Thursday, July 7, 2016

Courtney Frerichs, Colleen Quigley PR to Get Olympic Steeple Spots

New Bowerman Track Club teammates Courtney Frerichs and Colleen Quigley will now also be Olympic teammates, after they finished second and third, respectively, in Thursday night’s steeplechase final at U.S. Olympic Trials in Eugene, Oregon.

Both set a personal best, with Courtney running 9:20.92 to take three and a half seconds off the PR she ran while setting the NCAA record last month, and Colleen close behind in 9:21.29, more than three seconds faster than her previous best, set last year. The times make Courtney and Colleen the third and fourth fastest Americans in history.

U.S. record holder Emma Coburn defended her 2012 title with the win in 9:17.48.

Courtney had the fastest last lap of anyone in the race, which moved her from fourth to second.

“I crossed with 400 to go in fourth and I just told myself I was not going to be getting fourth,” she told Runner’s World. “I have confidence in my last 400.”

The Trials was Courtney’s first meet as a pro. Colleen ran her seasonal steeple opener in Monday’s qualifying round. Clearly, there are great times ahead for both.

Courtney and Colleen will be joined in Rio by Bowerman Track Club teammates Amy Cragg (marathon), Shalane Flanagan (marathon) and Emily Infeld (10,000 meters).

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