Shannon Rowbury has been one of the most consistent American runners over the past 7 years. In 2008, Rowbury turned in the top performance ever by an American woman in the Olympic 1,500m final when she finished seventh in 4:03.58. She then won a bronze medal at the 2009 World Outdoor Championships to post the best finish by an American in a world outdoor championships women's 1,500-meter final in 10 years. Rowbury has been on a gradual rise to global prominence as a middle-distance runner since high school. She won the 800 meters at the 2001 National Scholastic Outdoor Championships while attending Sacred Heart Cathedral Prep School in San Francisco, Calif. Shannon joined the Oregon Project in 2013.