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.