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Colleen Quigley launches website
Check out steeplechaser and Team USA member for Rio Colleen Quigley's new website!...more

The Controlled Chaos Of The Water Jump
The steeplechase is like hurdles set to the music of "Yakety Sax." Instead of barriers that tip over, the steeplechase contains four immovable barriers and a 30-inch wall set in front of a 12-foot-long pool of water. Sound crazy? U.S. Olympic hopeful Emma Coburn shows how it's done....more

Emma Coburn + Bowerman Track Club = Steeplechase Olympic Team
On a rainy night at Hayward Field, Emma Coburn asserted her dominance and new Bowerman Track Club teammates Colleen Quigley and Courtney Frerichs kicked their way to their first Olympic team. Coburn ran 9:17 to win her second straight Olympic Trials steeplechase. Frerichs—the 2016 NCAA champ and collegiate record-holder—looked to be out of it with 400 meters to go as she trailed Stephanie Garcia by more than two seconds. But Quigley and Frerichs outkicked Garcia to give coach Jerry Schumacher two Olympians in the same event. ...more

Emma Coburn leads rapid rise of U.S. women steeplechase talent
Heading the U.S. team to Rio is American record holder Emma Coburn. Coburn ran away with the Thursday’s Olympic Trials final in a meet record 9:17.48. The leading American medal hopeful, Coburn faces stiff competition from international opponents, particularly Ruth Chebet of Bahrain and Hyvin Jepkemoi of Kenya, both of whom challenged the world record earlier this year. ...more

Courtney Frerichs Hopes Olympic Team Spot Caps Off Magical Season
A year ago this week, Frerichs was caught somewhat by surprise when she learned that James Butler, her coach at the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC), had decided to move on to the University of New Mexico and take a position under Lobo head coach Joe Franklin. In search of a place to complete her NCAA eligibility, Frerichs decided to follow Butler to altitude and train in Albuquerque....more

Emma Coburn: Steeplechase barriers will 'leave you pretty scarred'
Four-time U.S. national steeplechase champion Emma Coburn knows a thing or two about making big leaps, so perhaps it's no surprise that she jumped at the chance to be in the 2016 Body Issue. During a short break in her Olympic training, Coburn spoke with ESPN's Morty Ain about climbing mountains, her "Game of Thrones" obsession and why you don't call them "hurdles."...more

Why Emma Coburn Is A Favorite To Break Her Own American Record At Track And Field Olympic Trials
For nearly two years, Emma Coburn’s personal best in the 3,000-meter steeplechase was faster than the American record, and yet she wasn’t the American record holder. Weird, huh? Coburn ran 9 minutes, 11.42 seconds on July 12, 2014, in Glasgow, Scotland, in a Diamond League event. That was faster than the record of 9:12.50 set by training partner Jenny Simpson in August 2009. A beaming Coburn posed with the Glasgow scoreboard indicating her time....more

Ashley Higginson: Remaining at peace with the journey to Olympic trials
Ashley Higginson is a steeplechaser for the New Jersey-New York Track Club, which is headed by revered track and field coach Frank Gagliano. In May 2007, Higginson was named a Sports Illustrated Faces in the Crowd athlete. Just nine years later, she is on the cusp of making her Olympic dreams come true. Each month, Higginson will write a first-hand look for discussing her training, races, and preparation ahead of the 2016 U.S. Olympic Track and Field Trials in July and the 2016 Olympics in August.?...more

New Mexico's Courtney Frerichs breaks NCAA record in 3,000 meters steeplechase
New Mexico grad student Courtney Frerichs took advantage of the cool mid to high 60-degree temperatures and ran into the history books as she won the women’s steeplechase at the 2016 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships in style, running 9:24.41 to break Jenny Simpson’s 7-year-old 9:25.54 meet and collegiate record....more

Ruth Jebet Wins the Greatest Women’s Steeple Ever Run, Emma Coburn Gets American Record 9:10.76
This may not have been the fastest women’s steeplechase ever, but it was the greatest. Kenyan-born Ruth Jebet of Bahrain became the second woman to crack the 9:00 barrier, running 8:59.97, just holding off a furious challenge on the final lap by world champ Hyvin Kiyeng, who was 2nd just .04 back in 9:00:01. American Emma Coburn broke the American record in third in 9:10.76....more

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