After just one year as a Kangaroo, UMKC's Courtney Frerichs has already set a UMKC school record, qualified for the 2012 NCAA West Regional, been named a Distinguished Scholar on The Summit League Fall and Winter/Spring Academic All-League Teams and been named The Summit League Female Track & Field Athlete of the Week on Mar. 27. Now the sophomore-to-be will try to add a gold medal to her collection when she heads to Barcelona, Spain, for the IAAF World Junior Championships as part of Team USA.
Frerichs, a Nixa, Mo., native, earned her spot on the team after finishing second in the 3,000 Meter Steeplechase at the US Junior Outdoor Track & Field Championships in Bloomington, Ind., at the Robert C. Haugh Track & Field Complex with a personal best time of 10:35.23 on June 15, beating out runners from schools including Illinois, Penn State, Arkansas, UCLA and Yale.
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