The men's steeple performances are probably about 30 seconds slower than flat.. women's 40-50 seconds slower than flat. I agree with you that we will see more fast times from the women in the next few years, but not simply because of the weakness of the current times. 5 years ago, Jenny Simpson left the event because she thought that it would become much more competitive quickly, but instead it stalled. Emma Coburn should be commended, at least on the American stage for revitalizing the push for fast times in this event. Her gutsy style of driving for the win by 'laying down the hammer' is going to bring her great rewards in the form of PR's, but is serving as a kick in the pants to many other runners on the US and World stage as well. GO EMMA!