NCAA 3,000m Steeplechase Preview - Princeton Sweep?
June 6, 2010
Men's And Women's Steeplechase Preview
Princeton has top contenders in both the men's and women's races with Donn Cabral and Ashley Higginson. Higginson is probably less likely to win with Penn State's Bridget Franek leading the field. Higginson has run a sub-10 this year and won her heat at regionals. But Franek emphatically won her heat by almost half a lap and, given her experience and toughness, is the clear favorite. Emma Coburn of Colorado is the other definite top contender along with Silje Fjortoft of SMU.
On the men's side there is no clear favorite. Cabral and Matt Hughes of Louisville ran national-leading times at the East regional. Richard Nelson of BYU is another top pick, along with 2009 NCAA runner-up Hillary Bor of Iowa State and Barnabus Kirui of Mississippi St.
LetsRun.com Picks - Men's Steeple
1. Donn Cabral
2. Hillary Bor
3. Richard Nelson
4. Matt Hughes
LetsRun.com Picks - Women's Steeple
1. Bridget Franek
2. Emma Coburn
3. Silje Fjortoft
Men Steeple Schedule:
6:15pm Wednesday - Semifinal
6:00pm Friday - Final
Women Steeple Schedule:
6:15pm Thursday - Semifinal
10:54pm Saturday - Final
Men's Steeple West Qualifiers
Men's Steeple East Qualifiers
Women's Steeple West Qualifiers
Women's Steeple East Qualifiers
The stage is set for an exciting NCAA Outdoor Championships weekend in Eugene, Oregon. We've worked together with our friends at TrackFocus.com to preview every event at the meet. In distance events, look for difficult double attempts from Andrew Wheating (800/1,500), Lisa Koll (10k/5k) and Sam Chelanga (10k/5k). In sprints, the men's 400 may be the fastest race in the world so far this year. In the team race, the Oregon men and women enter as slight underdogs to sprint powers Texas A&M and Florida, adding even more intrigue to the distance races. We'll see how much of a lift the Ducks get in front of home crowds at Hayward Field. The meet runs Wednesday-Saturday.
*NCAA Schedule, Info
*LetsRun.com's Emory Mort will be in Eugene covering the event, so check back for daily updates.
*TV: CBS College will air the championship live on Friday from 8-10 p.m. (EASTERN) and CBS will air it live on Saturday from 1-3 p.m. (EASTERN). NCAA.com will stream the rest of the championship online.
In case you're curious, 2009 NCAA steeplechase results
1 Jennifer Barringer SR Colorado 9:25.54 10
2 Nicole Bush SR Michigan State 9:40.49 8
3 Mel Lawrence FR Washington 9:40.98 6
4 Bridget Franek JR Penn State 9:48.57 5
5 Lennie Waite SR Rice 10:01.40 4
6 Erin Bedell JR Baylor 10:01.72 3
7 Sarah Pease SO Indiana 10:11.77 2
8 Zsofia Erdelyi SO Southern California 10:12.31 1
9 Stephanie Garcia JR Virginia 10:14.35
10 Patricia Loughlin SR Duke 10:15.56
11 Emma Coburn FR Colorado 10:22.58
12 Claire Michel SO Oregon 10:29.16
13 Danielle Bradley JR Baylor 10:34.16
-- Silje Fjortoft SO Southern Methodist DNF
1 Kyle Perry SR Brigham Young 8:29.24 10
2 Hillary Bor SO Iowa State 8:35.12 8
3 Stephen Lisgo JR Butler 8:35.49 6
4 Jake Morse SR Texas 8:38.25 5
5 Scott MacPherson SR Arkansas 8:38.87 4
6 Josh Karanja SR Eastern Michigan 8:40.16 3
7 Cory Thorne SR Louisville 8:45.86 2
8 Kyle Heath SR Syracuse 8:45.95 1
9 Chris Winter SR Oregon 8:46.06
10 Richard Nelson JR Brigham Young 8:50.08
11 Ricardo Estremera SR Albany 8:51.50
12 Donald Cowart SR Virginia Military 8:54.93
13 Gilbert Limo SO Texas Tech 9:00.28
14 Ryan Gasper JR Wisconsin 9:26.64
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