Kim Conley

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Kim Conley competing in the 5000 metres at the 2012 Olympics in London

Kim Conley (born 14 March 1986 in Slough, United Kingdom) is an American track and field athlete, who competes in middle and long distance track events. She finished in third place at the 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials to qualify for the 2012 Olympics in the 5,000 meters.[1]

High school[edit]

Running for Montgomery High School in Santa Rosa, California, Conley was not even the best on her team, that position being held by Sara Bei, the CIF California State Meet Champion at 3200 meters during her freshman year.[2] By her senior year, she managed to get to the State Meet, qualifying in both the 3,200 and 1600, but foregoing the longer race to try to make the final in the 1,600, but she was only the 19th best qualifier, well behind Anne St. Geme (daughter of American Junior 3,000 meters record holder Ceci Hopp).[3]

College[edit]

Conley ran track and cross country at UC Davis and is now a volunteer assistant coach for the Aggies.[4] She was the 2004 Division I Independent cross country champion[5] in 17:07 as a freshman, then added her second All Division I Independent honor by placing seventh the following year as a sophomore.

In 2008, Conley helped make program history by becoming the first UC Davis Aggie to qualify for the NCAA Division I Outdoor Track and Field Championships. She earned All-West Region with her 12th-place showing at the regional, earning her the berth at the national meet. Conley earned all-conference or equivalent honors three times. Conley captured All Big West Conference accolades with a seventh-place showing. Conley was UC Davis' top runner in all 4 meets as a freshman, all 7 meets as a sophomore, all 5 meets as a junior, and every meet as a senior.[6]

Conley's time of 16:17.51 set at the 2008 NCAA Track and Field West Regional in the 5,000 meters stands as a school record and her mark of 4:22.17 in the 1,500 meters currently ranks her No. 2 on UC Davis' all-time ledger. Conley is ninth in the UC Davis outdoor 800 (2:10.73) and the UC Davis outdoor 3,000 (9:45.85) and owns the UC Davis indoor 3,000 record with a time of 9:19.16.[7]

2012 USATF Olympic Trials[edit]

Conley qualified for the finals of the 5000 metres at the 2012 United States Olympic Trials, but did not have the 'A' standard meaning that even if she won the trials she would not qualify for the 2012 Olympics.[8] During the race Julia Lucas pushed the pace, but Lucas faded at the end of the race.[9] Conley passed Lucas in the final meter, where she defeated Lucas by 4/100ths of a second and surpassed the 'A' standard by 21/100ths of a second.[10]

2012 London Olympics[edit]

Conley ran 15:14.48 for the semifinals of the Athletics at the 2012 Summer Olympics – Women's 5000 metres.

2013 US outdoor championship[edit]

US Track and Field Championships 5000m on 23 June 2013;[11] 4th place; 15:37.80

2013 World Championships[edit]

Conley qualified for the 2013 World Championships in Athletics.
IAAF World Championships 5000m final on 17 August 2013 ; 12th place; 15:36.58[12]
IAAF World Championships 5000m prelim on 14 August 2013 ; 5th place; 15:27.35[13]

2014 US Outdoor Championships[edit]

After pushing the pace for the last 8 laps, Conley was passed in the last 200 meters by Jordan Hasay. But Conley came back and outsprinted Hasay in the last 100 meters to win the 10,000 meters title in 32:02.07 on June 26.[14] Watch the end of the race

Half marathon 2nd place October 26th 2014 [15]

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