Marisa Howard Finishes 2nd in Steeple Final

Marisa Howard sped past four runners in the final lap to finish second in the nation in the women's steeplechase in Eugene.

Boise State's Marisa Howard kept her position throughout the grueling steeplechase tonight, then made up ground on all but one in the final kick to place second in the nation at the NCAA Track & Field Championships in Eugene, Oregon.

Howard, who came into the meet with the eighth-fastest time at 10:00.58, broke her own school record Wednesday night in the semifinal, becoming the first Bronco to run the steeple in sub-10 minutes (9:58.45).

Howard shattered that tonight. She stayed in sixth most of the race, and was in that position at the bell signaling one lap to go. Gradually, Howard began to improve her position, fifth, then fourth, then, in the final 200 meters, she ran down #1-ranked Shalala Kipp of Colorado and Rachel Johnson of Baylor.

Howard's time: an amazing 9:43.82.

Marisa earned All-America honors for her outstanding run, and picked up eight team points for Boise State. The Broncos are currently in a tie for seventh in the women's standings with 18 points, and Emma Bates will try to add to that total in the 5,000 meters tomorrow night.

Congratulations, Marisa on a super run--Bronco fans are thrilled!

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