Crestwood Track & Field

    Citius, Altius, Fortius - Faster, Higher, Stronger 

Bridget Franek

This page is dedicated to Crestwood Track & Field legend, Bridget Franek. Bridget captured six state championships as a member of the 4x800m relay team and as an individual in the 800m, 1600m, & 3200m. She broke four state records her senior year in 2006 and still owns the Crestwood High School records in the 800m, 1600m, 3200m, and the 4x800m relay. After graduating from Crestwood, she attended Penn St. on a track & field/cross country scholarship. Not only did she graduate in 2010 with a degree in kinesiology, but she was also able to capture the NCAA Division I 3,000m steeplechase title in a time of 9:38.86. After graduating from Penn State, Bridget decided to run for Mark Rowland in Eugene, Oregon for the Oregon Track Club Elite (OTC) program. Bridget is currently sponsored by Nike and has run for OTC and USATF for the last three years. Her speciality is the 3,000m steeplechase and she was U.S. national runner-up in 2011 & 2012.  In just her second year as a professional, Bridget was able to make the 3,000m steeplechase final at the 2012 London Olympic games! Unfortunately, Bridget was unable to qualify for the World Championsips in Moscow for the 2013 season & Beijing for the 2014 season due to injury. 2016 saw the resurgence of Bridget's times and she narrowly missed the 2016 Olympic games in Rio de Janeiro by placing 6th at the U.S. Trials in Eugene, Oregon. Bridget officially retired from competitve track & field in 2016 and took the girls distance coaching position at the University of Akron! Go Zips!!!! The Crestwood community is so proud of our Olympian and good luck coaching at the University of Akron!

 

June 3rd is Bridget Franek Day in Portage County, Ohio every year!

 

Here are Bridget's top times for indoor and outdoor competitions:

Outdoor                                     Indoor  

   800m - 2:11.22                                         1,000m - 2:50.90

1,500m - 4:16.68                                         1,600m - 4:38.63

1,600m - 4:40.65                                         3,000m - 9:04.09

3,000m Steeplechase - 9:29.53                    5,000m - 15:53.84

                                                                                  5,000m - 15:46.08

 

 

  • Crestwood's greatest track & field athlete!
    Crestwood's greatest track & field athlete!
  • Bridget in the 3200m at the PTC Tournament finals!
    Bridget in the 3200m at the PTC Tournament finals!
  • Bridget's accomplishments hang in the Crestwood High School gym!
    Bridget's accomplishments hang in the Crestwood High School gym!
  • 2012 Olympics!!!!
    2012 Olympics!!!!
  • Bridget & Cassie at the State Tournament, 2006
    Bridget & Cassie at the State Tournament, 2006
  • Bridget & Cassie in 2006
    Bridget & Cassie in 2006
  • Bridget & Cassie Schenck at Nationals in 2006.
    Bridget & Cassie Schenck at Nationals in 2006.
  • USATF Athlete of the Week!
    USATF Athlete of the Week!
Crestwood's greatest track & field athlete!
Crestwood's greatest track & field athlete!