Aug 13, 2013
MOSCOW, Russia - After appearancea at last year's London Olympics and this year's IAAF World Cross Country Championships in Poland, UC Davis alum and volunteer assistant coach Kim Conley will once again race against the best when she participates in the 5,000-meter run at the 14th IAAF Track and Field World Championships.
Conley, who competed in the 5K at the Olympics, will race at the World Championships at Luzhniki Stadium beginning at 10:40 p.m. (Pacific) on Tuesday (9:40 a.m., Wed.; Moscow local time). She's one of three Americans entered in the two heats, joining Shannon Rowbury and Molly Huddle who will race in the first prelim.
Conley posted a career-best time of 15 minutes, 9.57 at the Prefontaine Classic at Eugene, Ore., in June. Her time is the fifth-fastest this season among competitors in her heat and if those rankings hold during the race, Conley would advance to Saturday's World Championship final since the top five - and the next five fastest overall - will move on. There are 11 athletes in each preliminary heat.
It's been a memorable 14-month span for Conley who graduated from UC Davis in 2009 after a standout career. Her iconic third-place finish at the U.S. Olympic Trials a little more than a year ago set the stage for her appearance at the London Olympics. Her career has continued to flourish since with races in Europe and throughout the United States.
Conley is coached by Drew Wartenburg, director of track and field and cross country at UC Davis.