Michaela Mannova made a big push over the final three laps to pass the leader and win the national championship in the 3,000-meter steeplechase. Mannova finished in a new NCAA Championships record of 9:45.94 to give the Cougars back-to-back national titles in the steeplechase (Elizabeth Jackson won the steeplechase title last year for BYU).
After hanging with the pack for most of the race, freshman Michaela Mannova moved to the front with only three laps to go. Northern Arizona's Ida Nillson pushed past Mannova and lead the race coming into the bell lap. After falling into second, Mannova stayed with Nillson and made it a two-person race over the final lap. With just over 300 meters remaining in the race, Mannova made a strong move to catch Nillson and passed her after going over the water hurdle. Mannova stretched her lead to three meters from there, easily winning the national title.