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Borchers earns First Team All-American honors with strong finish

Tribune Staff • Jun 11, 2018 at 12:23 AM

Former Grand Haven standout and current University of Michigan star Claire Borchers made sure to save her best for last.

In her final race on the track as a Wolverine, Borchers used a strong final lap in the 3,000-meter steeplechase event to score her first individual All-American honors at the NCAA Outdoor Championships on Saturday in Eugene, Oregon.

With the race, Borchers became the school’s first top-eight finisher in the steeplechase since 2007. She ran the fastest final lap of anyone in the field to move from seventh to fourth in a new career-best nine minutes, 48.33 seconds. 

The final 100-meter stretch made all the difference for Borchers, as she kicked into an extra gear to beat Colorado's fifth-place Val Constien to the line by just .07 seconds, as part of a blanket finish that saw fourth through eighth place finish within exactly one second of one another.

One key difference in the race compared to past events for Borchers was that she decided to run from the back of the pack to start the race and follow the lead group closely from a safe enough distance through the early laps to avoid any mishaps at the barriers.

The end result was Borchers climbing from 12th place to fourth throughout the race and finishing with the fasted final lap of any competitor in the race at 72.09 seconds. 

Borchers closes the book on her career as a University of Michigan track athlete having run five sub-10-minute races in the steeplechase event —the most in school history. Her time on Saturday was the third-fastest time in school history behind of a pair of results from 2007 national champion Anna Willard.

Borchers will have one more season running for the Maize and Blue, as she will compete for the Michigan cross country team in the fall. 

 

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