MONACO, France — Shalaya Kipp was good in June, but she needed to be better in July – and she was.
The University of Colorado senior placed third in last month’s 3,000-meter steeplechase at the USA Track & Field Outdoor Championships, earning a spot on the U.S. roster for the IAAF World Championships in Athletics this summer.
But Kipp finished the race in 9:46.83, not the ‘A’ standard of 9:43.00 needed to automatically advance. In order to solidify her spot on the team; she had to run under 9:43 before July 20.
It came down to the wire, but Kipp did just that on Friday finishing fourth overall and top American in the IAAF Diamond League meet in Monaco.
9:37.23 that's my ticket to Moscow! Thanks everyone for the support! More exciting stuff to come! Let the journey continue!
— Shalaya Kipp (@ShalayaKipp) July 19, 2013
The race featured some of the top competition in the world and Kenya, a strong distance country, had the top three finishers. Milcah Chemos was first in 9:14.17 and Lidya Chepkurui took second in 9:15.18. Fancy Cherotich finished just in front of Kipp in 9:36.81.
Jamie Cheever, another American, placed sixth in 9:49.48. She took fourth at the USA Championships and would have gone to Moscow in place of Kipp had Kipp not recorded the ‘A’ standard in the meet as Cheever ran 9:29 earlier this season.
The IAFF World Championships will be held August 10-18 in Moscow will be the second major international competition for Kipp, a 2012 Olympian.
CU volunteer assistant coach and former Buff Jenny Simpson also had a great performance at the meet in Monaco, winning the 1,500 in 4:00.48. Simpson, the reigning 1,500-meter world champion, was able to hold off Kenya’s Hellen Obiri in the final lap as she closed in 59.30 seconds. Obiri clocked in just a half second behind her (4:00.93).
Simpson went to the front of the pack from the start, running just behind the pacer. Once the pacer stepped off the track, it was all Simpson as she led the tightly bunched group for the remainder of the race.
She led a group of four Americans who finished in the top five. After Obiri, the U.S. took the third, fourth and fifth-place finishes. Brenda Martinez was third, just a hair off of Obiri (4:00.94), and Shannon Rowbury took fourth in 4:01.28. Gabriele Anderson was fifth in 4:01.48.