Release: 06/21/2012 Courtesy: Linda Poncin Sprouse, Assistant SID
BOULDER – The University of Colorado track and field team will have a huge presence at the 2012 U.S. Track & Field Olympic Trials June 22-July 1 in Eugene, Ore.
The Buffs will have current and former student-athletes, as well as current assistant coaches competing for a spot on the U.S. team for the London Olympics. One of the most notable athletes competing for the Buffs this year is Emma Coburn, the reigning USATF 3,000-meter steeplechase champion. Earlier this season she recorded a time of 9:25.28 at the Nike Prefontaine Classic, the fastest time ever run on American soil. The time placed fifth overall and Coburn was the top American in the field.
Her teammate, Shalaya Kipp, is fresh off of winning the 2012 NCAA Steeplechase Championship. She ran a PR of 9:43.09 at the Payton Jordan Cardinal Invite in April and never lost a collegiate steeplechase race during the season. Her time is the fourth best by an American this season. Aric Van Halen and Joe Morris are the other Buffs heading to nationals.
Aric Van Halen finished 10th at the NCAA Championships in the steeplechase and Joe Morris will compete in both the 100 and 200-meter dashes.
Assistant coach Casey Malone is no stranger to this meet as he is making his fifth trip. He is a two-time Olympian, qualifying in 2004 and 2008. Malone participated in the trials in 1996 and 2000 before earning a spot on the 2004 roster. Malone is a two-time U.S. Champion in the discus.