Saturday, May 27, 2017

Courtney Frerichs Sets Steeple PR at Prefontaine Meet

Start the month with the proverbial rust buster (and food poisoning), end it setting a personal best.

That’s how May went for Courtney Frerichs, who took 1 second off her steeplechase PR at the Prefontaine Classic on Friday, three weeks after opening her season in Doha, Qatar. That rust buster was a 9:45.91 steeple on May 5, marred by contracting food poisoning while traveling. Last night, she ran 9:19.09, a solid improvement over the 9:20.92 she ran on the same track to place second in the Olympic Trials last June.

Courtney was fifth in a race won by Kenyan Celliphine Chespol in an under-20 world record of 8:58.78.

Courtney’s next steeple will be at the USATF championships in Sacramento, California, which will select the team for the world championships, which begin on August 4 in London. Qualifying heats of the steeple in Sacramento will be run on June 22.

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