EUGENE, Ore. -- Colorado senior-to-be Emma Coburn won the women`s USA 3,000-meter steeplechase title on Sunday.

Coburn, the 2011 Big 12 and NCAA champion, won her first U.S. 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. "This is the time of the year where most racers are at their peak, so I knew the level of competition would be high."

Coburn will now have an opportunity to compete on the world stage as a member of Team U.S.A. at the IAAF World Championships, Aug.

Emma Coburn, third from left, leads the pack through the water jump on her way to winning the women’s 3,000-meter steeplechase during the U.S. track
Emma Coburn, third from left, leads the pack through the water jump on her way to winning the women's 3,000-meter steeplechase during the U.S. track and field championships in Eugene, Ore., Sunday, June 26, 2011. Coburn finished with a time of 9 minutes, 44.11 seconds. (AP Photo/Don Ryan) ( Don Ryan )
27-Sept. 4, in Daegu, Korea.

She will join CU assistant coach Billy Nelson, who won the men`s 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. Dodson placed third in the finals of the 200-meter dash, clocking a wind-aided mark of 20.07. Walter Dix won the race in 19.95, Dodson made the finals after finishing third in the semis earlier in the afternoon. 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.

U.S. track championships

At Hayward Field

Eugene, Ore.

Men

200 Final

1, Dix, 19.95. 2, Patton, 19.98. 3, Dodson, 20.07. 4, Mitchell, 20.31. 5, Austin, 20.31. 6, Crawford, 20.39. 7, Salaam, 20.43. 8, White, 20.48.

800 Final

1, Nicholas Symmonds, Oregon TC Elite, 1:44.17. 2, Khadevis Robinson, Nike, 1:44.49. 3, Charles Jock, Cal-Irvine, 1:44.67. 4, Tyler Mulder, Oregon TC Elite, 1:45.59. 5, Mark Wieczorek, unattached, 1:46.00. 6, Casimir Loxsom, Penn State, 1:47.87. 7, Samuel Borchers, Penn State, 1:48.91. 8, Robby Andrews, Virginia, 1:51.68.

400 Hurdles Final

1, Jeshua Anderson, unattached, 47.93 (47.921). 2, Bershawn Jackson, Nike, 47.93 (47.930). 3, Angelo Taylor, Nike, 47.94. High Jump Final

1, Jesse Williams, Oregon TC Elite, 7-9¼. 2, Dustin Jonas, Nike, 7-7. 3, Erik Kynard, Kansas State, 7-53/4.

Shot Put Final

1, Adam Nelson, Saucony, 72-53/4. 2, Christian Cantwell, Nike, 71-9. 3, Reese Hoffa, NYAC, 71-83/4.

Women

200 Final

1, Solomon, 22.15. 2, Jeter, 22.23. 3, Tarmoh, 22.28. 4, Knight, 22.35. 5, Duncan, 22.35. 6, Moore, 22,58, 7, Richards-Ross, 22.68. Durst, DQ.

800 Final

1, Alysia Montano, Nike, 1:58.33. 2, Maggie Vessey, New Balance, 1:58.86. 3, Alice Schmidt, unattached. 4, Phoebe Wright, Nike, 1:59.25. 5, Geena Gall, Oregon TC Elite, 1:59.76. 6, Erica Moore, unattached, 2:00.17. 7, Molly Beckwith, Saucony, 2:00.93. 8, Christine Schmaltz, North Dakota State, 2:01.17.

100 Hurdles Final

1, Wells, 12.50. 2, Carruthers, 12.59. 3, Harper, 12.65. 4, Powell, 12.76. 5, Ali, 12.86. 6, James, 12.94. 7, Smith, 12.98. Lewis, FS.

3,000 Steeplechase Final

1, Emma Coburn, Colorado, 9:44.11. 2, Bridget Franek, Oregon TC Elite, 9:44.90. 3, Delilah DiCrescenzo, NJ-NY TC/Puma, 9:46.31. 4, Stephanie Garcia, Virginia, 9:51.57. 5, Sara Hall, Asics, 9:52.52. 6, Lindsay Allen, McMillan Elite/adidas, 9:56.65. 7, Lisa Aguilera, Nike, 9:59.30. 8, Mason Cathey, Saucony, 9:59.97. 9, Shalaya Kipp, Colorado, 10:01.85. 10, Nicole Bush, New Balance, 10:02.87. 11, Rebeka Stowe, Kansas, 10:05.03. 12, Lindsay Sundell, unattached, 10:07.83. 13, Stephanie Pezzullo, Sun Elite, 10:09.43. 14, Shayla Houlihan, Brooks, 10:16.97.

Pole Vault Final

1, Kylie Hutson, Nike, 15-3. 2, Jennifer Suhr, adidas, 15-1. 3, Lacy Janson, Nike, 14-9.

Long Jump Final

1, Brittney Reese, Nike, 23 feet, 7¼ inches. 2, Janay DeLoach, Nike, 22-10½. 3, Funmi Jimoh, Nike, 22-7.

Heptathlon

Final Standings -- 1, Sharon Day, Asics, 6,085 points. 2, Ryann Krais, Kansas State, 6,030. 3, Chantae McMillan, Nebraska, 6,003. 4, Bettie Wade, Nike, 5,949. 5, Abbie Stechschulte, unattached, 5,927. 6, Hyleas Fountain, Nike, 5,861. 7, Emily Pearson, unattached, 5,787. 8, Barbara Nwaba, unattached, 5,733. 9, Lindsay Lettow, Central Missouri, 5,547.10, Kasey Hill, unattached, 5,507. 11, Elizabeth Roehrig, unattached, 5,497. 12, Whitney Carlson, North Dakota State, 5,302. Bridgette Ingram, LEMANS Track Club, DNF.