Neely was born into this sport, literally. Her dad (Steve Spence, 1992 Olympic marathoner and 1991 World Champs Bronze Medalist) was running the Boston Marathon on the day she was born.
She is an eight-time NCAA DII Champion and still holds two NCAA records. Neely has represented Team USA in 5 international competitions, and has raced in 8 different countries where she most notably was the top American and 13th in the World in the 2013 World Cross Country Championships in Poland.
After college Neely went on to win the Rock ‘n’ Roll New Orleans Half Marathon and then made her debut at the Boston Marathon in 2016. She finished in 2:35 – securing her spot as the top American, and ninth overall. She also won the Rock ‘n; Roll Chicago Half Marathon.