July 25, 2005
EASTON, Pa. (www.lafayette.edu) - After over a decade of volunteer work with USA Track and Field, Lafayette Associate Athletic Director Kimberly Keenan-Kirkpatrick was honored with an assistant coaching position with the United States Track and Field team competing in the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) World Championships in Athletics.
An IAAF committee elected Keenan-Kirkpatrick to join the staff for the event in December of 2003.
The international competition, which features some of the world's best athletes, takes place in Helsinki, Finland. The tenth opening ceremonies commence on Aug. 5, while the track and field events will go on from Aug. 6-14.
Athletes on Team USA qualified from the USA Track Championships in Los Angeles, Calif. The top three finishes with qualifying times were appointed to the team. All athletes participated in championships with the exception of marathon runners, who qualified in a separate selection race.
Keenan-Kirkpatrick's duties include working with female distance runners in all endurance events, including the 800m, 1500m, 3000 steeplechase, 5000m, 10,000m, marathon and the race walk.
"I am excited to have the opportunity to work with some of our country's best athletes," Keenan-Kirkpatrick said. "I will help the team represent the United States to its fullest potential, while pushing the women to compete their hardest among some of the world's greatest athletes."
Keenan-Kirkpatrick is in her third year as an associate athletic director for the Leopards after spending six years at Kutztown University. A 1989 graduate of Kent State University, she was standout on the track and field and cross country teams throughout her four years. The Whippany, N.J. native was also on the coaching staff at Drew University prior to her tenure at Kutztown.