Bridget Franek is going to the Olympics in London.

A 2006 graduate of Crestwood High School, Franek finished second in the 3,000- meter steeplechase at the Olympic Trials in Eugene, Ore., Friday to make the U.S. team for the Summer Games.

Franek, 24, who competed at Penn State University, ran a time of 9:35.62. Emma Coburn finished first in 9:32.78.

“It was pretty amazing,” Franek said told the NBC Sports Network. “I heard the people in the stands and I also heard the people from across the nation sending me cheers of support. For that, I am so thankful.”

Franek won the 3,000 steeplechase NCAA Division I title in 2010.

In high school, she won a Division I 1,600 championship as a junior in 2005 and then won four Division II state titles as a senior in 2006 in the 800, 1,600, 3,200 and 3,200 relay. She is the only Ohio athlete to ever win the 800, 1,600 and 3,200 in the same state meet.

Franek is affiliated with the Nike Oregon Track Club Elite.

Kent State graduate Kim Hamilton advanced to Sunday’s finals in the javelin with a fifth-place finish in the preliminaries. Hamilton qualified with a throw of 175 feet, 10 inches. KSU graduate and past Olympian Kim Kreiner was 17th with a throw of 157-11.

Firestone graduate LaShaunte’a Moore came in 10th in the 200-meter semifinal and did not reach today’s final. Moore ran a 22.85, 0.21 off the final qualifying time. Ellet graduate Aareon Payne came in 25th in the preliminaries on Friday with a time of 23.41.

Buchtel grad and University of Cincinnati hurdler Terrence Somerville failed to qualify in the 110-meter hurdles, finishing in 25th place in the preliminaries with a time of 13.87.


Green graduate and University of Toledo swimmer Laura Lindsay came up short in her bid to qualify for the U.S. Olympic team in the 200-meter breast stroke.

Lindsay finished 22nd in the preliminaries with a time of 2:30.91 in the Olympic Trials on Friday in Omaha, Neb.

The top 16 swimmers advanced to the semifinals.

— Staff report