June 23, 2013
DES MOINES, Iowa - UC Davis alumna and volunteer track and field coach Kim Conley, who competed at last summer's London Olympics, can now add the IAAF World Championships to her resumè after earning a berth in the 5,000-meter run on Sunday at the USA Championships at Drake Stadium.
Conley, representing New Balance/SRA Elite, finished fourth in 15 minutes, 37.80 seconds with only the top three finishers - who also had the "A" standard - guaranteed spots on the United States team that will compete in Moscow in August.
Conley, however, will race at the World Championships after Jenny Simpson, winner of Sunday's 5K race (15:33.77), announced she would skip the event in Moscow in order to concentrate on the 1,500 for which she is the defending world champion.
Conley nearly made it on the U.S. team without Simpson's assist after being edged by Shannon Rowbury (15:37.27) who finished ahead of her by just .53. Molly Huddle (15:35.45) finished second, also punching her ticket to Moscow.
The berth to the World Championships is another major accomplishment for Conley who famously provided one of the stirring moments of last year's U.S. Olympic Trials when she stormed from seemingly nowhere to barely finish third in the 5,000 - gaining the "A" standard as well - and earning an opportunity to race in London.
She competed in the IAAF World Cross Country Championships earlier this year for another milestone achievement. Conley is coached by current UC Davis head coach Drew Wartenburg.
The IAAF Track and Field World Championships will be held Aug. 10-18. The women's 5,000 prelims will take place on Aug. 13 at 10:40 p.m. (Pacific).