Event: 3,000m Steeplechase
PR: 9:22.73AR (2008)
Current Residence: Boulder, Colo.
High School: Oviedo (FL) HS ‘05
College: Colorado ‘09
Coach: Mark Wetmore
Career Highlights: 3rd at 2008 Olympic Trials; 2007 USA Outdoor champion; Two-time NCAA champion ('06, '08)
Just weeks after making the Olympic Team, Barringer smashed the American record in the women's steeplechase, outrunning Olympic Trials champion Anna Willard in the final 30 meters and crossing the line in 9:22.73, a personal best by almost 7 seconds at the KBC Nacht meet in Heusden-Zolder, Germany. With her third-place finish at the 2008 U.S. Olympic Team Trials, Barringer qualified for her first Olympic Team. Barringer won her second NCAA title at the 2008 NCAA Championships when she won the women's 3,000m steeplechase in a collegiate record 9 minutes 29.20 seconds. It is the fastest time ever run on American soil and the second fastest time ever run by an American woman...Barringer burst onto the national scene in winning the women's 3,000-meter steeplechase at the 2007 AT&T USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Indianapolis. Her winning time of 9:34.64 was the second fastest time ever recorded by an American woman at that time. It was a CU record, NCAA record and meet record as well. Barringer had a strong showing in her freshman year of collegiate cross country, finishing in the top-10 in four out of five of her races, the only drop being at the NCAA Championship where she finished 43rd. At the Big 12 Championship she placed second and at the NCAA Mountain Region Championship she finished eighth. Barringer was named the Big 12 Newcomer of the Year to go along with all-conference and all-region honors as a freshman. She is a two-time All-Big 12 and All-Region selection and earned her first All-American cross country finish as a sophomore. A four-time all-Seminole Athletic Conference, all-region and all-state runner, Barringer is a five-time 4A Florida State champion on the track and three-time champion in cross country, and the 2005 state finalist for the Wendy's Heisman Award and finalist for the Sports Illustrated Got Milk Award. On the track she is a five-time state champion in the mile and 2-mile distances, holds the state mark in the mile (4:48) and the all-time state record in the 5k (16:55). Her additional prep records include the 800 (2:15), mile (4:48), 2-mile (10:18), 3-mile (18:36) as a freshman and 5k (16:55)...a political science major at Colorado, her hobbies include playing piano and she serves as an interpreter as she is fluent in sign language. Her volunteer work includes participating in local adopt-a-road programs, Habitat for Humanity projects as well as volunteering at the Ronald McDonald House.
2008: 3rd at Olympic Trials (9:33.11)...1st at Heusden (9:22.73AR)...NCAA Outdoor champion (9:29.20)
2007: USA Outdoor champion (9:34.64)... 7th in heats at World Outdoors (9:51.04)...7th at NCAA Outdoors (9:59.81)...ran 9:44.31 at Drake Relays...4th in 5,000m at Stanford (15:48.24) ...ranked #2 in the U.S. by T&FN...best of 9:34.64.
2006: NCAA Outdoor champion (9:53.04)...Big 12 runner-up...ranked #7 in U.S. by T&FN...best of 9:53.04.
2005: 3rd at USA XC Champs junior race...47th at World XC Juniors.
2004: Fla. HS XC champ...Foot Locker Regional XC champ...10th at Foot Locker Nationals...35th at World XC Juniors.