Higgins to Compete at IAAF World Championships

June 18, 2009

LAWRENCE, Kan. – Former Kansas track & field standout Paige Higgins has been selected as one of five women to represent the United States in the marathon at the World Championships in Berlin, Germany, this August. Higgins will be joined on the team by Tera Moody, Desiree Davila, Zoila Gomez and Kara Goucher.

Higgins finished eighth at the Chicago marathon last October in a time of 2 hours, 33 minutes, 6 seconds. The Littleton, Colo., native wasthe 2008 USA 25K champion with a time of 1:30:49. At the 2007 Chicago Marathon, Higgins was the second American woman and seventh overall finisher with a time of 2:40:12. She won the Gary Bjorklund Half-Marathon in Duluth in 2007 (1:14:45) and the Bolder Boulder 10K citizen’s race (34:49). Higgins was the 2006 Walt Disney World Marathon champion with a time of 2:51:38.

As a Jayhawk, Higgins was the Drake Relays 10,000 meters champion during the 2002 outdoor season, winning the title with a season-best time of 35:27.52. She recorded two victories in the 2003 indoor season in the 3,000 meters, at the Illini Classic (9:57.53) and KSU Invitational (10:15.06). Higgins placed first in the 5,000 meters at the Emporia State Relays with a time of 17:33.5 and finished fourth at the Big 12 Championships with a 10,000-meter time of 36:36.98 during the 2003 outdoor season.

The 12thInternational Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) World Championships in Athletics will take place Aug. 15-23 in Berlin, with the women’s marathon running Aug. 23.