Montgomery grad Kim Conley proving she can go any distance
2012 Olympian: "If I’m running the Mile, that day I think like a Miler."
By Phil Barber, Press Democrat
Kim Conley has made herself into quite a distance runner — defined, in this case, as someone who can win a race at practically any distance.
Most of us know Conley as the local product who qualified for the London Olympics in the 5000 meters in 2012. Considering her background in cross country, that would seem to be a natural distance for this Montgomery High grad.
But rushing headlong into the indoor track season this winter, Conley nearly won at 800 meters before former UC Davis teammate (and Ukiah native) Lauren Wallace ran past her at the UW Indoor Preview in Seattle; set an Armory course record in the Mile (and clocked the second-fastest time for a woman this year at 4:24.54) at the New Balance Games in New York; won at 2000 meters in her first race ever at that distance, at the New Balance Grand Prix in Roxbury, Mass.; and returned to The Armory a week later to win at 3000 meters in the prestigious Millrose Games.
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