DES MOINES, Iowa – University of Colorado senior Shalaya Kipp recorded a third-place finish in the 3,000-meter steeplechase finals at the USA Track & Field Championships to earn a spot on the U.S. roster of the IAAF World Championships in Moscow this August.
Kipp, who was third at the 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials, finished the race with a season-best time of 9:46.83, coming in just under the IAAF World Championships ‘B’ Standard of 9:48.00 on Saturday. She will have untilJuly 20 to record the ‘A’ standard (9:43.00) which is required to participate at the world championships.
The race was run under extremely hot and humid conditions with temperatures on the track over 100 degrees during the day. Kipp started the race fairly conservatively as she was in the back of the field, running about 10th for the first couple of laps, but slowly started to work her way up in the pack.
With two laps remaining, Kipp was in eighth-place and picked off three runners to move into fifth at the start of the bell lap. Kipp continued her strong surge and was in fourth-place with just over 200 meters left. As Kipp approached the final water jump, she was just about neck and neck with the then-third place runner Jamie Cheever. She propelled off of the barrier to gain the advantage and would never look back as Kipp continued to put distance between her and Cheever, who finished in 9:53.01.
Also on Saturday afternoon, former Buff Jeremy Dodson advanced to the semifinal round of the 200, clocking a 14th place overall finish in 20.40. Dodson finished third in his heat, so he advanced to the semis on time as the top two from each of the five heats automatically moved on.
The last day of the USATF Championships is Sunday. Billy Nelson and Aric Van Halen will be running in the steeplechase finals and Dodson will compete in the 200 semis. Jenny Simpson, who is the reigning IAAF 1,500-meter World Champion, has a bye in the 1,500 and will compete in the women’s 5,000. Laura Thweatt and Dathan Ritzenhein are also set to compete in the 5,000.
You can view it live at http://www.usatf.tv/