Woodbury's Maurer a national champion
Not many track athletes can call themselves a national champion. But, Woodbury's Anna Maurer can.
Representing the Woodbury Track Club, Maurer - who will be a senior at Hill-Murray High School in Maplewood this upcoming school year - won the 2000-meter steeplechase national championship in the women's 17 and 18 year-old field at the 2013 National Junior Olympic Track and Field Championships in Greensboro, North Carolina last week.
The steeplechase, which has been an Olympic event since the inception of the modern Olympics, is a distance race containing obstacles, including a jump into a pool of water.
Maurer won the steeplechase at the Junior Olympics by a wide margin, finishing in a time of 7 minutes, 19.88 seconds - over 20 seconds ahead of the second place finisher's time of 7:41.04.
Maurer was an All-State cross country runner for the Pioneers last fall as she finished in 10th place at the Class AA state meet. At state, the top 25 individual finishers earn the All-State designation.
Video of the steeplechase: