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Courtney Frerichs
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Frerichs at the 2018 USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships
Personal information
Nationality American
Born January 18, 1993 (1993-01-18) (age 28)
Mundelein, Illinois
Residence Portland, Oregon
Height 5 ft 7 in
Weight 53 kg
Sport
Sport Track and field
Event(s) 3000 metres steeplechase
College team Missouri–KC Kangaroos
New Mexico Lobos
Club Nike
Bowerman Track Club
Turned pro 2016
Achievements and titles
Olympic finals 2016 - 3000 m steeplechase - 11th
2020 - 3000 m steeplechase, 22 Silver
Personal best(s) 1500 m: 4:14.62 (2018)
3000 m steeplechase: 9:00.85 AR (2018)
5000 m: 14:50.06 (2020)

Courtney Frerichs (born January 18, 1993) is an American middle-distance runner from Nixa, Missouri, who specializes in steeplechase. Frerichs placed second in steeplechase behind Emma Coburn and ahead of Colleen Quigley at the 2016 US Olympic Trials to qualify to represent the United States at the 2016 Summer Olympics. She won the silver medal at the 2017 World Championships, becoming the seventh fastest woman in the history of the event (displaced to #8 two weeks later). Emma Coburn won the gold medal at the same event, thus making Coburn and Frerichs the first female Americans to win the gold and silver medal in any individual World Championships or Olympics race longer than 400 meters since the 1912 Stockholm Games.

On July 20, 2018, at the Herculis meet in Monaco, she finished in second place behind Beatrice Chepkoech's world record 8:44.32. Frerichs' time of 9:00.85 jumped her ahead of Coburn for the American and North American (NACAC) records in the steeplechase and the #6 mark all time.

Frerichs won the steeplechase NCAA title at the 2016 NCAA Division I Outdoor Track and Field Championships as a Lobo, setting a collegiate record of 9:24.41.

Nixa High School

As a Senior at Nixa Public High School, Courtney Frerichs earned all-conference, all-district, team MVP, KSPR-TV Athlete of the Week in cross country. Frerichs posted a freshman season-best time of 2:24 in 800 meters. She also set school records in the 5K (18:12), triple jump 10.505 m (34 ft 5.45767717 in), and her team posted the best time for the 4x800-meter relay (10:02). Frerichs lettered for four years in soccer as a midfielder/forward where she earned All-district honors and was a two-time regional qualifier in gymnastics. In 2010, she was a level 9 gymnast. Frerichs attributes her accomplishments to gymnastics, strength training, and her teammates.

NCAA

Courtney Frerichs won the steeplechase national title at the 2016 NCAA Division I Outdoor Track and Field Championships as a Lobo, setting a collegiate record of 9:24.41 As of July 2017, Frerichs has run 4 of the 10 fastest times in US collegian history. She finished her career with four of the top 10 steeplechase times in NCAA history between her time at New Mexico and UMKC, and was a semifinalist for the Bowerman Award. Frerichs earned seven NCAA Division I All-American honors competing in Cross Country, and Indoor and Outdoor Track and Field for the UMKC Kangaroos and the New Mexico Lobos. On grass in 2015, Frerichs captured her third All-American honor in cross country with a fourth-place finish of 19:48.0 at the NCAA Championships, leading the New Mexico Lobos to a dominant national championship victory.

Representing the University of Missouri–Kansas City
Year Conference cross country NCAA Cross Country Conference Indoor NCAA Indoor Conference Outdoor NCAA Outdoor USA Championships International
2011-12 Summit League - - 3000 10:02.06 4th
5000 17:33.79 10th
- - 3000 SC 10:55.29 80th 3000 SC 10:35.23 2nd 3000 SC 10:35.24 16th
2012-13 Summit League - - 3000 9:51.26 1st
5000 17:02.31 1st
- 3000 SC 10:15.79 1st
5000 16:42.63 1st
3000 SC 9:55.02 6th
2013-14 WAC 2nd 17:35.7 38th 20:44.4 3000 9:35.89 1st
5000 17:45.89 1st;
- - - 3000 SC 9:43.36 6th 3000 SC 10:10.51 4th
2014-15 WAC 1st 16:51.7 13th 20:17.1 3000 10:35.96 1st
5000 18:37.69 1st
5000 15:47.56 5th 3000 SC 10:15.41 1st
5000 17:26.99 1st
3000 SC 9:31.36 2nd 3000 SC 9:46.24 7th -
Representing the University of New Mexico Lobos
2015-16 MWC 2nd 22:05.2 4th 19:47.9 - - 1500 4:25.77 2nd 3000 SC 9:24.41 1st 3000 SC 9:20.92 2nd 3000 SC Olympic 9:22.87 11th

Early Championship Races

Courtney placed sixteenth in 2012 World Junior Championships in Athletics – Women's 3000 metres steeplechase.

