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Coburn Cruises To Women’s Steeplechase Title At U.S. Nationals

The 23-year-old edged her closest challengers by 50 meters at the finish.

Emma Coburn set a meet record en route to winning her third national 3000-meter steeplechase title at the USA Track & field Championships over the weekend.

The 23-year-old crossed the finish line in 9:19.72, well ahead of second-place finisher Ashley Higginson (9:27.59) and third-placed Stephanie Garcia (9:32.76). Coburn, who has won the race at three of the last four national championships, won by 50 meters over the pair after running the final two laps in 72.9 seconds and 71.6 seconds.

The race was contested in 90-degree temperatures.

“I’m not always very comfortable running in the heat, so my plan going into the race was to be pretty conservative and to run with the group for at least the first half,” Coburn said. “But with three and a half laps to go I felt great off the water jump. Right at three and a half laps to go I kind of took over.”

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