The University of Colorado dominated the 3,000-meter steeplechase, sweeping both the men's and women's titles at the 2013 Pac-12 Track & Field Championships on Saturday in Los Angeles.

Seniors Aric Van Halen and Emma Coburn each won their first individual Pac-12 steeplechase titles. Van Halen won his race in 8:41.73 after a runner-up finish in 2012 and Coburn ran 9:55.67 after redshirting the 2012 season. This was the first time since 2007 that CU has taken home the men's and women's conference titles; that year Jenny Barringer and Billy Nelson won a pair of Big 12 titles.

Van Halen had a very good race and was running with Cal's Collin Jarvis who won the steeplechase last year. The duo was 1-2 for the entire race and with about 500 meters to go; Van Halen went to the lead and started to pull away from Jarvis. He continued to put some distance between him and Jarvis and safely cruised to victory a full six seconds in front of Jarvis (8:47.82).

"Aric took a bad spill a couple weekends at the Payton Jordan Invitational," coach Mark Wetmore said. "He's been a little beat up since then, so we wanted to run a little bit conservatively today and see how his body felt. I told him that he was going to be fine once the race got going and he was. He's a good closer, especially when he has some momentum going."

Coburn also ran a very conservative race compared to what she normally runs as she ran the first half of the race in second with a pack of runners. At the halfway point, Coburn decided it was time to put some space between her and the rest of the field and quickly put 10 meters between her and the chase pack. As Coburn entered the final lap, she had worked up a 25 meter lead and cruised to the finish. Her time broke the Katherine B. Loker Stadium record which had been 10:33.70 (set in 2005).

"Traffic in a steeplechase can be problematic and a person who has no practice in it can be at a disadvantage," Wetmore said. "When you are a 9:30 steeplechaser in the NCAA, you run alone all of the time, and then when you move on to the next level, all of a sudden the traffic is new. So, some of the plan today was to run a few laps with people splashing and bumping around."

Pac-12 Championships

Team Scores

Men (after 7 events): 1. UCLA, 53.50; 2. Oregon, 49.50; 3. Washington, 37; 4. Colorado, 34; 5. Arizona State, 29; 6. California, 22; 7. Stanford, 14; 8. USC, 12; 8. Arizona, 12; 10. Washington State, 10.

Women (after 8 events): 1. Arizona, 60; 2. Arizona State, 45; 3. UCLA, 33; 4. Stanford, 32; 5. Oregon, 30.50; 6. Colorado, 27; 7. Washington State, 23; 7. Washington, 23; 9. California, 20.50; 10. USC, 9; 11. Oregon State, 6; 12. Utah, 3.

Track Events

Women's 3,000-meter steeplechase (finals): 1. Emma Coburn, 9:55.67; 9. Diana George, 10:29.97.

Men's 3,000-meter steeplechase (finals): 1. Aric Van Halen, 8:41.73; 3. Blake Theroux, 8:49.99; 4. Hugh Dowdy, 8:50.75; 8. Jonny Stevens, 9:01.85.

Women's 10,000 (finals): (1. Jen Bergman, UA, 34:17.09) Jana Stolting, DNF

Men's 10,000 (finals): (1. Lawi Lalang, UA, 28:14.63) 3. Pierce Murphy, 29:36.48; 5. Richard Medina, 29:42.14; 8. Martin Medina, 29:52.91; 14. David Kilgore, 30:55.84; 15. Dillon Shije, 31:58.76

Field Events

Women's Hammer Throw: (1. Chelsea Cassulo, ASU, 223-1) 7. Emily Hunsucker, 199-0

Women's Long Jump: (1. Christabel Netty, ASU, 21-11) t6. Abrianna Torres, 19-11.75

Women's High Jump: (1. Brigetta Barrett, UA, 6-6.25) 8. Kelsey English, 5-8.75

Men's Javelin: (1. Sam Crouser, UO, 249-04) 10. Brian Owens, 205-0; 20. Brock Emory, 155-10

Women's Shot Put: (1. Julie Labonte, UA, 57-00.25) 13. Abrianna Torres, 45-4.50