UMKC Runner Courtney Frerichs Takes Second At Nationals | KCUR

UMKC Runner Courtney Frerichs Takes Second At Nationals

Jun 13, 2015

Courtney Frerichs finished in second place in the steeplechase at the NCAA Track and Field Championships Saturday in Eugene, Oregon.

UMKC's Courtney Frerichs runs the steeplechase at the conference championship meet in May 2015.
Credit UMKC Athletics

A native of Nixa, Missouri, Frerichs capped a strong season with a personal best time of 9:331.36 at the national championship meet. Fellow Missouri-native Colleen Quigley of Florida State finished two seconds ahead to take the title. 

Frerichs on Saturday completed her four-year transition from rookie to elite runner. An accomplished athlete, when she arrived on campus she had never competed in the steeplechase, a grueling distance race in which runners must hurdle barriers and a water pit.

After finishing second at the national championship meet, Frerichs was named an All-America for the fifth time in her career. This year alone, Frerichs was named to the All-America teams for cross country and for indoor track.

UMKC sophomore Bryce Miller finished 14th in the men's steeplechase on Friday, earning second team All-America honors.