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Bridget Franek

Bridget Franek

Bridget Franek is one of the top steeplechasers in the country.  She was a graduate of Penn State University where she was able to compete in the 2008 Olympic Trials and represented team USA at the 2009 IAAF World Championships.  Franek has since moved to Eugene, Ore. and joined the Oregon Track Club.  Bridget is a two-time USA Championsips runner-up, and represented Team USA at the 2012 Olympics in London, making the finals in the steeplechase.

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Kibwe Johnson

Kibwe Johnson

Kibwe Johnson is one of the nation’s top hammer throwers.  Recently, Kibwé earned USA Outdoor Championships in 2011, 2012, and 2014, and he represented the USA for the London Olympics, where he made it all the way to the final. In 2011, he set the Pan American Games record for a throw (80.31m/263ft 5.8in), which stands as the best throw by a US athlete since 2000.

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Lashinda Demus

Lashinda Demus

Lashinda Demus has been one of the nation’s top hurdlers for nearly a decade.  Her many honors include two gold, two silver, and a bronze medal in World Championships, an Olympic silver medal in London, and four USA Outdoor Championships.  Lashinda also holds the American record.  Now in the peak of her career, Lashinda has her sights set to compete in the 2016 Olympics in Rio. 

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