The Emma Coburn era of steeplechase dominance isn’t over yet at the USA Track and Field outdoor championships.
On Sunday, the former Colorado All-American and reigning Olympic bronze medalist continued her amazing streak of dominance at the national championships, capturing her sixth consecutive victory in the women’s 3,000-meter steeplechase and eighth overall on the final day of the meet in Des Moines, Iowa.
Coburn was able to advance through the preliminaries on Friday with little stress, and on Sunday she was able to use that break to her advantage. Coburn finished in 9 minutes, 25.63 seconds to edge Courtney Frerichs (9:26.61). Coburn trimmed nearly 26 seconds off the preliminary time of 9:51.43 she posted Friday.
Like fellow former Buff and Olympic medalist Jenny Simpson, who finished second in the 1,500 on Saturday, Coburn is scheduled to represent the U.S. in the world championships in two months in Qatar.
Another former Buffs runner, Connor Winter, finished 12th on Sunday in the men’s 5,000, finishing in 13:56.48. Winter also finished sixth in the 10,000 during the meet’s opening day on Thursday. Another runner who trains in Boulder with CU coach Mark Wetmore, Riley Masters, placed sixth with a time of 13:31.39.
Simpson originally was scheduled to compete in the women’s 5,000 on Sunday but did not start. No official announcement was offered as to why Simpson was a scratch, but there is a good chance she voluntarily withdrew as a healthy scratch after securing her spot in the world championships in the 1,500 on Saturday.