As the lone representative of the Eastern Michigan University track and field team, as well as the sole Mid-American Conference runner, Sophomore Victoria Voronko’s season came to an end over the weekend as she finished 21st in the 3,000-meter steeplechase at the National Collegiate Athletic Association Outdoor Track and Field Championship in Eugene, Ore.
Voronko finished with a time of 10 minutes, 30.5 seconds, finishing nine spots shy of qualifying for the finals.
2012 Olympian and Colorado University senior Emma Coburn went on to capture the 3,000-meter steeplechase title in 9:35.38, while Florida State University sophomore Colleen Quigley and Weber State University junior Amber Henry placed second and third with times of 9:38.23 and 9:43.89, respectively.
This is Coburn’s third overall national title as she captured the 2011 and 2013 indoor steeplechase titles.
Other Notable Championship Results:
University of Michigan redshirt sophomore Amanda Eccleston finished fifth in the 1,500-meter run with a time of 4:14.56 to earn All-America first team honors.
University of Notre Dame senior Rebecca Tracy placed fourth in the 1,500-meter run with a time of 4:14.42, while junior Alexa Aragon crossed the line eighth in 9:57.26.
On the men’s side, Michigan junior Ali Arastu finished fourth in the 400-meter hurdles in 49.37. As a result, he became the first All-American since Neil Gardner back in 1997.
Notre Dame senior Jeremy Rae placed fifth in the 1,500-meter hurdles, clocking in at 3:51.07.
Voronko’s Accomplishments In The Outdoor Season:
During the outdoor season, she set her personal bests in these events:
3,000M Steeplechase: 10:08.10 (NCAA East Regional, 05-24-13)
5,000M: 16:22.05 (Drake Relays, 04-25-13)
1,500M: 4:27.23 (MAC Outdoor Championships, 05-11-13)
Named MAC Track Athlete of the Week three times and was also named the Scholar Athlete of the Week in the conference twice.
You can watch the encore of the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships on ESPN3 and WatchESPN anytime.
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