Aug 13, 2013
MOSCOW, Russia - UC Davis alum Kim Conley finished fifth in her heat of the 5,000-meter run Tuesday night (Pacific time) while posting the fifth-fastest time among the two heats, and automatically qualified for Saturday's final at the 14th IAAF World Track and Field Championships in Moscow.
Conley was timed in 15 minutes, 27.35 seconds, less than five seconds behind heat winner Meseret Defar of Ethiopa who crossed in 15:22.94. The 2009 UC Davis graduate, who now serves as a volunteer assistant coach for the Aggies, led her heat after 1,200 meters with a time of 12:34.20. The top five finishers in each of the two prelim heats along with the next five fastest times advanced. Ten of the 11 competitors in Conley's heat qualified for the final.
Mercy Cherono of Kenya won the opening heat at Luzhniki Stadium in 15:34.70 while Americans Molly Huddle (15:40.91) and Shannon Rowbury (15:50.41) also moved on.
Conley is becoming a veteran on the world stage after participating in last summer's 5,000 at the London Olympics and then representing the United States at the World Cross Country Championships in Poland this year.
The 5,000 final will be run at 7:55 a.m. (Pacific) on Saturday.