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Bridget Franek

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Gender Female
Birthday 11/8/1987 - 27 years old
Twitter address @blfranek
 

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Bridget Franek 2014Name: Bridget Franek
Date of birth
: November 8, 1987
Hometown
: Hiram, Ohio
High School
: Crestwood High School (Mantua, Ohio)
College
: Penn State, 2010
Current residence
: Eugene, Oregon
Primary event
: 3,000m steeplechase
Personal bests
:
 • 3,000m steeplechase, 9:29.53, 2012
 • 5,000m, 15:46.08, 2010
 • 1,500m, 4:12.96, 2012
Career achievements
:
 • 3,000m steeplechase
   - Olympic finalist, 2012 London Games
   - Two-time USA outdoor runner-up (2011, ’12)
   - 2010 NCAA champion
   - Two-time IAAF World Championships qualifier (2009, ’11)
Awards/Honors
: U.S. record-holder in 2,000m steeplechase at 6:19.09; 2007 Big Ten Freshman of the Year

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What is your favorite and/or least favorite workout? My favorite workouts are the ones we do outside of Eugene in the Cascade foothills near Marcola; tempos along Dorena Reservoir; long runs around Waldo Lake and track workouts in Blue River on the McKenzie River.

Why have you chosen to live and train in Eugene? I had both personal and professional motivators to live and train in Eugene. Growing up I had always wanted to live on the West Coast and took official college visits to both Oregon and Washington.  Ultimately, it didn’t feel like the right time in my life to make the move then but when I got the invitation to run on OTC Elite, it was like God giving me a second chance! Professionally, OTC was the most supported post-collegiate distance running program in the country when I was making my choice, and Mark Rowland was the most experienced and knowledgable coach for my event. Eugene was TrackTown USA. What more could I ask for?

Why have you chosen to run for Coach Rowland? Mark Rowland has a wealth of experience and knowledge about what it takes to be competitive at the highest level of the sport. However, the thing I appreciate most about his coaching style is how much of an emphasis he puts on empowering his athletes. He provides us with the resources and skills we need to maximize our potential but leaves the details in our hands. He treats us like true professionals and adults, leaving us to ultimately decide our own fate on the track. 

What is your most epic workout ever? The Big Day at Steens Mountain Running Camp.

What is your favorite track and field meet? The Penn Relays will always have a special place in my heart. It was there, my junior year of high school, when I decided to commit myself to trying to earn a college scholarship in the sport of track and field. Prior to that moment, I was undecided about which sport to pursue and I see that as a very pivotal point in my life. Little did I know that I would return to the meet year after year, creating many fun and amazing moments as a member of the Penn State team.

What is an interesting fact about you that we may not know? I was a member of the high school marching band and loved every minute of it! I played the saxophone.

What is the coolest experience you’ve had as a Nike athlete? Running in the 2012 London Olympic finals in the 3,000-meter steeplechase.

Who or what has been your greatest inspiration as an athlete? My faith in God and love for Jesus.

What do you do to unwind after a long season? Go backpacking and camping.

What are your other favorite sports? Kayaking, hiking, yoga...I love all sports, especially ones where you can be outside.

 

My Results

  Pl Rd F/H# Mark Converted Wind Division  
2014 USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships
3k Steeple 1 P 1 9:39.56 Open  
3k Steeple F 1 DNF Open  

2014 Portland Track Festival
3k Steeple 1 F 1 9:41.21 Open  

2014 Oregon Twilight
1500m 5 F 1 4:20.91  

2014 Oregon Relays - OregonRelays.com
3k Steeple 1 F 1 9:56.72  

2014 Oregon Preview
3k 1 F 1 9:27.36  

2013 USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships
3k Steeple 1 P 1 9:57.96 Open  
3k Steeple 12 F 1 10:17.41 Open  

