2014 Guest Athlete
Franek was an all-around athlete in high school in softball, basketball, volleyball, soccer and track before she tried cross country during her junior year. She found immediate success at Penn State where she set three school records and was named the Big Ten Freshman of the Year. Franek went on to become one of the top U.S. women in the steeplechase while still in college competing in the 2008 Olympic Trials and representing team USA at the 2009 IAAF World Championships. Once her NCAA career was over, Franek moved to Eugene, Ore. and joined the Oregon Track Club. Since then she has competed at the 2011 World Championships and in the finals of the 2012 Olympic Games steeplechase. Off the track, Franek graduated with a degree in kinesiology, enjoys crafting and making jewelry, has worked making Picky Bars for Lauren Fleshman’s company, and was her high school’s prom queen.