Ten American Runners to Watch in 2013

Kim Conley celebrates after realizing she qualified for the Olympic team in the 5,000m. Photo: PhotoRun.net

Kim Conley

Who can forget Conley’s epic final lap flurry in the 5,000m final at last summer’s Olympic Trials in Eugene, Ore.? Conley passed five women over the final 400 meters to place third in the race, 0.21 seconds under the Olympic A-standard of 15:20 — good enough to land her on the Olympic team. At the Games, Conley failed to advance to the final, but finished her prelim in 15:14.48, a new personal best. After a breakthrough year in 2012, which finished with a big win at the Silicon Valley Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving Day, the 26-year-old Californian will have a hard time sneaking up on people in 2013. So far this year, the New Balance-sponsored Conley has posted a solid fourth-place finish at the Campaccio Cross Country race in Italy. She’ll be looking to qualify for her first world cross country team next month at the national championships in St. Louis.

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