"I'm thrilled to have the opportunity to work with BTC, and I'm looking forward to the base phase grind," Grace said.
Grace joins the Bowerman Track Club after a season which included a runner-up finish in the 1500m at the USATF outdoor championships, where she earned a spot on the Team USA world championship team. She went on to place 11th in the semifinal at the IAAF World Championships in London. Prior to USAs, Grace clocked a personal best of 4:03 when she finished seventh in the Prefontaine 1500m.
Grace moved to Portland in August after training with the NorCal Distance Project in Sacramento, California, for two years.
She joins a talented group in Portland that includes Olympic finalists Shalane Flanagan, Amy Cragg, Courtney Frerichs, Emily Infeld, Colleen Quigley, and Shelby Houlihan.
Grace executed a breakthrough 2016 season when she won the Olympic Trials 800m final in a then-personal best of 1:59.10. The performance marked the first time Grace earned a spot on the Olympic team. She made her first Olympic final after running another PR of 1:58.79 in the semifinal. She placed eighth in the Rio final.
The thrilling season ended with another personal best of 1:58.28 at the Diamond League meeting in Zurich.
Grace focused on the 1500m this year and made her second international team, a sign of her impressive range.
By joining Bowerman, Grace can look forward to training with several stars in a wide range of event specialties. She will likely train with speedsters Frerichs, Houlihan, and Quigley. Frerichs just earned a silver medal in the steeplechase at the IAAF World Championships in London. Houlihan recently competed in the 5K final and boasts stellar middle distance speed. And Quigley just clocked a 1500m PR of 4:03 and a steeplechase best of 9:15.