Wildcat Amber Henry finishes third in NCAA steeplechase

Jun 8 2013 - 8:38pm

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WSU's Amber Henry (right) and Florida State's Colleen Quigley
WSU's Amber Henry (right) and Florida State's Colleen Quigley
WSU's Amber Henry (right) and Florida State's Colleen Quigley
WSU's Amber Henry (right) and Florida State's Colleen Quigley

EUGENE, Ore. -- Amber Henry capped one of the best individual seasons in Weber State history by finishing third in the women's 3,000-meter steeplechase at the NCAA outdoor track and field championships Saturday in Eugene, Ore., earning All-America honors for the second-straight season.

Henry, a native of Mountain View, Wyo., posted a career best time of 9:43.39 to claim third place at the national meet. That time is the second fastest in Weber State history and is more than eight seconds faster than her previous career best.

"I went out at fast pace but I felt good throughout the race," Henry said. "I probably got a little fatigued at the end but I'm pleased with my finish. I knew I could run that fast but hadn't done it yet, so this is definitely a confidence booster for me. This is great motivation and will keep opening more opportunities for me to get better."

"Amber ran a great race and really competed hard," WSU distance coach Paul Pilkington said. "That's a great improvement on her career best and she just missed the world championship qualifying time. She is definitely moving to a different level nationally."

Emma Coburn of Colorado won the women's race with a time of 9:35.38. Colleen Quigley of Florida State was second.

Henry's third place finish is the best finish by a Wildcat since Lindsey Anderson took second in the steeplechase at the 2007 NCAA championships.

The race wrapped up a stellar season for Henry who won the Big Sky title in cross country and earned All-America honors. She also won three Big Sky titles at the conference outdoor championships.

 

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