2013 Portland Track Festival
1500m 3 F 1 4:14.56 High Performance  

2013 New York Diamond League - adidas Grand Prix
3k Steeple 4 F 1 9:35.42 Open  

2013 Oxy High Performance Meet
1500m 18 F 1 4:15.09  

2013 Oregon Twilight
3k Steeple 1 F 1 9:46.99  

2013 Payton Jordan - Cardinal Invite
1500m 9 F 1 4:14.48 Section 1  

2013 Oregon Relays - OregonRelays.com
5k 2 F 1 16:01.59 College  

2013 Oregon Preview
2k Steeple 1 F 1 6:19.09  

2012 Gugl Games - Linz
3k Steeple 7 F 1 9:52.90 Open  

2012 DecaNation
3k Steeple 1 F 1 9:38.48 Open  

2012 2012 London Olympics
3k Steeple 5 P 3 9:29.86 Open  
3k Steeple 14 F 1 9:45.51 Open  

2012 London Diamond League - Aviva London Grand Prix - Crystal Palace
3k Steeple 4 F 1 9:29.53 Open  

2012 USA Olympic Track and Field Trials
3k Steeple 1 P 2 9:44.05 Open  
3k Steeple 2 F 1 9:35.62 Open  

2012 PreClassic.com - The official Prefontaine Classic website
3k Steeple 13 F 1 9:52.56 Open  

2012 Oxy High Performance Meet
3k Steeple 1 F 2 9:41.96  

2012 Oregon Twilight
3k Steeple 1 F 1 9:39.77  

2012 Payton Jordan - Cardinal Invite
5k 9 F 1 15:48.96 Section 2  

2012 Oregon Relays - OregonRelays.com
1500m 5 F 2 4:18.33  

2012 Oregon Preview
2k Steeple 1 F 1 6:26.66  

2012 Washington Husky Classic / UW Indoor Open
5k 7 F 1 15:53.84 INVITE  

2012 Washington Invitational
3k 5 F 3 9:04.09  

2011 DecaNation
3k Steeple 2 F 1 9:40.51 Open  

2011 Palio Città della Quercia - Rovereto
5k 11 F 1 15:56.91 Open  

2011 IAAF World Outdoor Championships
3k Steeple 7 P 1 9:43.09 Open  

2011 London Diamond League - Aviva London Grand Prix - Crystal Palace
3k Steeple 10 F 1 9:40.24 Open  

2011 Ciutat de Barcelona
3k Steeple 4 F 1 9:48.77 Open  

2011 USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships
3k Steeple 1 P 1 9:53.33 Open  
3k Steeple 2 F 1 9:44.90 Open  

2011 New York Diamond League - adidas Grand Prix
3k Steeple 6 F 1 9:38.92 Open  

2011 Rome Diamond League - Golden Gala
3k Steeple 8 F 1 9:48.24 Open  

2011 Oxy High Performance Meet
1500m 4 F 1 4:17.10 B  

2011 Oregon Twilight
3k Steeple 1 F 1 9:56.59  

2011 Payton Jordan - Cardinal Invite
1500m 7 F 1 4:18.13 Section 2  

2011 Oregon Relays - OregonRelays.com
5k 2 F 1 15:52.81  

2011 Oregon Preview
2k Steeple 1 F 1 6:25.31  

2011 Washington Husky Classic / UW Indoor Open
3k 16 F 4 9:26.37  

 

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Women's 3000m Steeplechase Final - USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships 2014
Bridget Franek Post-Race Women's 3,000m Steeplechase First Round - USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships 2014
Women's 3000m Steeplechase Heat 1 - USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships 2014
Bridget Franek 1st Women's Steeplechase 9:56 - Oregon Relays 2014
Womens 3000m Steeplechase - Oregon Relays 2014
Womens 3000m Fast Section - Oregon Preview 2014
Womens 3000m Steeplechase Final - USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships 2013
Bridget Franek Sr Womens 3k ST Final 12th 10:17.41 - USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships 2013
Bridget Franek 1st Women's Steeple Prelim Heat 1 9:57.96 - USA Track and Field Championships 2013
Women's 3000m Steeplechase Heat 1 - USA Track and Field Championships 2013