Vanderbilt runner set to go the distance at USA Outdoor Championships

Wednesday, June 19, 2013 at 8:34pm

The last time Kristen Findley stepped onto the track she simultaneously set a school record and extended her senior season.

Now, she’ll cap off her Vanderbilt career by running in the 1,500 meters at the USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Des Moines, Iowa. Findley will race in the second of two preliminary heats on Thursday. The top three in each heat, along with the next six-best times, advance to the finals on Saturday.

Findley qualified for the national meet with a school-record time of 4:14.74 at the Music City Distance Carnival on June 1 at Vanderbilt.

The former walk-on who was born in Boise, Idaho leaves Vanderbilt with several records. She set marks in the indoor 1,000-meter run (2:49.64) and was part of the indoor distance medley relay (11:19.76) and outdoor 4x1500 relay (18:04.85).

Findley, who also ran cross country, reached the NCAA East Preliminary Round last month for the second straight year. She posted a time of 4:24.23 in the quarterfinals of the 1,500 to finish 21st. The top 12 runners advanced to the NCAA Championships.

The USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships serve as a qualifier for the IAAF World Championships, which is held in August in Moscow.