Former Lobo Frerichs advances to Olympic finals

August 13, 2016 GMT

Former Lobo Courtney Frerichs on Saturday morning in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, comfortably qualified for the Olympic finals in the 3,000-meter steeplechase.

Frerich?s time of 9 minutes, 27.02 seconds was good for third best in her heat and the 12th best time in the preliminaries. Fifteen runners advance to the finals, which will be run on Monday at 8:15 a.m. MT.

She is one of three Americans who qualified for the finals along with Emma Coburn and Colleen Quigley.

Frerichs, who spent the past year at UNM as a graduate transfer, was a part of UNM?s national championship cross country team and also won an individual national title in the 3,000-meter steeplechase with an an NCAA record time of 9:24.41 before setting a personal best time of 9:20.92 at the United States Olympic Trials.

On July 15, Frerichs talked to Albuquerque media (see video below) about qualifying for the Olympics and the possibility of advancing to the final as well as the prospects of using these Olympics games as a springboard for the 2020 Olympics.

?First goal will be to get to the final,? Frerichs said in July. ?I?ll have to put together a really good race to (move) on. Then from there, if I get to the final, just challenge myself. I think I got a good taste of a championship style race at the (U.S.) Trials and ended up handling it okay, so if it?s that style of race, anything can happen.?