Crested Butte alum Emma Coburn captures steeplechase title at USA Track's Outdoor Championships


Emma Coburn, who graduated from Crested Butte in 2008, won her seventh national title at the USA Track & Field Outdoor Championships on Saturday.

Coburn won the 3000-meter steeplechase in 9:17.70. It was the seventh consecutive year she'd won the event at the American championship, including Olympic Trials years. A two-time Olympian, Coburn also won the steeplechase at the World Championships last summer.

"I was just trying to be relaxed, trying to run my own race," Coburn told USATF after the race. "I was just really trying to focus on running a race that maximized my skills, given the conditions, given that it would be maybe warm, maybe a little windy."

At Crested Butte, Coburn won multiple championships over the course of her career in the 800, 1600 and 3200 races at the state track and field championships.

She went on to compete in track and cross country at the University of Colorado, and won two NCAA championships.