Bridget Franek

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Bridget Franek
Personal information
Born (1987-11-08) November 8, 1987 (age 26)
Height 5 feet, 6 inches
Country  United States
Event(s) 3000m Steeplechase
College team Penn State
Club OTC Elite [1]
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s) 3000 m Steeplechase: 9:29.53[2]

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

High school career[edit]

Franek is the child of parents Tom and Rosalie, who were runners in high school and college.[3] Franek grew up in Hiram Township and graduated from Crestwood High School in Mantua, Ohio in 2006.[4]

College career[edit]

Franek attended Penn State University and graduated in 2010. 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. [4]

Post-college career[edit]

Franeck bent over at start of Olympic final

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.[3] In her Olympic heat, she placed fifth with a time of 9:29.86. She advanced to the final based on time qualification.[5] In the Olympic final she finished 14th.[6]

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