Emma Coburn

Photo courtesy of CU Buffs

Photo courtesy of CU Buffs

will have a chance to win one last NCAA 3,000-meter steeplechase title for the University of Colorado after cruising to an easy win in the semifinals on Thursday night at the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships at Historic Hayward Field.

The 2012 Olympian clocked a time of 9:46.76 to win not only the first heat, but the semifinal round as well. She outran the rest of the field by more than nine seconds as Cornell’s Rachel Sorna had the next fastest time at 9:55.84. (Sorna was also in the first heat with Coburn.) The second heat was won in 9:58.82 (Weber State’s Amber Henry).

The finals are on Saturday at 2:57 p.m. PT and will be broadcast live on ESPNU.

Coburn went to the front of the pack at the start and put about 10 meters between her and the rest of the field. After that, she was able to run a very smooth and controlled race as she continued to put distance between her and her competitors. Entering the bell lap, Coburn had built up a commanding lead, approximately 50-meters, and was able to cruise to the finish.

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