Courtney Frerichs facts for kids
Frerichs at the 2018 USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships
|Born||January 18, 1993
|Height||5 ft 7 in|
|Sport||Track and field|
|Event(s)||3000 metres steeplechase|
|College team||Missouri–KC Kangaroos
New Mexico Lobos
Bowerman Track Club
|Achievements and titles|
|Olympic finals||2016 - 3000 m steeplechase - 11th
2020 - 3000 m steeplechase, 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
|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|
|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,
|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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