To be clear, I’m not saying Coburn is a better runner than Simpson. Just saying that the fact that Coburn is a better steepler than Simpson tells us what a high-caliber runner Coburn is. By her own account, Simpson specialized in the steeple for over 4 years. It’s not like she just dabbled in it. Her main impetus for switching to the 1500 in 2011 was to avoid injury because, as she says, the steeple is such a tough high-impact event. All the more reason to celebrate Coburn’s sustained success.