NEW MEXICO (KRQE) – Courtney Frerichs will not come home from the Tokyo Olympics empty-handed, she is holding silver. The former University of New Mexico track and field standout won a silver medal in the women’s 3000-meter steeplechase. Frerichs, who is never one to shy away from a challenge, made a gutsy move of separating herself from the pack and trying to go for the gold with about a mile to go.
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Uganda’s Pereth Chemuthai refused to let Frerichs out of her sights and passed her with about 250 meters left in the race. Chemuthai won with a time of nine minutes and 1.45 seconds. Frerichs finished three seconds behind in what many considered to be one of the strongest fields in the event ever.
In other sports news, Lobo football fall camp is underway. Lobos Head Coach Danny Gonzales has about 30 players from the state on his roster. He said he wants to try to get four or five players from the state each year. Gonzales knows he needs out-of-state players to help win games, but he doesn’t want to pass up good New Mexico talent.
In Artesia, the Bulldogs football program has welcomed one of their own to lead the charge. Head Coach Jeremy Maupin was once a Bulldogs quarterback. After successful seasons at Los Lunas High School, Maupin has returned to Artesia with hopes of making it titletown once again.
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