Moscow – University of Colorado senior Shalaya Kipp recorded a ninth-place finish in her heat of the 3,000-meter steeplechase during the preliminary rounds of the 2013 IAAF World Championships in Athletics.

Kipp finished in 9:45.97, just over four seconds from the last time qualifying spot for the finals (9:42.19). Kenya took the top two positions in the section with Milcah Chemos Cheywa crossing the finish first in 9:36.16 and Hyvin Kiyeng Jepkemoi just behind in9:36.19. Kipp finished in a very tight pack of runners who took 7-8-9. Algeria’s Amina Bettiche was seventh (9:45.50) and Finland’s Sandra Eriksson was eighth (9:45.57).

Kipp’s time was second amongst the three Americans. Ashley Higginson finished slightly faster than Kipp (9:45.78) and Nicole Bush finished in 9:58.03. Both Higginson and Bush raced in the second heat while Kipp was in the first.

The 2012 Olympian will return to Boulder and will shift her focus from the track to cross country. Kipp has one year of eligibility left in cross country, as well as indoor and outdoor track and field.

Former Buff Dathan Ritzenhein hit the track later in the day in the finals of the 10,000-meter run, finishing 10th with a season-best time of 27:37.90.

The championships continue through August 18. CU volunteer assistant coach Jenny Simpson starts her title defense in the 1,500 on Sunday at 12:30 a.m. MT (10:30 a.m. Moscow time).