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O'Connor defends her Big Ten title with a 10-second PR
Defending her 2012 3,000-meter steeplechase title, redshirt sophomore Leah O'Connor pushed ahead in the last 200-meters to earn the win. She won her second-straight gold medal honor by shaving 10 seconds off her personal-best time, clocking a 9:53.53. The mark moves her into third in the NCAA East Region and fifth in the nation. O'Connor has now won every Big Ten steeplechase that she has competed in as a Spartan....more
2013 Doha Women’s Steeplechase: Lydiah Chepkurui pulls off a big upset
The women’s steeple at the Diamond League opener in Doha, Qatar tonight featured five of the top six finishers from the London Olympics and four of the five women who went sub 9:10 last year.
In the end, the winner was a surprise. 27-year old Kenyan Lydiah Chepkurui, who came in with a 9:14.98 pb and didn’t make the Olympics last year (6th at Kenyan Trials), got the victory in a new personal best of 9:13.75 after a blistering last 1 km of 2:57.32 (last lap 67 low)....more
Coburn Runs World Leading Steeplechase Mark
STANFORD, Calif. – Just two days after a 1,500-meter race at the 104th Drake Relays in Iowa, University of Colorado senior Emma Coburn won the 3,000-meter steeplechase at the Payton Jordan Cardinal Invitational at Stanford on Sunday night with the best time in the world this year....more
Jamie Cheever Runs 9:29 to PR in the Steeplechase at Payton Jordan Meet; Achieves World 'A' Standard
Minneapolis/St. Paul - April 29, 2013 - Team USA Minnesota's Jamie Cheever ran a personal best of 9:29.13 (previous was 9:51.42) in the 3000-meter steeplechase at the Payton Jordan Invitational and finished second in the race after 2012 Olympian Emma Coburn from Colorado, who ran 9:28.26. Both women achieved the World 'A' standard in the steeple of 9:43 or better and are currently ranked #1 and #2 in the World in the event for 2013....more
Emma Coburn and Jamie Cheever run fastest times in the world this season
Colorado's Emma Coburn and Team USA Minnesota's Jamie Cheever ran the fastest (9:28.26) and second-fastest (9:29.13) times in the world this year, respectively, at the Payton Jordan Invitational Sunday evening. For Coburn, it came just 2 days after setting a 1500m PR at Drake Relays. For Cheever, it was a more than 20 second PR....more
Alexi Pappas wins Stanford Invite in Homemade Singlet
Alexi Pappas set a personal best (9:46.73) in winning the 3000m steeplechase at the Stanford Invitational in a singlet made by her friend as a birthday gift....more
Cornell's Rachel Sorna Sets Ivy League Record
Cornell junior Rachel Sorna continued her breakout season on Friday night, setting a new Ivy League record in the 3K steeplechase with a mark of 9:50.39.
Competing at the Spring Break Invitational in Irvine, Calif., Sorna bested the previous Ivy League record by two seconds. She also topped teammate Genna Hartung's meet record from the year before by 37 seconds....more
Bridget Franek Named USA Track & Field Athlete of the Week
Bridget Franek (Eugene, Ore.) has been named USA Track & Field’s Athlete of the Week after setting a 2,000m steeplechase American record of 6:19.09 at the Oregon Preview meet in Eugene on Saturday.
Franek’s time eclipsed the previous American mark of 6:20.66 set by Carrie Messner in 2007....more
Emma Coburn wins NCAA title, nearly breaks meet record
The University of Colorado's Emma Coburn added to her list of glittering accomplishments Saturday by winning the mile at the NCAA Division I Indoor Championships, nearly breaking the meet record. An Olympian last summer in the steeplechase, Coburn finished in 4 minutes, 29.91 seconds, only 0.19 off the meet record set by Tennessee's Sarah Bowman in 2009. Florida State's Amanda Wilson finished second, 1.9 seconds behind Coburn.
Olympic steeplechase in London awaits CU Buff teammates Emma Coburn and Shalaya Kipp
A Boulder native who grew up in Crested Butte, Emma Coburn has had trouble grasping the notion that she and teammate Shalaya Kipp will be running in the Olympics together in the same event. Kipp, who is from Salt Lake City, finished third at the trials....more
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