New Mexico's Frerichs Named Semifinalist for Women’s Bowerman Award

Release courtesy of New Mexico Athletics.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — University of New Mexico alumna Courtney Frerichs was named Wednesday by the Bowerman Advisory Board as one of 10 semifinalists for the Women's Bowerman Award, the highest individual honor in collegiate track & field. 

Frerichs is the first Bowerman Semifinalist from New Mexico and earned the distinction after setting the NCAA record and winning the individual title in the 3,000-meter steeplechase last week at the 2016 NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships in Eugene, Ore.

After sitting out the indoor season, the recent UNM graduate from Nixa, Missouri, had a dominant year outdoors for the Lobos, twice running under 9 minutes, 30 seconds in the steeplechase en route to setting the new NCAA record of 9:24.41 at the NCAA Outdoor Championships.

Her title in the event was the first by a women's track & field athlete in program history and powered the women to their best-ever finish at the NCAA Outdoor Championships.

She now owns four of the top 10 times in NCAA history between her time at New Mexico and UMKC.

She also ranks third in the US and 13th in the world in 2016.

The Bowerman, which debuted in 2009, is presented annually by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association to the most outstanding male and female collegiate track & field athletes in the nation. Performances during the indoor track & field and outdoor track & field seasons count for the award; performances achieved in cross country are not considered.

10 women were selected as Watch List members, including Shamier Little (Texas A&M), Keturah Orji (Georgia), Kendell Williams (Georgia), Courtney Okolo (Texas), Maggie Malone (Texas A&M), DeAnna Price (Southern Illinois), Raven Saunders (Mississippi), Dominique Scott-Efurd (Arkansas) and Ariana Washington (Oregon).

Three finalists will be selected from among the 10 semifinalists by the Advisory Board and announced next Thursday, June 23.