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: Portland, OR
Team: Union Athletics Club
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