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Steen fourth at prestigious Harry Jerome Classic

Western Washington University’s Katelyn Steen placed fourth in the women’s 3,000-meter steeplechase at the 32nd annual Harry Jerome International Track Classic held Monday, June 8, at Swangard Stadium.

Steen, a senior from Sammamish, was timed in 10:15.08, just over two seconds off her school record set earlier this spring.

Maria Bernard won with a 10:00.38 clocking, followed by Kimber Mattoxus (10:02.97) and Regan Yee (10:06.14). Bernard and Mattoxus represented the United States, and Yee ran for Canada.

Last week, Steen was named WWU’s Female Athlete of the Year. She earned United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association All-America honors in three sports and placed among the top five at nationals in all of them.

Three weeks ago at the NCAA Division II Outdoor Track and Field Championships, Steen placed second in the steeplechase and third in the 5,000. At indoor nationals, she finished fourth in the 5,000 and 10th in the 3,000, and she was fifth at cross country nationals. That gave her five All-America awards, four first team and one second.

Last fall in cross country, Steen was named USTFCCCA West Region and Great Northwest Athletic Conference Athlete of the Year, placing first at both the conference and regional championships. She received region and conference all-star honors, both for the third time, and was a USTFCCCA DII National Athlete of the Week.

Steen also was the USTFCCCA West Region Athlete of the Year in indoor track, setting a school record in the 3,000 of 9:38.92. In outdoor track, she was the GNAC steeplechase champion for the second straight year with a meet record 10:14.16, and earlier in the season had a school and conference record of 10:13.01 in that event.

Steen was attempting to qualify for the USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships later this month at Eugene, Ore. She closed out a stellar four-year career which included six national appearances, two in outdoor track, one in indoor track and three in cross country.