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PURPOSE:

This website provides a medium for a growing body of information about steeplechase for girls and women.

The website, designed and administered by steeplechaser and 2004 University of Nebraska graduate Ann Gaffigan, includes competition results plus other steeple information including some content previously published separately in the "Women's Steeplechase Report."

Our global audience includes athletes and their families, plus coaches, fans, journalists, meet directors, officials, and track statisticians. They currently reside on six continents.


STEEPLE REPORT:

"Women's Steeplechase Report," a volunteer service affiliated with no organization, was distributed separately via Internet since early 1996. It is now included in Steeplechics website.

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CONTRIBUTORS:

Dr. James E. Fields prepares steeple results, notably those from outside USA, and some other content for this website. He coached at University of Missouri, where he earned his Ph.D, and for 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 and safety.

Fields later served as a magazine and newspaper editor, then professor of journalism, teaching communication law. He has traveled to dozens of countries -- observing quality track meets such as national championships, Grand Prix circuit, and Olympic Games. For awhile Fields was chair of two rules committees for the USA governing body and produced rules changes that pioneered USA women's cross country, distance running, and race walking. He directed the first-ever USA cross country championships for women plus a USA Olympic Trials race walk and numerous other national championships.

Photo by Sally McMillan




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., a web development and web systems firm, in April 2006.

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. In 2005 Ann set a then-American record of 6:29.2 for 2000m steeplechase She last competed in the 2008 Olympic Trials, finishing 10th.

Photo by Eric Naslund


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