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SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Former UC Davis cross country and track & field teammates Kim Conley and Kaitlin Gregg Goodman will toe the starting line in the women's 10,000-meter race at the USA Track & Field Outdoor Championships in Sacramento. The race will begin at 9:27 p.m. on Thursday, one hour later than previously scheduled. Conley, the 2014 USATF 10K champion, also qualified for the 5,000-meter event, which closes out Friday evening's session at Hornet Stadium.
Conley, who hails from Santa Rosa, California, is perhaps best known in the track & field world as a two-time Olympian. In June of 2012, she surged from seventh to third place in the 5,000 at the Olympic Trials, hitting the Olympic `A' standard and nabbing the final slot to join Team USA in London. Conley subsequently competed at the 2013 IAAF world championships in cross country and in the 5K, captured national titles in the 10,000 and half-marathon, then came back from season-long injury to earn a return ticket to the Olympic Games in 2016. Still ranked third in school history in the 5K (16:17.51), Conley served five seasons as an Aggie volunteer assistant after completing her UC Davis career.
Goodman, originally from Davis and the daughter of Davis High cross country coach Bill Gregg, posted a huge personal record of 31:55.46 at Stanford's Payton Jordan meet in early May. That time also eclipsed the entry standards for the IAAF World Championships, held in London from August 4-13. Goodman graduated summa cum laude from UC Davis in 2010 with degrees in international relations and economics. She captured the 2010 W.P. Lindley Award as the outstanding scholar-athlete of the year, and closed out her Aggie career as the program's all-time No. 2 runner in both the 5K (16:21.99) and 10K (33:01.20).
Both Conley and Gregg qualified for the NCAA cross country championships in 2008. Conley continues to run for New Balance, while Goodman competes for rabbit/Strava TC. Links to each athlete's IAAF profile and Twitter accounts are found above, as is Goodman's website and blog, runningjoyfully.com.
UPDATE (6/21): The USATF finalized the competition field, which now includes current Aggie Rianna Goins (women's 800), plus alumni Alycia Cridebring (5,000) and Erika Barr (steeplechase)... Goins earned first-team All-America honors in the 800 this year, weeks after successfully defending her Big West title in the event... Cridebring, the 2014 Big West champ in the 5K, remains the only woman in school history to crack the 16-minute barrier as an Aggie (15:49.05)... Barr won the steeple at last year's Big West meet then went on to post a second-team All-America finish at nationals... She ranks second in school history at 10:01.60.
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