Kansas Jayhawks
Kalea Chu - Cross Country - Kansas Jayhawks
Position Distance
Class Sophomore
Height 5'5"
Hometown Overland Park, Kan.
High School Blue Valley West


Placed 97th at the Gans Creek Classic in Columbia, Missouri… Finished 209th at the FSU Invite/Pre-Nationals in Tallahassee, Florida … Placed 64th at the the Big 12 Cross Country Championship, finishing in 24:17.8 … Placed 152nd in the 6k at the NCAA Midwest Regional, finishing in 23:02.4.

Ran a 19:57.7 5K at Rim Rock Farm in the season-opening Bob Timmons Classic (9/19) to place 21st overall … Traversed the 6K on the OSU Cross Country Course in 25:01.0 at the Cowboy Jamboree (10/3) to finish in 102nd place individually.

2020 INDOOR (Fr.)
Did not compete.

Finished her first collegiate race in fifth place overall at the Bob Timmons Classic 5K (8/31) … Her time of 19:18.7 made her the third Jayhawk to cross the finish line … Came in ninth place in the Rim Rock Collegiate Classic 6K (10/5) with a time of 23:56.9 … At the Pre-National Invitational (10/19), crossed the finish line in 22:43.7 to place 226th among a field of 252 of some of the best runners in the nation in the Women’s 6K Blue Race … Ran the 6K course at the NCAA Division I Midwest Region Cross Country Championships (11/15) in 25:21.3, which made her 222nd overall individually … The women’s team finished in 17th place in a field of 33 teams.

Attended Blue Valley West High School in Overland Park, Kansas, and Bainbridge Island High School in Bainbridge, Washington … Blue Valley West was a member of the Eastern Kansas League (EKL) and a 6A school, while Bainbridge was in District 2 and a 3A school … Earned a total of six athletic letters between cross country and track & field … Team won 2017-18 Regionals … Academic Cross Country All-State twice (2017, 2018) … Also (athletically) all-state on the cross country course, those same two years … Named to the All-Metro Cross Country Team in both 2017 and 2018 … Nominee of The Kansas City Star Athlete of the Year … Ran on the varsity cross country team all four years of high school … Named team captain in 2018 … Placed fourth and eighth in the Kansas 6A State Cross Country Meets … Two-year member of the varsity track & field team … Took bronze in the 3,200 meters and eighth in the 1,600 meters at the State meet … Team placed fifth at state in 2017 and was runner-up in 2018 … Ran in the NXR Heartland and Footlocker Midwest twice each (2018 and 2019) … Recorded personal records (PRs) of 18:34 in the 5K, 11:01 in the 3,200 meters and 5:15 in the 1,600 meters … Also lettered four times in marching band and orchestra, for a grand total of 10 letters won during her prep career … On the Principal’s Honor Roll for multiple years … Earned academic letters … A member of the National Honor Society … Project Leader for the National English Honor Society … Also in the Spanish National Honor Society.

Daughter of Edward and Karen Chu … Older sister to Kiele (Kiki) … Plans to major in biomechanical engineering.