BIG 12 SCORING
NCAA CHAMPIONSHIP SCORING
CAREER UPDATE: Kipp made a name for herself, becoming the third CU female to win an NCAA Steeplechase Crown in 2012. Prior to the NCAA title, she became the first CU athlete, male or female, to win an individual Pac-12 title as she captured the steeplechase crown on May 12, 2012. Kipp added Olympian to her list as she qualified for the 2012 Olympic Summer Games in London by finishing third at the U.S. Olympic Team Trials in June. Kipp ranks second on CU's performer list (9:35.73), 13th overall. She also ranks 10th on CU's 5,000-meter run performers list (16:00.50).
2012: Indoor: Kipp raced the 3,000-meter run twice during the indoor season. She first ran at the Husky Classic (2/11), finishing 11th in the elite section with a then-personal-record of 9:18.28. Two weeks later, Kipp improved her time in the 3k to 9:18.03 at the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Indoor Championships. The time was ninth overall, but made her the seventh best CU performer in the event.
Outdoor: Kipp had a season to remember in 2012, winning a conference title and going on to compete on the world stage. Kipp's primary focus was the steeplechase and she wouldn't lose a single collegiate race all season. She started the year off by running the fastest collegiate time (9:43.09) as she won the elite section at the Payton Jordan Cardinal Invite (4/29). Kipp became the first CU athlete to win an individual Pac-12 title on May 12 as she took home the steeplechase crown in 9:57.39. She came back the following day to score points for the Buffs in the 5k, finishing fifth in 16:23.32. Kipp went onto win the NCAA West Prelims (9:58.38) to advance to the NCAA Championships. There she easily made it past the semis and won a very close race against Florida's Genevieve LaCaze, crossing the finish in 9:49.02 to become the third Buff in seven years to win the event. (CU has won five of the last seven titles.) Her season didn't end there as she went on to compete at the U.S. Olympic Team Trials, advancing to the finals and placing third overall with the Olympic Games 'A' Standard and lifetime best of 9:35.73. Her teammate, Emma Coburn, won the event and the pair became just the third and fourth CU student-athletes to participate in a summer Olympic Games with eligibility remaining. Kipp ran the semis in 9:48.33 at the Games to finish her season.
2011: Indoor: Kipp raced at three meets for CU. She started off by running a time of 9:44.42 in the 3k at the UW Invite (1/31), placing 12th overall. Two weeks later at the Husky Classic (2/12), she recorded a 5k season best of 16:28.56. At the Big 12 Championships Kipp scored for the Buffs in the 5k, placing sixth in 16:33.09. She also competed in the 3k, finishing 12th overall (9:32.76).
Outdoor: Kipp's main focus was once again the steeplechase; however she did compete in the 1,500 and the 5k. Her first race of the season was the 1,500 at the CU Invite where she placed second with a time of 4:29.63. The following week at Mt. SAC Relays (4/15) she won the 'B' section in the 5k in 16:01.26. Kipp competed in the 5k at the Big 12 Championships, placing fifth (16:23.01). After the conference meet she was able to shift her focus back to the steeplechase. She had run a time of 10:03.37 at the Cardinal Invite (ninth overall), which qualified her for the NCAA West Preliminary Championships where she was second overall with a time of 10:00.03 to advance to the NCAA Championships. Kipp finished the prelims third (10:02.09) and placed third in the finals with a season best (9:56.37) to earn her second straight All-American honor on the track. Kipp extended her season as she went on to compete at the USATF Outdoor Championships and placed ninth (10:00.3).
2010: Indoor: Kipp ran in four meets during her first season with CU. She started off by running the mile at the Potts Indoor Invite (1/23), winning the race in 5:13.93. She followed that up by running a 3k at the Don Barrett Duals (1/30). Kipp also won that event with an elevated time of 10:29.15. Kipp ran one 5k (17:03.27) during the season which came at the Husky Classic (2/12). She ended the season by recording a season best time in the 3k (9:45.2) at the Big 12 Championship, placing 16th.
Outdoor: Kipp started the season by running the 1,500 and 5,000-meter runs before turning her focus to the 3,000-meter steeplechase. She ran a personal record of 16:29.38 in the 5k to win the university/open section at the Mt. SAC Relays (4/16). Kipp recorded a season best time of 4:29.69 in the 1,500 at the Payton Jordan Cardinal Invite (5/1). At this time, Kipp started to focus on the steeplechase, winning her debut at the Fum McGraw Open (5/8) in 10:53.14. She improved her time in the event to 10:10.48 the following week at the Big 12 Championship. Kipp took fourth overall to earn her first All-Big 12 honor and moved up to fourth on the all-time performers list. She advanced to the NCAA West Preliminaries in the steeplechase and placed third with a time of 10:10.04. Kipp then advanced to the semifinals at the NCAA Championship and clocked a time of 9:59.93 to place second and earned a spot in the finals. She became just the third Buff to ever finish the event in less than 10 minutes with the performance. Kipp capped off her season in the finals by placing fifth overall to earn her first All-American honor. She ran the 25th-best time for a Buff as she finished the race in 9:59.37.
HIGH SCHOOL: Kipp won the 2009 state 1,600 and 3,200-meter run titles and owns the SHS 3,200 record (10:50), which she set on May 17, 2009. Kipp was the MVP of the SHS cross country team her sophomore year and was the cross country and track and field team captain as a senior. Kipp won the Utah State 5A Cross Country Championship in 2006 and was the runner-up in 2008. As a senior she qualified for Foot Locker nationals and placed 28th overall. Kipp earned eight letters with the Eagles.
HIGH SCHOOL BESTS: 1,600-Meters: 5:02; 3,200-Meters: 10:50, 5,000-Meters: 17:50.
CROSS COUNTRY: (2012) Kipp once again led the Buffs but sat out the Rocky Mountain Shootout to recover from her long track season which included competing at the Olympics. She debuted at pre-nationals, finishing 21st overall. Kipp recorded an 11th-place finish two weeks later at the Pac-12 Championships before earning a runner-up finish at regionals. She ended the year with an 18th-place finish to record her third straight All-American cross country honor. Kipp also was named to all-region and All-Pac-12 Second Team during the season. (2011) Kipp had another great season, earning All-Pac-12 First Team, all-region and All-American honors. She led CU in every race the entire season. Kipp started off by winning the Rocky Mountain Shootout. Two weeks later she finished ninth overall at pre-nats. Kipp led the Buffs with a fifth-place finish at the Pac-12 Championships, helping the Buffs win the inaugural Pac-12 team title. She led the Buffs at regionals, once again placing fifth overall. Kipp finished the season with a 19th-place finish, earning her second straight All-American honor. Kipp was named the CU Female Athlete of the Year for her season. (2010) Kipp earned a spot on the varsity roster from the very first team race of the season, finishing as CU's No. 3 racer and third overall at the Rocky Mountain Shootout. She followed that performance up with a 12th-place finish at pre-nationals, this time as CU's No. 2 runner. Kipp recorded her first All-Big 12 honor when she placed eighth overall at the conference meet. She went on to earn all-region recognition by placing 10th at regionals. Kipp capped off the season by placing 40th overall at nationals, earning All-American status in her first season. (2009) Redshirt. Did not compete.
IN THE CLASSROOM: Kipp is majoring in integrative physiology and psychology. She was a member of the Big 12 Commissioner's Honor Roll.
PERSONAL: Shalaya Kipp was born on August 19, 1990 in Salt Lake City, Utah. She is the daughter of Ron Kipp and Shannon Kipp-Gillette. Kipp lists her hobbies as skiing and hiking. She also alpine ski raced for 10 years.