Lisa Uhl

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Lisa Uhl
Lisa Uhl winning the 2010 Bix 7 Road Race
Personal information
Born (1987-08-31) 31 August 1987 (age 31)
Fort Dodge, Iowa, U.S.[1]
Country  United States
Event(s) 5,000m
College team Iowa State University
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s) 5,000 m: 14:55.74
10,000 m: 31:12.80

Lisa Uhl (née Koll) (born August 31, 1987, Fort Dodge, Iowa)[1] is an American runner. She is a four-time NCAA Division One champion, current NCAA record holder in the 10,000 meters,[2] and the sixth fastest American woman to ever cover that distance.[3] She competed in the 10,000 meters in the 2012 Summer Olympics. She competed for Iowa State University.

College career[edit]

While attending Iowa State University, Uhl won the Big 12 outdoor track and field championship in the 10,000 meters in 2007 as a Freshman. In 2008, she set the American Collegiate record in the 10,000 meters with a time of 32:11.13 at the Stanford Invitational in Palo Alto, California.[4] This mark was beat later that year by eventual 2008 NCAA 5,000 meter champion Sally Kipyego of Texas Tech University in a time of 31:25.45. Later that year Uhl went on to win the NCAA outdoor track and field championship, beating the field by almost a full minute, and finished 8th at the 2008 United States Olympic trials in Eugene Oregon.[5] During the 2008-2009 season she was named the ESPN The Magazine/CoSIDA Academic All-America of the Year winner for track & field/cross country.[6]

At the 2010 NCAA indoor championships Uhl won the 5,000 meter run by over 10 seconds in a time of 15:39.65. Just a few months later she broke the 10,000 meter record for the second time at the Stanford Invitational, finishing with a time of 31 minutes, 18.07 seconds.[2] She also dominated the outdoor collegiate 5,000 meter event. At the Payton Jordan invitational she finished fourth in an elite 5,000 meter field, beaten only by World Championship bronze medalist Shannon Rowbury, Olympic bronze medalist Shalane Flanagan, and reigning US national 10,000 meter champion Amy Yoder Begley, in a time of 15 minutes and 17.76 seconds. It was the best NCAA 5,000 meter time in the nation that year by almost 20 seconds.[7]

Uhl's record breaking outdoor season continued when she won the Big 12 10,000 meter title, becoming the first woman ever to win four straight conference titles in the same event.[1] At her final meet as a collegian Lisa Koll became both the NCAA outdoor 5,000 meter and 10,000 meter champion.[8] One of only four athletes to have ever done so, and the first to do it since 1996.[1] She won the 10,000 meters by over 20 seconds in a time of 32:49.35 and the 5,000 meters by over 30 seconds in a time of 15:23.80.[9]

At the end of her 2010 track season, Uhl was named the female track and field athlete of the year [10][11] and was nominated as one of three athletes for the female collegiate sports person of the year (all sports).[12]

Professional career[edit]

Uhl turned professional shortly after the collegiate championships, signing with Peter Stubbs Management.[13] In her first track meet as a professional she finished second in the 10,000 meters at the US national championships in a time of 32:11.72, beat only by the reigning US national champion Amy Yoder Begley. Held at her hometown track, Koll took the lead midway through the race and held it until the final lap when Begley closed in 65 seconds to finish in 32:06.45.[14]


On July 24, 2010, Uhl won the Bix 7 Road Race in Davenport, Iowa, capturing the US seven mile road racing championship.[15]

In 2010, Uhl deferred entry to veterinary school at Iowa State University to move to Portland, Oregon to run for Nike under a new coach, Jerry Schumacher.[16] At the 2011 USA Cross Country Championships in February she took third place behind Shalane Flanagan and Molly Huddle.[17]


Uhl missed most of the running season in 2011 due to plantar fasciitis, and a stress fracture of her fifth metatarsal.[18]


At the 2012 Olympic Trials, Uhl qualified for the London Olympics in the 10,000 m.[19] and finished 13th at 2012 London Olympics in 31:12.80 [20] which is the 6th fastest American ever.[21]


Lisa finished 9th in the 10,000 meters in 33:35.80 at 2013 USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships.[22]

In 2013 & 2014, Uhl suffered through fatigue issues,[23] but summer 2014 is training consistently toward a fall marathon debut with hopes to qualify for the United States Olympic Trials in 2016 in either Los Angeles or Eugene.[24] Uhl blogs for the Des Moines Register.

