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Steeple Report's Final Issue: #700
September 18, 2016
In 2005 women's steeplechase was added to the World Championships meet and the partnership of SR with Ann Gaffigan’s "Steeplechics" website began. In 2008 the event was included at Olympic Games in Beijing which I attended Some of my track associates then expected that my steeple pioneer role was done and I would return full time to an earlier project -- writing a track history book for which they had provided some content. This issue, number 700, is my last Steeple Report after 21 years of free SR results. I will continue updating USA all-time lists and some other content for Steeplechics website. ... more

Upcoming Major Steeplechase Events
August 30, 2016
Diamond League, World Challenge and more ... more

Global Steeple 2016 Calendar additions
February 7, 2016
Five of the 13 IAAF World Challenge meets in 2016 will feature the women's steeplechase. ... more

IAAF Diamond League meets in 2016 with Women's 3000m Steeplechase
December 31, 2015
List of 2016 Diamond League meets including the women's 3000m steeplechase on the program ... more

Women's Steeplechase Timetable for 2016 Olympic Games
December 10, 2015
Heats: 10:05am on Saturday, August 13, Final: 10:25am Monday, August 15 ... more

2016 USA Olympic Trials Info & Schedule
December 1, 2015
The 2016 Olympic Track and Field Trials will be held July 1-10 at Eugene (except race walk, June 30 at Salem). ... more

2015 USATF Championships
June 24, 2015
Only 15 women are listed as qualified, accepted and declared for the women's steeplechase at this weekend's USA Track & Field Championships in Eugene, OR. A steeple semi-final on June 25 is required by USATF rule 166 IF "more than 18 report" for competition. Since just 15 qualified, it is reasonable to assume that this will be a final-only competition. ... more

2015 World Challenge Meets
December 21, 2014
In addition to the IAAF Diamond League there is another IAAF circuit, the 15 World Challenge Meets, each with a specified list of required events (labeled A, B. or C). ... more

2015 Diamond League Schedule
November 27, 2014
Schedule of 2015 Diamond League meets including the women's steeplechase. Also, 2014 World Championships and World Youth Championships dates and entry standards. ... more

Coburn Inches Closer to American Record
July 6, 2014
At the Paris Diamond League, Emma Coburn impressed again running a huge PR of 9:14.12 to come up just short of Jenny Simpson’s American Record of 9:12.50 while Stephanie Garcia set another PR as well. ... more

USA Team Selection Meet for 2012 World Junior Champs
March 7, 2012
The USATF Junior Championship meet will be held June 15-17 in Bloomington, Indiana. The two highest placers in the women's 3000m steeplechase at this meet "who have also met the 2012 IAAF World Junior Championships qualifying standard [11:00] during the prescribed qualifying period" will be the USA entrants.

The USA meet entry standard for 3000m steeple is 11:12.14 (or 7:27.14 for 2000m) achieved in a previous competition. USATF has further details on its website at the following link: ... more

2012 Diamond League Dates:
February 1, 2012
The 14-meet calendar for 2012 IAAF Samsung Diamond League is now available. Seven of the meets will include the women's steeplechase. ... more

USA Olympic Trials – 3 rest days for lady steeplers
January 28, 2012
The sequence of events for 2012 USA Olympic Trials at Eugene, Oregon (June 21-July 1) can be seen at this website: ... more

Eugene to host 2014 World Junior Championships
December 1, 2011
The International Association of Athletics Federations has awarded its 2014 World Junior Championships (for athletes age 16 through 19 on 31 December 2014) to Eugene, Oregon /USA. Eugene’s Register-Guard newspaper reportedly has shown July 22-27 of 2014 as likely dates for the championship meet. ... more

2012 World Junior Champs
November 7, 2011
2012 World Junior Champs, July 10-15 – Barcelona, ESP. This meet for age 18-19 accepts entrants age 16-17 in some events – including 3000m steeplechase for which entry standard is 11:00 achieved between 1 October 2011 and 2 July 2012. ... more

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Russia's Zaripova stripped of London Olympics steeplechase gold medal
November 21, 2016
Zaripova, who tested positive for turinabol, was among 12 athletes, including seven medallists, who were disqualified from their events following re-testing of samples, the IOC said.... more

CU to Honor Olympians Emma Coburn & Jenny Simpson On Oct. 1
September 29, 2016
University of Colorado will honor its two Olympic Bronze Medalists, Emma Coburn and Jenny Simpson, on Saturday, October 1 at a variety of events.... more

Behind the Scenes with Emma Coburn and Jenny Simpson
August 30, 2016
Video: Behind the scenes with Emma Coburn and Jenny Simpson ahead of Zurich 2016... more

Ruth Jebet Shatters the World Record
August 27, 2016
Ruth Jebet of Bahrain via Kenya took the women’s 3000m steeplechase into a new stratosphere by running 8:52.78 at the Paris Diamond League meet to obliterate the old world record of 8:58.81 set by Gulnara Galkina when she won the 2008 Beijing Olympics.... more

Simpson and Coburn aim for strong runs in Paris
August 26, 2016
Jenny Simpson and Emma Coburn, Olympic bronze medallists in the 1500m and the 3000m steeplechase respectively, are out chasing fast times post-Rio... more

The Controlled Chaos Of The Water Jump
August 1, 2016
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

Colleen Quigley launches website
August 1, 2016
Check out steeplechaser and Team USA member for Rio Colleen Quigley's new website!... more

Emma Coburn leads rapid rise of U.S. women steeplechase talent
July 8, 2016
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

Emma Coburn + Bowerman Track Club = Steeplechase Olympic Team
July 8, 2016
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

Courtney Frerichs Hopes Olympic Team Spot Caps Off Magical Season
July 6, 2016
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

Why Emma Coburn Is A Favorite To Break Her Own American Record At Track And Field Olympic Trials
July 5, 2016
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

Emma Coburn: Steeplechase barriers will 'leave you pretty scarred'
July 5, 2016
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

Ashley Higginson: Remaining at peace with the journey to Olympic trials
July 4, 2016
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
June 10, 2016
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
May 29, 2016
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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