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3000m Steeplechase
Height: 5-6
Weight:  123
PR: steeplechase – 9:36.74 (Penn State record)
Born: November 8, 1987
Current Residence: University Park, Penn.
High School: Crestwood HS (Mantua, Ohio) ’06
College: Penn State ’10
Mark Rowland
Agent: John Nubani
Club: Nike

Career Highlights:  2010 NCAA champion; 3rd at 2009 USA Outdoor Champs

Franek won the 2010 NCAA Championships by an impressive 13-second margin, finishing in 9:38.86…Franek finished in 3rd place at the 2009 USA Championships in 3,000m steeplechase with 9:36.74 to earn a spot on Team  USA for the World Championships…reigning Big Ten steeplechase champion…owns three records at Penn State (steeplechase, 4x1500m - 17:57.28 and DMR (Indoor) - 11:14.78)…finished in 16th place in steeple at 2008 U.S. Olympic Trial…won four state titles at the 2006 Ohio State Championships

2010: 5th at USA Outdoors (10:07.49)…NCAA champion (9:38.86)…5th at Nike Pre Classic (9:32.35PR)…5th at Barcelona (9:43.06)…9th at Stockholm (9:42.17)…ranked #2 in the U.S. by T&FN…best of 9:32.35.
2009: 3rd at USA Outdoors in 3000m steeplechase (9:36.74)…Big Ten champion (9:58.56)
2008: 16th at the US Olympic Trials… 3rd in the steeplechase at the NCAA Championships, which is the highest-ever finish by a Penn State athlete in an NCAA distance event (9:58.74)
2007: Big Ten Freshman of the Year…Penn Relays Steeplechase Champion…12th at NCAA Championship in the steeple (10:11.68)
2006: 5th at the Mid-Atlantic Regional, earning an automatic bid to the NCAA Championships in cross country (20:44)…State championships in the 4x800, 800m, 1600m and 3200m


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