Ex-UMKC athlete wins national title, followed by even more joy

Courtney Frerichs played lots of high school sports in Nixa, Mo., then became a national-caliber distance runner at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. Last June she placed second in the NCAA women’s 3,000-meter steeplechase championships, and hopes to represent the U.S. team in the event at the 2016 Olympics.

This fall Frerichs transferred to the University of New Mexico where, on Saturday, she led the Lobos to the team championship at the NCAA Division 1 Women’s Cross Country meet in Louisville, Ky.

Frerichs placed fourth in the 6,000-meter race at the meet, which featured America’s top collegiate runners, then talked about what it all meant to her.

After Frerichs and her team received their awards, Frerich’s longtime boyfriend Griffin Humphreys (also a runner at UMKC) approached.

What happened next was something that even topped having a great day at a sporting event. Read more and watch video.



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