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Results from Steeple Report 370:
Results from Women's Steeplechase Report, a free newsletter sent to readers about 30 times each year.

Automatic Timing and 3000m race distance unless stated otherwise. Reported Age, Birthdate, or Birth Year included (in parentheses) of athletes eligible for age-based championships such as Under age 23, Juniors, Youth, or Masters.

DNF=Did Not Finish MR = Meet Record; NR=National Record PB = Personal Best; SB = Season Best

USA Championships Final
June 24, 2006
Indianapolis, Indiana, USA
Automatic Timing
1-Lisa Galaviz, Nike 9:57.58; 2-Kristin Anderson, unattached/Central Missouri 9:57.98; 3-Delilah DiCrescenzo, Westchester TC 10:03.31; 4-Trina Cox, unattached/Abilene Christian 10:06.32; 5-Kelly Strong, Asics 10:07.64; 6-Carrie Messner, Asics 10:12.91; 7-Liz Wort, unattached/Duke 10:13.77; 8-Amanda Kuca, unattached/Concordia Wisconsin 10:14.11; 9-Jane Rudkin, Team XO 10:15.98; 10-Cassie Hunt, Illinois 10:16.54; 11-Ann Gaffigan; New Balance 10:19.71; 12-Rena Chesser; Brigham Young 10:24.61; 13-Kelly Siefker, Indiana 10:31.32; DNF: Dawn Cromer, Pacers/Brooks.

This meet has for years annoyed lady steeplers in varied ways such as changing distance, selection vs. entry, scant recognition, low barrier, short pit, inconsistent rulings, slim funding, flawed entry standards, useless heats. This year was similar but again the athletes prevailed -- with a cautious pace in the final for surprising results.

Without American record-holder Briana Shook and veteran champ Elizabeth Jackson (neither entered --for reasons not announced) pre-race favorite roles went to six ladies with personal bests under 10 minutes for 3000m steeple. Only one of them, winner Lisa Galaviz, broke 10 for the final in 80-degree heat where they were held at the start twice as long as the race. As a group that speedy six averaged 22.3 seconds slower than their bests.

After running heats not needed, the pack seemed weary and unwilling to challenge USA 2006 leader Carrie Messner before she faded at 2400 meters. Such a tactical race with an inevitable finish sprint brought some new faces to the front, notably Kristin Anderson (2005 NCAA Division 2 champ) with her first-ever sub-10 effort close to winner Lisa Galaviz.

Trina Cox, the 2006 Division 2 champ, took fourth behind veteran Delilah DiCrescenzo; and Division 3 Champ Amanda Kuca led the second half of the field.

Kenya Provincial Champs
June 24, 2006
Nyeri, Kenya
Hand Timing
1-Ruth Waithera, 10:55.0; 2-Rachael Wanjiru, 11:18.0; 3-Caroline Muthoni, 11:32.0.

Kenyan Provincial Champs
June 24, 2006
Nairobi, Kenya
Hand Timing
1-Pauline Njeri, 10:39.4; 2-Violet Kemunto, 11:11.3; 3-Susan Chepkok, 12:00.3.

USATF Junior National Champs
June 23, 2006
Indianapolis, Indiana, USA
Automatic Timing
1-Marie Lawrence, unattached / Reno HS 10:15.26; 2-Amy Fowler, Brigham Young Univ 10:18.88; 3-Katelyn Bowen, Weber State Univ 10:24.15; 4-Ashlyn Sinclair, Mach Los Track Club 11:29.21; 5-Meagan Hudson, Jefferson County Jets 11:41.92.

This small-field race, for athletes under age 20 throughout 2006, selects USA team entrants for the World Junior Championships in August at Beijing, China. Not entered were some good young USA steeplers, notably Lindsay Ferguson who is on the 2000m steeple World List with Lawrence. A possible reason is the 3000m distance (35 barriers) adopted by IAAF in 2004 for World Juniors although most nations use the shorter 2000m (23 barriers) for their juniors.

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