Monday, July 1, 2019

Schweizer, Frerichs impress at Pre Classic


Kimbia athletes Karissa Schweizer and Courtney Frerichs were in flying form at the Prefontaine Classic in Stanford, California on Sunday, the Bowerman Track Club teammates posting a pair of performances that bode very well for the year ahead.

Schweizer was in action in a loaded women’s 3000m, which gathered one of the best fields ever assembled. However, the 23-year-old turned in a fine performance to finish 14th in 8:42.15, an outdoor personal best. The race was won by Sifan Hassan in 8:18.49.

Frerichs was in action in the 3000m steeplechase, the first race over barriers this year for the reigning world silver medalist. The 26-year-old battled all the way to the line to post the fastest season opener of her career, 9:09.75, which was also the fourth quickest time in her career. The race was won by world record holder Beatrice Chepkoech in 8:55.58.

“We haven’t done much steeple work and our eyes are really on Doha,” Frerichs said. “The execution of the last K, 600 is going to be really important come Worlds. I’ve always felt good about my close and I did a better job at keeping with them, maintaining contact. Obviously for Worlds I need to be in that pack. I’m pretty excited to open up in the 9-0s. Jerry and I are really excited about what’s to come.”

Elsewhere Lopez Lomong was in action at Lane Community College in Eugene, the Bowerman Track Club athlete clocking a swift 3:37.52 to win the men’s 1500m, his fastest time for the distance since 2013. Amos Bartelsmeyer was also in action, the German winning the men’s 800m in 1:48.33.

Watch Courtney Frerichs’ interview with Letsrun.com below. Image credit: PhotoRun

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