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Buffs Alum Coburn Wins USATF Steeplechase For 10th National Title

Jun 26, 2022

EUGENE, Ore. — University of Colorado alum Emma Coburn used a powerful surge over the final lap Sunday to win her 10th USA Track and Field outdoor championship, clocking a 9:10.63 to win the 3,000-meter steeplechase at Hayward Field and earn a berth on the Team USA world championships squad.

Colorado alums Val Constien (9:42.96) and Madie Boreman (9:46.71) finished eighth and ninth, respectively, in the steeplechase.

Also Sunday, CU alum Eduardo Herrera finished 13th in the men's 5,000, finishing in 13:27.05. In the women's 5,000, Abby Nichols came on strong over the final few laps to move from 22nd to 15th at the finish, clocking a 16:10.72.

In the women's 800 final, Sage Hurta finished seventh against a loaded field, crossing the line in 1:59.43.

Coburn spent the spring getting in some extra speedwork with former Buff and current training teammate Dani Jones and the results showed Sunday. 

Coburn ran with the lead group for virtually the entire race and moved into the front with roughly 1.5 laps to go. Then she put the hammer down, pulling away from what had been a tightly grouped lead pack of three to win going away for her 10th overall U.S. outdoors steeplechase title and eighth in a row.

Also earning berths alongside Coburn on the Team USA's world championships squad were Courtney Wayment (9:12.10) and Courtney Frerichs (9:16.18).

Coburn also owns an Olympic bronze medal (2016) as well as a gold (2017) and silver (2019) in the world championships. She will have a chance to add to that total in July when the world championships are held at Hayward Field, the first time the worlds have been contested on American soil.