time of 2:11.09

As a Freshman (2020-21)
Cross Country

  • Scored at all four meets
  • Third Commodore and 52nd overall (21:32.0) to help team to sixth-place finish at SEC Championships (Oct. 30)
  • Second on team and 56th overall (21:43.77) at Blazer Classic (Oct. 16)
  • Second on team and 17th overall (21:28.9) at Gans Creek Classic (Oct. 3)
  • Made collegiate debut at Commodore Classic (Sept. 19) and finished second on team and 15th overall (22:23.2)

Track and Field

  • First-Year SEC Academic Honor Roll
  • Competed at three indoor meets and six outdoor meets
  • Finished 18th in the 1,500 meters (4:30.20) at SEC Outdoor Championships (May 15)
  • Season-best 2:11.36 in the outdoor 800 meters at Black and Gold Invitational (April 17)
  • Also finished as runner-up with season-best 4:25.79 in the outdoor 1,500 meters at Black and Gold Invite
  • Member of winning distance medley relay (11:52.11) at Vanderbilt Invitational (Jan. 16)

The Phelps File

  • Four-year letterwinner at Homewood under head coach Tom Esslinger
  • Two-time Alabama Gatorade Cross Country Runner of the Year (2016, 2019)
  • 15 individual state championships
  • 2020 Bryant Jordan regional winner
  • Personal bests in high school included 4:54 (1,600 meters), 10:44 (3,200m), 17:36 (5,000m)
  • Also lettered in lacrosse
  • National Honor Society
  • Daughter of Alli and Peter Phelps
  • Has a younger brother, Luke
  • Aunt, Suzy Cahill Toner, swam and ran track at The University of the South (Sewanee)