Emma Coburn wins Olympic Trials, extending record reign amid absence of distance stars

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Grayson Murphy, Courtney Wayment and Summer Allen could earn their way onto the U.S. Olympic track team with a top 3 finish in the event

Three Utah natives will be competing for spots on the United States’ Olympic women’s 3,000-meter steeplechase team during the U.S. Olympic Track and Field Trials on Thursday night.

What are the odds one of them will be representing America at the 2021 Tokyo Olympics?

The first round of the women’s 3,000 steeplechase took place on Sunday. All three Utah runners competing in the final of the event Thursday night have competed at both the high school and college level in-state:

Thursday’s Olympic trials will be televised on NBC Sports Network, beginning at 7 p.m. MDT and running until 10 p.m.

The top two favorites to make the U.S. women’s 3,000 steeplechase team include 2016 Olympic bronze medalist Emma Coburn, who’s currently No. 2 in the world in the event, and Courtney Frerichs, the American record-holder in the event who also competed in the 2016 Olympics, finishing 11th.

Colleen Quigley, the other member of the U.S. Olympic women’s steeplechase team in 2016, withdrew from the Olympic trials earlier this week, saying in part on Instagram, “This is not a decision I take lightly and I am absolutely heartbroken knowing that I won’t have the opportunity to compete on behalf (of) Team USA.”

The top three finishers in Thursday’s final will represent the U.S. in the Olympics, with a caveat: if one of them lacks an Olympic qualifying standard time — it’s 9:30.00 in the steeplechase — they will be replaced by the next fastest athlete with a qualifying time. Of the 14 runners in Thursday’s final, eight already own Olympic qualifying standard times, including Murphy and Wayment.

With Quigley out, that leaves the opportunity for someone to capture that last Olympic spot, assuming that both Coburn and Frerichs will again qualify.

Leah Falland, who finished second behind Coburn in the second heat Sunday, owns a personal best time of 9:18.85, several seconds faster than the rest of the field. Beyond her, though, both Murphy and Wayment sit in a cluster of runners who could earn that third spot.

With her performance Sunday, Murphy has the fourth-best personal best among those competing in the 3,000 steeplechase final, while Wayment has the sixth. In Sunday’s first round, both finished just ahead of Frerichs in their heat.

A heat wave of historic proportions is headed toward the Pacific Northwest this weekend — The Washington Post reported the National Weather Service is using the word “unprecedented” to describe the extreme conditions — which would impact the U.S. trials being held on the University of Oregon campus in Eugene, Oregon.

The main brunt of the heat wave is expected to hit later in the weekend, and the National Weather Service said several Northwest states, including Oregon, could experience the highest recorded temperatures on record for the month of June.

The women’s 3,000 steeplechase will be the final race of the day Thursday — it is scheduled for 8:47 p.m. local time, 9:47 p.m. MDT — helping the runners avoid some of the higher temperatures from earlier in the day. Still, weather.com projects temperatures of 77 degrees in Eugene with light winds near the 9 o’clock hour.

Thursday’s Olympic trials will be televised on NBC Sports Network, beginning at 7 p.m. MDT and running until 10 p.m.

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