Colorado’s Emma Coburn has been named USA Track & Field’s Athlete of the Week after she set the world lead in the 3,000m steeplechase at Payton Jordan Invitational at Stanford University on Sunday.Emma Coburn

The former American Junior record holder took the lead from the start of the race and never relented, putting more than 40 meters between her and the rest of the field. Coburn clocked a 9:40.51 to shave 11 seconds off her PR. She became the 11th fastest on the U.S. all-time list and earned the Olympic ‘A’ standard.

After her race, Coburn told Flotrack, “My goal was to get the [Olympic] standard and break 9:40. So I got one big goal, and I’m getting close to the other one.”

The Crested Butte, Colo. native’s award comes on the heels of Coburn earning both the Big 12 and CU Athlete of the Week honors. Coburn ranks second on CU’s all-time performers list and the time is the 13th best ever recorded by a Buff. She shaved 11 seconds off of her previous PR of 9:51.86 which she recorded at the 2010 NCAA Championship en route to a runner-up finish.

Colorado is off this week but will be back in action May 13-15 at the 2011 Big 12 Outdoor Track & Field Championship in Norman, Okla. Coburn is the reigning Big 12 Champion in the steeplechase as she won the event in 2010.

Source: USATF and CU Buffs


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