PR: 1:57.84 (2009)
Current Residence: Seacliff, Calif
High School: Soquel HS (Soquel, Calif.)
College: Cal Poly-San Luis Obispo
Coach: Greg Brock & Benoit Deboscq
Agent: Merhawi Keflezighi
Two-time USA Outdoor runner-up – 2010 (2:00.43); 2011 (1:58.86)
2005 NCAA Outdoor runner-up (2:03.10)
Awards and Honors
Vessey ran her second-fastest race of all-time at the 2011 USA Outdoor Championships where she finished 2nd in 1:58.86 to earn a spot on her second trip to the world championships. Vessey had the performance of her life in winning the women's 800m convincingly in a then-world leading time of 1:57.84 seconds at the Herculis Super Grand Prix meet in Monaco. Her performance was a personal best by more than two seconds, and it placed her on the Team USA roster for the 2009 World Outdoor Championships in Berlin by easily bettering the 'A' qualifying standard of 2:00.00. Vessey's time is the fastest by an American since Jearl Miles-Clark topped the U.S. list in 2004 with her clocking of 1:57.27, which was then the fastest time in the world in 2009. Vessey’s performance ties her for seventh place with Joetta Clark on the all-time U.S. list. Vessey provided a preview of what was to come with her stunning victory June 7 at the Nike Prefontaine Classic, which she entered as a last minute “lane filler.” Vessey won the race in a then personal best 2:00.18, and defeated reigning Olympic champion Pamela Jelimo in the process.
2012: 1st at Zagreb (1:59.61); 5th at Berlin (2:00.14); 4th at Birmingham (2:02.01); 2nd at Lignano (2:00.59); 8th at Olympic Trials (2:03.44); 4th at adidas Grand Prix (2:00.48); 1st at Ponce Grand Prix (2:00.19); 5th at Millrose Games (2:04.18); 1st at Boston Grand Prix (2:02.37)
2011: USA Outdoor runner-up (1:58.86); 6th at World Championships (1:58.50); 4th at Lignano (1:59.17); 2nd at USATF HP meet (1:59.56); 3rd at New Balance Grand Prix (2:01:87).
2010: USA Outdoors runner-up (2:00.43); 9th at Pre Classic (1:59.90); 3rd at Rabat (2:01.55); 11th at Monaco (2:01.85); 2nd at Lignano (1:59.00); 10th at London (2:01.83).
2009: 7th in semifinal at World Champs (2:03.55); 4th at the USA Outdoors (2:01.19); 1st at Monaco (1:57.84); 1st at Nike Prefontaine Classic (2:00.18); 4th at Reebok Grand Prix Classic (2:01.49); 2nd at World Athletics Final (2:00.31).
2008: 5th at the 2008 US Olympic Trials (2:02.01).
2007: Best of 2:11.57.
2006: Injured, did not compete.
2005: Runner-up at NCAA Outdoors (2:03.10); 7th at USA Outdoors (2:06.23); Big West Outdoor runner-up.
2003: Big West Outdoor champ; 7th in prelims at NCAA Outdoors (2:08.89); 8th in prelims at USA Outdoors (2:08.12).
USA/World Rankings and Personal Bests
2012: Indoor bests - 2:02.16 (No. 2 in the USA, No. 28 in the world)
2011: Indoor bests –2:01.87 (No. 5 in the USA, No. 20 in the world); Outdoor bests – 1:58.50 (No. 3 in the USA, No. 15 in the world)
2010: Outdoor bests – 1:59.00 (No. 5 in the USA, No. 18 in the world)
2009: Outdoor bests – 1:57.84 (No. 1 in the USA, No. 2 in the world)
2008: Outdoor bests – 2:02.01 (No. 11 in the USA)
2007: Outdoor bests – 2:11.57
2006: Injured, did not compete.
2005: Indoor bests – 2:09.03; Outdoor bests – 2:03.10 (No. 11 in the USA)
2003: Indoor bests – 2:07.51; Outdoor bests – 2:05.78