This website provides a medium for a growing body of information, about steeplechase for girls and women, that has become too large for publication in the "Women's Steeplechase Report," an e-mailed newsletter produced by James E. Fields.
The website, designed and administered by steeplechaser and 2004 University of Nebraska graduate Ann Gaffigan, also provides an archive for results and other steeple information previously published in the Steeple Report.
The report and website audience includes athletes and their families, plus coaches, fans, journalists, meet directors, officials, and track statisticians. They currently reside in 52 nations.
We have aided development of women's steepling since the 1980s. Our "Women's Steeplechase Report," a volunteer service affiliated with no organization, has been distributed free via Internet since early 1996. We send about 30 issues each year.
For additions to the free mailing list, please provide name, e-mail address, location (USA show city or state; others show nation) and category: athlete, coach, journalist, meet director, parent, official, statistician, etc. Send to Steeplers@Earthlink.net.
For address changes, provide both old and new e-mail addresses.
|Dr. James E. Fields edits "Women's Steeplechase Report," a primary source of information for this website. He coached at University of Missouri, where he earned his Ph.D, and Seattle Olympic Club whose athletes won more than 100 place medals in national championship competition. Earlier he was an industrial engineering methods analyst, doing studies to develop human performance efficiency. Fields has also served as a professor and journalist, traveling to dozens of countries and observing quality track meets such as Olympic Games, World Championships, Grand Prix circuit plus its finale, and national championships. He has produced rules changes that pioneered USA women's cross country, distance running, and race walking. For awhile Fields was chair of the national women's rules committee. He now lives in Knoxville during the academic year, then in Seattle during summer months, volunteering in both regions as a certified track official.|
Ann Gaffigan is a computer programmer/web systems developer with a degree in Computer Science from the University of Nebraska in May 2004. Gaffigan incorporated as Gazelle, Inc. in April 2006. Her clients include the Nebraska School Activities Association and the Iowa High School Athletic Association. She has competed professionally in the steeplechase since winning the 3000m steeplechase at the 2004 USA Championships, setting a then-American Record of 9:39.35. She last competed in the 2008 Olympic Trials, finishing 10th.
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