Pella Cross Country is excited to announce a special guest will be joining us Wednesday at practice. Bridget Franek, 2012 Olympic Finalist in the 3000m Steeplechase, will be sharing the day with us and speaking to the team.  We were fortunate enough to meet Bridget at the Ultimook Running Camp this summer. Bridget was a great resource for the students and coaches that attended. Before we parted a request was made that she come and visit Pella on her way back to Ohio. Bridget, being the amazing person she is, quickly agreed that she would if it worked out. Guess what? It did!

Here is our adjusted schedule for Wednesday, August 24, 2016:

  • bridgetandcrew3:40-4:10 Facing New  Challenges and Searching for One’s Very Best
  • 4:10-5:30 Practice
  • 5:30-6:00 The Olympic Experience and Dreaming Big (Open to Public)

No one will be required to stay from 5:30-6:00 but I hope as many as possible are able to take advantage of this unique experience. Athletes from other teams may be joining us to listen to Bridget, that is yet to be determined. Parents, you are welcome to come from 5:30-6:00pm as well if you would like to listen.

If you would like to read more about Bridget you can head over to her personal blog. She ran at the 2016 Olympic Trials this year and wrote a great write up about the experience.

Bridget Franek Bio

  • 6-time State Champion in HS (Ohio)
  • 10-time NCAA All-American
  • 2010 NCAA Champion
  • 2-time USA outdoor runner-up
  • American Record Holder in 2000m Steeplechase 6:19.09
  • Olympic Finalist 2012 London Olympics 3000m Steeplechase