Bor and Coburn win national titles in Iowa; five other Coloradans qualify for world championships

7/29/2019
 


Results & Photos

(29-Jul) The 2019 USATF Outdoor Championships concluded yesterday in Des Moines, Iowa.  The meet began on Thursday and served as the Team USA qualifying meet for the IAAF World Championships to be held in late September in Doha, Qatar.  The top three athletes in each event earned a quailing spot on Team USA if they have also met the qualifying standard set by the IAAF.
 
A total of 45 Coloradans competed in Des Moines with two winning national titles and a total of seven earning a spot on Team USA for the world championships.
 
The national champions were both in the 3000m steeplechase.  Emma Coburn (Boulder) won her sixth straight and eighth overall U.S. title running 9:25.63.  She won the 2017 world title and will look to defend her title in Doha.  It will be her fourth world championships and sixth global championship competition, including two Olympic Games. In the men's race Hillary Bor (Colorado Springs, U.S. Army) outran his training partner Stanley Kebenei to win his first U.S. track title and make his second world championship team.  His time of 8:18.05 was a stadium record breaking Evan Jager's time fo 8:20.10 set at last year's championships. Kebenei finished in 8:19.12.
 
Joining Kebenei as silver medalists were a trio of veterans to international championship competition.  Jennifer Simpson (Boulder) qualified for her fifth world championship squad and will look to add to her collection of medals that includes a gold (2011) and two silver medals (2013, 2017).  She also won a bronze medal in the 1500m at the 2016 Olympics and finished 8th in the steeplechase at the 2008 Olympic Games in Korea.  Paul Chelimo, 2016 5000m silver medalist, finished second in a wild 5000m race that saw him lead the pack on world record pace through 1200m.  After that the pace slowed consideribly with laps as slow as 1:10 turning the race into one that was tatical.  At one point Chelimo, who led for most of the first 3000m, swung out to lane three and came to a near stop to allow eventual third place finisher Willy Kincaid to take a share of the pacing duties.  Chelimo covered the last lap in 53.68 seconds stopping the clock at 13:25.80 but was edged out by Lopez Lomong of Oregon by .27 seconds.  This will be his second world championships.  In 2017 he won the bronze medal in London.  Andrew Hunter of Boulder finished fifth running 13:29.19.  He will be the first alternate as Kincaid does not have the IAAF entry standard necessary to be named to the team.  Kara Winger (Colorado Springs) was attempting to win her third straight and ninth overall Javelin title. She held the lead through the first four rounds with a throw of 59.73 (195-11) but was overtaken by Ariana Ince who threw 61.06m (200-04) in round 5.  Of note, the winning throw by Ince was her only mark over 175 feet on the day. This will be Winger's second world championship team.
 
In the men's 10,000m Leorard Korir (Colorado Springs, U.S. Army) finished third in a time of 28:01.43 to earn his spot on the world team.  The race was won by Lopez Lomong in 27:30.06.

For a the complete Colorado results scoreboard click here.

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