Frerichs finished 14th at 2012 Junior USA Cross Country Championships.

Courtney Frerichs placed fourth 2014 NACAC U23 Steeplechase.

Professional

2016

Frerichs placed 11th at Athletics at the 2016 Summer Olympics – Women's 3000 metres steeplechase running 9:22.87. Frerichs represented USA at Athletics at the 2016 Summer Olympics.

2017

Courtney placed 4th at the 2017 USATF Cross Country Championships in Bend, Oregon.

Frerichs placed 2nd in the steeplechase at 2017 USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships running 9:22.23, and commenting, "Having a positive mindset is huge": Improving substantially, she placed 2nd at 2017 World Championships in Athletics running 9:03.77.

2018

Courtney started her 2018 season with a 33:55.1, 4th place in 10 km at the 2018 USA Cross Country Championships. The finishing times for her teammates were Emily Infeld in 33:18.7 (3:19.9/km), Molly Seidel 33:22.1, Stephanie Bruce 33:34.1, Emily Durgin 33:56.9, and Susan Tanui 34:39.0. The six qualified for Team USA at 2018 NACAC Cross Country Championships in La Libertad, El Salvador on February 17, 2018. Frerichs was among leaders until the final lap. During the last 2 km, Courtney maintained a pace of approximately 3:23/km.

Frerichs placed 2nd in the steeplechase at 2018 USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships running 9:18.69.

Frerichs set an American Record in the 3000 meter steeplechase, running 9:00.85, finishing in second place.

Frerichs was selected to represent Team Americas and placed 2nd in the steeplechase at 2018 IAAF Continental Cup running 9:15.22.

2019

Frerichs began her 2019 season with a 6th place in 10 km at the 2019 USA Cross Country Championships. On June 30, 2019, she ran 9:09.75 to place fifth behind world record holder Beatrice Chepkoech in the star-studded Diamond League steeple at the Prefontaine Classic held in Stanford, California. In Des Moines, Iowa on July 28, running 9:26.61, Frerichs finished second at the 2019 USA Track & Field Outdoor Championships, in the steeplechase to Emma Coburn, who ran 9:25.63 and who was the defending World Champion from 2017. Each qualified for the 2019 World Championships in Doha, Qatar in September and Frerichs finished 6th in the 3000 M Steeplechase in a time of 9:11.27.

2021

Frerichs placed second in steeplechase behind Emma Coburn at the 2020 US Olympic Trials to qualify to represent the United States at the 2020 Summer Olympics. She won the silver medal at the Olympics with a time of 9:04.79, finishing behind Peruth Chemutai and ahead of Hyvin Kiyeng Jepkemoi.

Competition record

Year Competition Venue Position Event Notes
Representing  United States
2021 Olympic Games Tokyo, Japan 2nd 3000 m SC 9:04.79
2019 World Championships Doha, Qatar 6th 3000 m SC 9:11.27
2018 2018 IAAF Continental Cup Ostrava, Czech Republic 2nd 3000 m SC 9:15.22
2017 World Championships London, United Kingdom 2nd 3000 m SC 9:03.77
2016 Summer Olympics Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 11th 3000 m SC 9:22.87
2014 NACAC U-23 Championships Kamloops, British Columbia, Canada 4th 3000 m SC 10:10.51
2012 World U-20 Championships Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain 16th 3000 m SC 10:35.24
USATF Championships
2020 2020 USA Indoor Track and Field Championships Albuquerque, New Mexico 5th 3000 m 8:57.15
2019 2019 USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships Des Moines, Iowa 2nd 3000 m SC 9:26.61
2019 2019 USA Cross Country Championships Apalachee Regional Park,
Tallahassee, Florida
6th 10 km 33:25
2018 2018 USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships Des Moines, Iowa 2nd 3000 m SC 9:18.69
2018 USA Cross Country Championships Tallahassee, Florida 4th 10 km 33:55.1
2017 2017 USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships Sacramento, California 2nd 3000 m SC 9:22.23
2016 2016 United States Olympic Trials Eugene, Oregon 2nd 3000 m SC 9:20.92
2015 2015 USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships Eugene, Oregon 7th 3000 m SC 9:46.24
2014 2014 USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships Sacramento, California 6th 3000 m SC 9:43.36
2012 IAAF World Championship U-20 Trials Bloomington, Indiana 2nd 3000 m SC 10:35.23
2012 USA Cross Country Championships St Louis, Missouri 14th 6 km 22:08.6
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