With 12 medals, seven individual titles and one team championship at state, Jenny Kimbro couldn’t have done much to top her prep career at Salt Fork. Five years later, it’s hard to say that she didn’t come pretty close.
“Jenny has contributed to our program in so many events. I’m not sure there’s been another athlete of her diversity in the history of our program,” said Coach Joey Woody, the Director of Iowa’s Track and Field program and Kimbro’s head coach. “Jenny is one of the all-time conference point scorers in the history of Iowa track and field.”
Kimbro, the daughter of Jeff and Michelle (O’Malley) Kimbro of Catlin, and the granddaughter of Marian and the late John Kimbro of Fillmore and Dennis and Doris O’Malley of Nokomis, has a laundry list of accomplishments that would make most teams jealous, let alone individuals.
“She’s been a Big Ten champion in the hurdles, school record holder in the multis, and a NCAA qualifier in all of those events and the 400 hurdles,” Coach Woody said. “(She) has contributed on our 4x100 and 4x400 relays that have qualified for the NCAA championships and been a Big Ten champion on the indoor 4x400.
In her most recent trip to the NCAA Championships, Kimbro finished 18th in the heptathlon with 5,381 points. Her 18th place finish in the gruelling seven-event competition (100-meter hurdles, high jump, shot put, 200-meter dash, long jump, javelin, and 800-meter run) was good enough to earn her honorable mention All-American honors in her senior year.
In the classroom, Kimbro has been just as good. An art major with an emphasis on graphic design, Kimbro was the school’s B1G Sportsmanship Award winner, an Academic All-Big 10 honoree, a B1G Distinguished Scholar, a U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association all-academic member and a dean’s list and president’s list student.