Coburn Named A Semifinalist for The Bowerman

NEW ORLEANS - University of Colorado senior-to-be Emma Coburn has been named one of 10 female semifinalists for the prestigious USTFCCCA The Bowerman award that will be handed out of the top male and female track and field athlete in the NCAA this coming November.

Coburn, a Crested Butte, Colo. native, recently won the 2011 NCAA 3,000-meter steeplechase championship in 9 minutes, 41.14 seconds. She held the top time in the event by an NCAA athlete during the 2011 season at 9:40.51, which she recorded on May 1 at the Payton Jordan Cardinal Invitational. Coburn earned CU, Big 12 and USATF Athlete of the Week Honors for the performance.

She had success at the Big 12 Outdoor Championship as well, winning her second title in the steeplechase in 9:57.39. Coburn was recently named CU's Co-Female Athlete of the Year due to her spring season and has garnered CU Athlete of the Week status five times this year.

During the indoor season Coburn won the Big 12 3,000-meter run in 9:17.46, the ninth fastest time ever by a Buffalo. She did so in the unseeded heat as she did not have a seed time heading into the meet. Coburn was a part of the CU distance medley relay team that recorded a school record and a fourth-place finish the previous night at the Big 12 meet as the anchor leg. The time of 11:22.87 broke a 12-year old record (11:23.34).

Her top event was the mile run. She ranks second on CU's all-time list and has three of the top four times. Her PR of 4:36.08 was set at the NCAA Championship where she placed eighth overall to earn her first indoor All-American honor.

With the collegiate season complete, the 10 semifinalists will be evaluated by the ten-person Bowerman Advisory Board and three finalists will be named from the group on Thursday, July 14.

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