Bridget Franek
Bridget Franek in 2012
Personal information
Born (1987-11-08) November 8, 1987 (age 36)
Height5 ft 6 in (168 cm)
Sport
Country United States
Event3000m Steeplechase
College teamPenn State
ClubOTC Elite [1]
Achievements and titles
Personal best3000 m Steeplechase: 9:29.53[2]

Bridget Franek (born November 8, 1987, in Cleveland[3]) is an American middle distance runner who was in the U.S. Olympic team for the 2012 Summer Olympics in the 3000 meter steeplechase.

High school career

Franek is the child of parents Tom and Rosalie, who were runners in high school and college.[4] Franek grew up in Hiram Township and graduated from Crestwood High School in Mantua, Ohio, in 2006.[5]

College career

Franek graduated in 2010 from Penn State University and graduated in 2014 from University of Oregon Sports Marketing MBA. She was the Big Ten Freshman of the Year in 2007. She was the bronze medalist in the NCAA outdoor steeplechase championship in 2008 with a time of 9:58.74. She was the NCAA outdoor steeplechase champion in 2010 with a time of 9:38.86.[5]

Post-college career

Franek was the runner-up for the U.S. outdoor steeplechase title in 2011 and 2012. She qualified for the 2012 Summer Olympics by placing second at the U.S. Olympic trials in the 3000 meter steeplechase with a time of 9:35.62.[4] In her Olympic heat, she placed fifth with a time of 9:29.86. She advanced to the final based on time qualification.[6] In the Olympic final she finished 14th.[7] Franek was the first place woman at the 2015 Warrior Dash World Championship obstacle race in October 2015 and she received a $30,000 prize.[8]

USA National Championships

Track and field

Year Competition Venue Position Event Notes
2007 USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships Indianapolis, Indiana 10th 3000 m s'chase 10:10.36[9]
2008 USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships Eugene, Oregon 16th 3000 m s'chase 10:11.56[10]
2009 USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships Eugene, Oregon 3rd 3000 m s'chase 9:36.74[11]
2010 USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships Eugene, Oregon DNS 5000 metres DNS
2010 USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships Eugene, Oregon 5th 3000 m s'chase 10:07.49[12]
2011 USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships Eugene, Oregon 2nd 3000 m s'chase 9:44.90[13]
2012 USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships Eugene, Oregon 2nd 3000 m s'chase 9:35.62[14]
2013 USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships Des Moines, Iowa 10th 3000 m s'chase 10:17.41[15]
2014 USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships Sacramento, California 14th 3000 m s'chase DNF[16]
2015 USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships Eugene, Oregon 8th 3000 m s'chase 9:47.81[17]

See also

References

  1. ^ "An Interview with Bridget Franek of OTC Elite". RunPro.com. June 21, 2011. Archived from the original on September 1, 2012. Retrieved 2012-07-14.
  2. ^ IAAF bio
  3. ^ "Bridget Franek Bio, Stats, and Results". Olympics at Sports-Reference.com. Archived from the original on 2020-04-18. Retrieved 2017-05-29.
  4. ^ a b Warsinskey, Tim (June 29, 2012). "Crestwood's Bridget Franek qualifies for Olympics after second place in Trials steeplechase". The Plain Dealer. Retrieved 2012-07-14.
  5. ^ a b USA Track & Field Profile
  6. ^ "London 2012 3000m steeplechase women - Olympic Athletics". International Olympic Committee. 2017-06-03. Archived from the original on 2012-12-05. Retrieved 2018-06-26.
  7. ^ "London 2012 3000m steeplechase women - Olympic Athletics". International Olympic Committee. 2017-06-03. Archived from the original on 2013-01-28. Retrieved 2018-06-26.
  8. ^ "2015 Warrior Dash World Championship Winners Crowned". Warrior Dash. 2015-10-11. Retrieved 2018-06-26.
  9. ^ "USATF - Events - 2007 AT&T USA Outdoor Track & Field Championships".
  10. ^ "USATF - Events - 2008 U.S. Olympic Team Trials - Track & Field".
  11. ^ "USATF - Events - 2009 USA Outdoor Track & Field Championships".
  12. ^ "USATF - Events - 2010 USA Outdoor Track & Field Championships".
  13. ^ "USATF - Events - 2011 USA Masters Outdoor Track & Field Championships". Archived from the original on 2017-02-16. Retrieved 2019-12-20.
  14. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2019-12-20. Retrieved 2019-12-20.((cite web)): CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  15. ^ "USA Track & Field - Results - Full". Legacy.usatf.org. Archived from the original on 2016-10-13. Retrieved 2022-09-08.
  16. ^ "Complete Results: 2014 USA Track & Field Championships - 6/25/2014 to 6/29/2014". USATF. Archived from the original on 2016-08-11. Retrieved 2019-12-20.
  17. ^ "2015 USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships results". USATF. Archived from the original on 2016-10-05. Retrieved 2019-12-20.