Air Force's Norris finishes Falcon career in U.S. Olympic trials steeplechase finals

Mahala Norris Concludes Season in Steeplechase Finals
Posted at 12:02 AM, Jun 25, 2021
and last updated 2021-06-25 02:03:52-04

EUGENE, Ore — Air Force's Mahala Norris wrapped up her incredible senior campaign with a 13th-place finish in the finals of the 3000-meter steeplechase.

The recently-commissioned second lieutenant for the U.S. Space Force accounted for the third-fastest time of her career – 9:41.59 – during her fourth steeplechase at Hayward Field in the last 14 days.

Earlier this week Norris was named the 2021 Mountain West Women’s Outdoor Track and Field Student-Athlete of the Year.

The native of Roseburg, Oregon, is the first Falcon to earn Mountain West Outdoor Student-Athlete of the Year since the award was created in 2008.

At the 2021 Mountain West Outdoor Track & Field Championships, the senior clocked Mountain WEst Championship meet records in the 3,000-meter steeplechase and 5,000-meter run, claiming Conference titles in both events. In the steeplechase, Norris finished with a time of 9:44.10, three seconds faster than the previous MW Championship record.

In the 5k, Norris recorded a time of 15:39.13, which is five seconds faster than the previous Conference Champion record.

At the 2021 NCAA Championships, Norris captured the national title in the 3,000-meter steeplechase, marking the fifth-straight MW student-athlete claim the women’s steeplechase title.

After crossing the finish line with a personal-best time of 9:31.79, Norris became the first Air Force female to claim a Division I national title in a running event.