adidas americana CU Buffs’ Emma Coburn national champ in steeplechase
EUGENE, Ore. Colorado senior to be Emma Coburn won the womens USA 3,000 meter steeplechase title on Sunday. title in 9 minutes, 44.11 seconds.
Coburn ran in the front of the pack with Bridget Franek, the 2010 NCAA champion. It was a close finish, but Coburn was able to hold off Franek, finishing .79 second ahead of her (9:44.90).
“Bridget Franek helped me keep my pace the entire race,” Coburn said. at the IAAF World Championships, Aug.
She will join CU assistant coach Billy Nelson, who won the mens championship on Saturday.
Coburn became the second Buff under CU coach Mark Wetmore to win the USA title while in college. Former Buff Jenny (Barringer) Simpson won the title in 2007 and 2009.
Junior to be Shalaya Kipp was ninth in the steeplechase. She crossed the finish line in 10:01.85 to end her sopho more season. Kipp was third at the NCAA Championships earlier this month.
Current CU volunteer coach and former Buff standout Jeremy Dodson earned his first spot on an international roster. There he placed third with a time of 20.33.
Volunteer coach Emily Pearson finished her competition in the heptathlon on Sunday, placing seventh with 5,787 points.
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