In June 2014, Lisa returned to racing at the 2014 Grandma's Marathon - where she ran the Garry Bjorklund Half Marathon in 1:16:16 [5:50 per mile][25] as her first hard workout to finish 14 out of 4434 Females.

On September 7, 2014, Lisa won the City of Lakes half marathon in a time of 1:17:12.[26]

Lisa qualified for the United States Marathon Olympic Trials[27] on October 12 at the 2014 Chicago Marathon in a time of 2:40:51.[28][29][30]


Lisa finished 10th at Payton Jordan Invitational 3rd heat of the 5000 meters in 16:31.38 on 2 MAY 2015[31][32]

Lisa won the 2015 Dam to Dam half marathon in May (77 minutes) in Des Moines, IA.[33][34]


Lisa Uhl is currently a beloved small animal rotating intern at Colorado State University College of Veterinary Medicine. She would run in her free time, but that unfortunately doesn't exist.

Personal life[edit]

Uhl married former Iowa State runner and Des Moines Architect Kiel Uhl in September 2011.[18] Kiel was inducted in 2015 class of Iowa State University Track and Field Hall of Fame.


  1. ^ a b c d Petersen, Eric (June 8, 2010). "Cyclones' Koll double trouble for NCAA field". The Retrieved 2010-12-29.
  2. ^ a b ESPN: ISU's Koll records NCAA best in 10,000
  3. ^ Ames Tribune: College track and field: Koll eyes double win at NCAA’s
  4. ^ Times: Lisa Koll Signs With Peter Stubbs Management
  5. ^ Des Moines Register: Olympian, Koll duel[dead link]
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  7. ^ Payton Jordan Meet Results
  8. ^ registerguard: Cyclone duo take 10K by storm
  9. ^ DesMoinesRegister: ISU's Lisa Koll wins NCAA 5,000 meters[dead link]
  10. ^ Des Moines Register: Lisa Koll of Iowa State named nation's top college female track athlete [dead link]
  11. ^ USA Today: Iowa State runner Lisa Koll wins Honda Award
  12. ^ USA Today: Moore, Koll and Hodge named finalists for Honda-Broderick Cup
  13. ^ Gambaccini, Peter. "Lisa Koll Is Ready for Pro Track Debut". Runner's World. Retrieved 22 June 2010.
  14. ^ DesMoinesRegister: USA Track: ISU's Koll finishes second in 10,000[dead link]
  15. ^ Batterson, Steve (24 July 2010). "Iowan Koll wins women's Bix". Quad City Times. Retrieved 13 August 2010.
  16. ^ Petty, Daniel. "5 Minutes with Lisa Koll". Running Times. Retrieved 1 September 2010.
  17. ^ Flanagan dominates and Vaughn surprises as Team USA places decided for Punta Umbria. IAAF/USATF (2011-02-06). Retrieved on 2011-02-06.
  18. ^ a b Bergeson, Lance. "Mile posts: Lisa Koll wants her wedding to end and the racing to start". The Des Moines Register. Retrieved 2 September 2011.
  19. ^ "U.S. Olympic Trials: Lisa Uhl makes U.S. Olympic team". Des Moines Register. Retrieved 29 June 2012.
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  26. ^ [1] Jeff Winter City of Lakes Half Marathon Women, Lakes Calhoun & Harriet, Minneapolis Sep. 13, 2015
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  29. ^ Lisa Uhl [@lisa_uhl] (12 October 2014). "I completed the BoA ChiMarathon! Time 02:40:51 (UNOFFICIAL) #ChiMarathon" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
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