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Kalea Chu - Track & Field - Kansas Jayhawks

Kalea Chu

Position Distance
Class So./Fr./Fr.
Hometown Overland Park, Kan.
High School Blue Valley West



Started the 2021 campaign off at the Gans Creek Classic finishing 97th overall with a time of 23:27.90.

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.