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Emmett runner qualifies for steeplechase final at Olympic Trials

Megan Rolland, center, competes in a women’s 3,000-meter steeplechase heat at the U.S. Olympic Track and Field Trials on Monday, July 4, 2016, in Eugene, Ore. Rolland finished second in the heat to Emma Coburn, right.
Megan Rolland, center, competes in a women’s 3,000-meter steeplechase heat at the U.S. Olympic Track and Field Trials on Monday, July 4, 2016, in Eugene, Ore. Rolland finished second in the heat to Emma Coburn, right. The Associated Press

Megan Rolland (Emmett High) placed second in the final heat and advanced to the women’s 3,000-meter steeplechase final at the U.S. Olympic Team Trials on Monday.

Rolland, who ran collegiately at Humboldt State and is sponsored by Oiselle, finished in 9 minutes, 37.90 seconds to earn the fifth of 14 spots in Thursday’s race (8:48 p.m., NBCSN). Emma Coburn won the third heat in 9:35.28.

The top three in the finals to the Rio de Janeiro Olympics next month; Rolland’s time Monday was 1.95 seconds behind No. 3 qualifier Stephanie Garcia.

Idaho Falls runner Erica Richardson of Boise Betties was 22nd overall, and ninth in Heat 1, in 9:58.43.

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