Courtney Frerichs Leaves Bowerman Track Club After 7 Years

By Chris Chavez

January 2, 2024

Olympic silver medalist and world championship silver medalist Courtney Frerichs has announced she has parted ways with the Bowerman Track Club after seven years with the team.

What you need to know:

– Courtney Frerichs is the latest athlete to leave the Bowerman Track Club. Under coach Jerry Schumacher, she qualified for two Olympic teams and earned a world championship silver medal in 2017 and a silver medal at the Tokyo Summer Games in 2021. She also holds the American record in the steeplechase with an 8:57.77 personal best from 2021.

Frerichs announced the move on her Instagram page with the following caption:

“After seven years, my time with the Bowerman Track Club has come to an end. This chapter has given me some of the greatest moments of my running career and some of the best relationships with teammates I will forever cherish. I have so much gratitude for the guidance Jerry, Pascal, Shalane, Colleen, and Chris have given me and their belief in me has been instrumental in the success I have had as an athlete. BTC is an incredibly special organization and I’m so thankful to have had the opportunity to be a part of it. I don’t think my 23-year-old self could have ever imagined the journey that this chapter would be.

I am immensely grateful for the support I have received from @nikerunning and very excited to continue my partnership with them along with @garminrunning as we enter an exciting Olympic year!

@griffinhumphreys has begun assisting Amy and Alistair Cragg and their team. They have offered their guidance in my training and their athletes have welcomed me with open arms. I am also so happy to be reconnecting with Pascal in the pursuit of becoming the best steeplechaser I can be.”

– In 2023, Frerichs steepled just once at the U.S. Outdoor Track and Field Championships. She managed to advance to the final but did not race after injuring her ankle on a fall in the prelim.

– Before this summer, Frerichs had qualified for every U.S. national team for a global championship in the steeplechase since 2016.

The Bowerman Track Club Exodus

The Bowerman Track Club has seen a wave of departures in the past three years.

– Colleen Quigley left the team and then signed a pro contract with Lululemon. (May 2021)

– Marielle Hall moved to the East Coast to work under coach Kurt Benninger. (Sept. 2021)

– Sinclaire Johnson didn’t see a good fit and joined the Union Athletics Club with Pete Julian. (Sept. 2021)

– Emily Infeld and Kate Grace left and then joined Team Boss to be coached by Joe Bosshard. (Jan. 2022)

– Vanessa Fraser moved to San Francisco for a job but continued to work with Shalane Flanagan. (Aug. 2022)

– Gabriela DeBues-Stafford and her sister Lucia Stafford parted ways with the team after Shelby Houlihan’s positive test and suspension for nandrolone. (April 2022)

– 2016 Olympic 1500m champion Matthew Centrowitz was with the team from 2019 through 2021.

– After Schumacher accepted the Oregon head coach job and decided to move the team from Portland to Eugene, Woody Kincaid (now coached by Mike Smith) Marc Scott (NN Running Team) and Amos Bartelsmeyer (Union Athletics Club) chose to go separate ways.

Grant Fisher announced he was leaving the team but has yet to announce his future plans.

Cooper Teare also announced he was leaving the team but has not announced his next move.

Elise Cranny announced her departure from the team on Nov. 3 and moved back to Colorado to be coached by Joe Bosshard.

Who is left on the team?

– Christina Aragon, Moh Ahmed, Evan Jager, Sean McGorty, Thomas Ratcliffe, Karissa Schweizer, Andrea Seccafien, Josh Thompson, and Kieran Tuntivate were all on the roster at the end of 2023.– This summer, the team announced 2022 NCAA cross country champion Charles Hicks and Canadian Olympian Justyn Knight were joining the roster heading into the 2024 Olympic year.

Chris Chavez

Chris Chavez launched CITIUS MAG in 2016 as a passion project while working full-time for Sports Illustrated. He covered the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro and grew his humble blog into a multi-pronged media company. He completed all six World Marathon Majors and is an aspiring sub-five-minute miler.