SACRAMENTO, CA (June 27, 2014) – Olympian Kim Conley, 28, sprinted past Oregon’s Jordan Hasay in the last 75 meters to become the USATF 10,000 meter national champion. Hasay had taken the lead with roughly 225 meters left in the race before Conley closed convincingly.
“Distance runners, the truly good ones, are just that – distance runners. So whether it be a 1,500 or 10k, successful athletes will be able to race a full variety and not pigeon hole themselves into one race. If you really look at the speed, the true velocity (meters/second) of a race, in a championship 10k the field will run both sedentary and world record paces all in the same race.”
“My coaches will talk about ‘critical speed’ and loosely defined, that’s the speed that you must race at in the last segment of the race to be in a competitive position to win. In the 800 that may be the last 200m, the last 300-500 in the 1500, or the last 1600 in a 10k,” said Horst.