DES MOINES, Iowa -- Turns out the third time was the charm for the University of Colorado's Shalaya Kipp on Friday night.
The CU junior won the women's 3,000-meter steeplechase at the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships to become the third Buff in school history to win the event. Kipp was already a two-time All-American in the event.
She won Friday's race in 9 minutes, 49.02 seconds.
"It feels incredible," Kipp said. "I've dreamt about it for a long time, so now to actually have a national title feels really cool. When you actually do it, it's even better than you thought."
The race was one of the closest for Kipp this season as Florida's Genevieve LaCaze was running right with her throughout the course of the race.
The pair of runners started to pull away from the field with about three laps remaining and with just less than two laps left, LaCaze actually passed Kipp and put a couple of meters between the two.
On the bell lap Kipp reclaimed the lead and after the final barrier it was a sprint to the finish. Kipp's closing speed did the trick as she crossed the line first.
LaCaze finished just over a second behind in 9:50.25.
"From the beginning of the race I went up to the front, I had my plan," Kipp said. "I wasn't behind anyone so it wasn't blind to me. I didn't want any mishaps, to fall over a barrier or something. I had clear water jumps, so that was nice. Then about 800 meters to go Genevieve LaCaze came upon me, and she overtook the lead. I started to doubt myself. I wasn't sure if I could hold on, but with about 200 meters left I found something in me and was able to kick it home to the finish. You always want to be able to kick over that last barrier. You watch so many falls when people hit it. So we do a lot in practice and it paid off today."
Kipp and LaCaze outran the rest of the field by more than 10 seconds and were the only two to finish in less than 10 minutes. Dartmouth's Alexi Pappas was the third runner across the finish in 10:01.20.
Kipp is the third Buff to win the women's NCAA steeplechase and the victory marks CU's fifth title in seven years in the event. Jenny (Barringer) Simpson won in 2006, 2008 and 2009 and current Buff Emma Coburn, won in 2011.
The national championships wrap-up today and the Buffs have two more participants vying for nationals titles. Junior Aric Van Halen will run in the men's steeplechase at 10:52 a.m. and senior Jessica Tebo will run in the 5,000-meter run at 11:19 a.m. The men's steeplechase will be streamed live at ESPN3.com and the 5K will be televised live on ESPNU. Live results can be accessed on NCAA.com, GoDrakeBulldogs.com and flashresults.com.
Women's NCAA steeplechase
Jim Duncan Track
Des Moines, Iowa
Top eight scorers only -- 1. Shalaya Kipp, CU, 9:49.02; 2. Genevieve LaCaze, Florida, 9:50.25; 3. Alexi Pappas, Dartmouth, 10;01.20; 4. Astrid Leutert, Florida State, 10:02.07; 5. Colleen Quigley, Florida State, 10:05.61; 6. Melanie Thompson, Oregon, 10:07.18; 7. Alyssa Kulik, Clemson, 10:07.54; 8. Rebeka Stowe, Kansas, 10:12.16.