UC Davis grad Kim Conley finished third in Thursday’s 5000 meter final at the U.S. Olympic Trials, running 15:19.79 to qualify for the Olympic Games in London.
In a thrilling final straightaway, Conley passed Abbey D’Agostino and made up considerable ground on early leader Julia Lucas to just lean Lucas out for the final Olympic spot.
Conley entered the race needing to best the Olympic ‘A’ standard time of 15:20.00.
Julie Culley edged out Molly Huddle to win the race and earn the first two Olympic team positions.
Conley was never an All-American in college. She finished her eligibility at UC Davis in 2009 with personal bests of 4:22.17 for 1500 meters and 16:17.51 for 5000 meters.