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    2014 USATF: wSteeple--Emma Coburn 9:19.72 (MR; x, 3 US)
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    Nobody's started a thread for this event, so here it is.

    Were the prelims the fastest USATF heats ever?
    In fact, was this the deepest collection of fast times ever in an Americans-only meet?
    Here's 3 numbers:

    19 women ran 9:58.65 or faster in 2 heats.
    14 women ran 9:48.94 or faster!
    And 6 women ran 9:40.27 or faster!

    And these were just the prelims!!

    Of the Qualifiers, Sara Vaughn and Aisha Praught got PR's.

    Could be quite a final!
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    Re: 2014 USATF--w3000SC--Coburn favored
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    Quote Originally Posted by aaronk
    Nobody's started a thread for this event, so here it is.

    Could be quite a final!
    Coburn's a superior talent. It might be a good race for second but first, unless disaster says otherwise, is taken.
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    Re: 2014 USATF--w3000SC--Coburn favored
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    Quote Originally Posted by booond

    Coburn's a superior talent. It might be a good race for second but first, unless disaster says otherwise, is taken.
    Keep in mind the name of Jamie Cheever!
    Remember what happened at Stanford a year or two ago?

    Cheever ran the race of her life, improving by 22 seconds, and finished within a second of Coburn!!

    As I noted in my initial post, the heats were very fast.....and deep.

    Is there a "Jamie Cheever" among them??
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    Re: 2014 USATF--w3000SC--Coburn favored
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    Are they fast in the context of American women... maybe. Are they fast... no.

    Could someone make a huge leap forward... sure. But you could say that at any time for any event for any person. The odds of experienced runners midseason doing this is tiny.

    Coburn should toy with this field.

    BTW, Jamie Cheever lost that race.
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    Re: 2014 USATF--w3000SC--Coburn favored
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    Top eight times in women's steeplechase qualifying round last night were all under most recent "A" entry standard of 9:43 for Olympic Games (2012) and World Championships (2013).

    Top six qualifiers last night finished in a one-second span -- suggesting an interesting final at Sacramento though TV tends to cut away during middle third of a steeple competition.
    . . . First race: 1-Aisha Praught 9:39.77; 1-Bridget Franek 9:39.56; 2-Aisha Praught 9:39.77; 3-Nicole Bush 9:40.22; 4-Stephane Garcia 9:40.27.
    . . . Second race: 1-Emma Coburn 9:39.26; 2-Ashley Higginson 9:40.26.
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    Re: 2014 USATF--w3000SC--Coburn favored
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    Quote Originally Posted by James Fields
    Top eight times in women's steeplechase qualifying round last night were all under most recent "A" entry standard of 9:43 for Olympic Games (2012) and World Championships (2013).

    Top six qualifiers last night finished in a one-second span -- suggesting an interesting final at Sacramento though TV tends to cut away during middle third of a steeple competition.
    . . . First race: 1-Aisha Praught 9:39.77; 1-Bridget Franek 9:39.56; 2-Aisha Praught 9:39.77; 3-Nicole Bush 9:40.22; 4-Stephane Garcia 9:40.27.
    . . . Second race: 1-Emma Coburn 9:39.26; 2-Ashley Higginson 9:40.26.
    I hope for an exciting final with a few women chasing Coburn to the finish.
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    Re: 2014 USATF: wSteeple--Emma Coburn 9:19.72 (MR; x, 3 US)
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    Coburn's performance, in addition to the distinctions noted in the thread title (MR, #3 USA a-t performance), now gives her 5 of the top 10 a-t USA marks.
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    Re: 2014 USATF: wSteeple--Emma Coburn 9:19.72 (MR; x, 3 US)
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    Prior to final I wrote, "TV tends to cut away during middle third of a steeple competition."
    (That's often the tactical portion for this race with 35 barriers.)

    TV did it again at this meet, cutting away for almost four minutes in the middle of women's steeple final on a hot early afternoon when Coburn ran away from a field of which two-thirds were slower than in their cooler evening heats (where eight runners were faster than "A" entry standard for 2012 Olympic Games and 2013 World Championships.)

    Major casualties in Sacramento's high-temperature final were Nicole Bush, Coburn's Colorado team-mate Shalaya Kipp, and Bridget Franek who did not finish.
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    Re: 2014 USATF: wSteeple--Emma Coburn 9:19.72 (MR; x, 3 US)
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    When she ran the earlier 9:19, I was of course impressed, and thought she would in the proper circumstances approach the AR this year. I probably never "expect" anything of these athletes, but upon seeing that 9:19, I could reasonably imagine her getting closer to 9:12. Now, having seen this 9:19', I am much more impressed, and the 9:12 does not seem so far away from where she is.

    Also, while I know there are no style points in this event, she is so efficient over the barriers -- fun to watch. Same goes for Jager, IMO.
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    Re: 2014 USATF: wSteeple--Emma Coburn 9:19.72 (MR; x, 3 US)
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    Yeah with the TV coverage breaking away and lack of good split information and time projections, along with Coburn's effortless gait, she looked like she was going to run 9:30 or so. She just makes it look so easy.

    What I love is that we have so many Americans right now who can run with and occasionally beat the Africans!
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