Courtney Frerichs, the best distance runner in the history of the University of Missouri-Kansas City, led her new team to victory in a national collegiate meet on Saturday. Then something more important happened.
The shots were clanking and the Kangaroos were rolling, putting Minnesota in danger of joining Wisconsin and Illinois on the list of Big Ten teams to be upset by small schools on their home floor on opening night.
Courtney Frerichs never competed in the state high school track meet in Missouri but has returned remarkable dividends at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, developing into one of the nation’s top distance runners. She takes a national collegiate best time in the 3,000-meter steeplechase into the Western Athletic Conference championships this week in Orem, Utah.