ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – Courtney Frerichs is the 2016 NCAA Division 1 Mountain Region Women’s Track Athlete of the Year.
It is the second regional athlete of the year award for Frerichs. She turned in the fastest time in the NCAA in the 3,000 meter steeplechase this year. Frerichs ranks as the third fastest collegian in NCAA history, and her time of 9 minutes, 29.31 seconds is the fifth-fastest in NCAA history. Frerichs ranks No. 1 in the NCAA, No. 3 in the US and No. 21 in the world in the 3000 steeplechase.
She is headed to her third NCAA Championship were the goal will be to win it all. Frerichs went to the championship with the best time in the steeplechase last year and finished as a runner-up.
“I have a little more experience than I had last year,” said Frerichs. “Obviously, with the expectations we had in the fall, I feel much more seasoned at this point and feel ready to hopefully live up to that number one spot.”
Frerichs is one of ten Lobo athletes making the trip. It’s the largest group of Lobos ever to go to the championships. The NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships run from June 8 to June 10 in Eugene, Oregon.