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Whitt Earns Sixth Career Summit League Honor

Courtesy: Summit League Media Relations
          Release: 03/27/2012
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ELMHURST, Ill. - Oral Roberts' Jack Whitt and UMKC's Courtney Frerichs were named The Summit League's Outdoor Track and Field Athletes of the Week for their performances March 20-26.

MEN'S ATHLETE OF THE WEEK
Jack Whitt, Oral Roberts
Jr., Norman, Okla./Norman North
Whitt claims his sixth career Outdoor Track and Field Athlete of the Week honor and first of the season after a first-place finish in the pole vault at the UTEP Springtime Meet.  The junior cleared a league-best 18'0" (5.50m), which also ties for the second-best mark it nation.  Whitt's honor sets a new league record for career Athlete of the Week awards, which he previously held at five.

Also nominated: Cosmas Ayabei, UMKC; Jake Brinkmann, South Dakota State.

Previous Winners: March 20 - Kyle Ballew, South Dakota.

WOMEN'S ATHLETE OF THE WEEK                     
Courtney Frerichs, UMKC
Fr., Nixa, Mo./Nixa
Frerichs captures her first career Outdoor Track and Field Athlete of the Week award after recording a first-place finish and setting a school record in the 3,000-meter steeplechase at the Missouri Relays.  Her time of 10:42.23 was 52.41 faster than the previous record, is tops in the league and ranks 10th in the nation.  Frerichs' honor marks the first for a UMKC female outdoor track and field athlete since 2005.

Also nominated: Rachel Zajac, IUPUI; Brooke Garner, South Dakota State.

Previous Winners: March 20 - Bethany Buell, South Dakota.

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