#TBT (and late #WCW) to @trackjenny's record-setting season in 2009, which included a memorable 1500m performance at that year's PreClassic. Simpson (surname– Barringer) broke NCAA indoor records that winter in the mile (4:25.91), 5000m (15:01.70), and 3000m (8:42.03) which won her the NCAA indoor title. It was clear that Simpson was on a different level this year, but would the steeplechase specialist be capable of hanging with the world's best in the 1500m? At the PreClassic, she settled into the quick pace amongst those in the lead pack and sat. Going into the bell lap, Simpson found herself in 4th and about 1 second off of the leader. The pace was fast, yet it didn't seem to have done much damage on the strong American field and international athletes, the most surprising being Simpson. On the back stretch and around the turn, she switched into gear and passed a couple runners to move into 2nd and heated her pursuit on the Ethiopian. After a thrilling 62.05 closing lap by Simpson, she came just short by the smallest of margins to passing the Ethiopian at the line. 3:59.90 ...it was a brand new collegiate record by some 6+ seconds, though it also was only 1/100th of a second slower than the winner's time. Still, she had just become only the 4th American EVER to have gone under 4 minutes in the event. She finished out that NCAA season with another collegiate record in the 3000m steeplechase (9:25.54) for her 4th national title. Later in the month, she became a two-time US champion steeplechaser in qualifying for worlds being held that August in Berlin. At the championships, she made the final of the event and shattered her former American record by almost 10 seconds with a time of 9:12.50 for a 5th place finish. The year of many superb performances was enough to win the Bowerman Award that fall (an award given to the best college track and field athletes).
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