Pasco High grad Marisa Vander Malle-Howard shines at NCAA meet

June 14, 2014 

Boise State’s Marisa Howard passed several runners on the final lap and surged to a second-place finish in the finals of the 3,000-meter steeplechase Friday night at the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships at Hayward Field in Eugene.

Howard (nee Vander Malle), a 2010 graduate of Pasco High, found an extra gear during a suspense-filled final lap, tracking down and passing Baylor’s Rachel Johnson just before the finish line to break a decade-long Mountain West record with a time of 9 minutes, 43.82 seconds. Michigan State’s Leah O’Connor won in 9:36.43.

With the second-place finish, Howard earns first-team all-American honors and records the best 3,000-meter steeplechase performance in Boise State women’s outdoor track and field history.

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