Sunday, June 24, 2018

Super silvers for Yorks and Frerichs

Izaic Yorks and Courtney Frerichs secured superb second-place finishes on the third day of action at the USATF Championships in Des Moines, Iowa on Saturday.

Yorks produced the performance of his life to finish runner-up in the men’s 1500m final behind Olympic champion Matt Centrowitz, the Brooks Beast athlete positioning himself perfectly and showing impressive closing speed to finish second in 3:43.63 to Centrowitz’s 3:43.37.

Fresh from his NCAA title over 5000m, Sean McGorty dropped down to 1500m at the event and acquitted himself admirably, reaching the final and finishing 11th in 3:44.42.

Afterwards Yorks spoke to Letsrun.com:


Elsewhere Courtney Frerichs produced another brave, battling performance to finish second behind world champion Emma Coburn in a fantastic women’s 3000m steeplechase, the Bowerman Track Club athlete tracking Coburn through the final few laps but eventually coming up just short in 9:18.69 to Coburn’s 9:17.70.

Frerichs, a world silver medalist last year, told Letsrun.com that she plans to continue the momentum this season. “Worlds wasn’t a fluke,” she said. “I’m not going anywhere. Until last year, I put [Emma] on a pedestal. I’m finally feeling confident that I’m there and that one day it’ll happen. And I think that when it does, it’s going to be an amazing thing for the U.S.”

More reaction from her below:

In the final day’s action on Sunday, Evan Jager will seek his seventh straight U.S. title in the men’s 3000m steeplechase, where he will be joined by fellow Kimbia athlete MJ Erb, who is seeking to improve on his second-place finish last year.

Recent signing Karissa Schweizer will compete against some of the world’s best in the women’s 5000m such as Molly Huddle and Shelby Houlihan, which should prove a valuable experience for the recent NCAA champion.

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