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Olivia Francka
Olivia Francka

Class:
Sophomore

Hometown:
Halfway, Mo.

High School:
Halfway High

Position:
Distance

08/31/2013

Bears Top Louisiana-Monroe at Tulsa Cross Country Festival to Open Season

Forde leads way with 12:42 effort on two-mile course

Personal Bests
2-mile: 12:54.00 (Aug. 31, 2013)
5K: 19:46.20 (Nov. 2, 2013)

2013 Cross Country
Ran in all four of team's meets in 2013 ... Finished 29th overall in season-opening, two-mile Tulsa Duals in 12:54 on Aug. 31 ... Set personal best in the 5K at Missouri Valley Championships in Des Moines, Iowa, running 19:46.20 to 62nd place overall ... Her time led the Bears in the event.

Background
The 2013 season will be Francka's first season on the MSU cross country squad ... Originally signed with Missouri Southern State out of high school ... Placed second in the 3,200-meter run at the state championship meet as a senior ... At the same meet, earned first place in the 1,600 meters ... Was the 2011 district champion in the 1,600-meter and 3,200-meter run, clocking times of 5:29.10 and 12:09.60, respectively ... Had already spent some time on the Missouri State campus at the 2011 Aldo Sebben Relays, where she finished second in the 1,600m (5:26.09) and 3,200m (11:58.46).

Personal
Came to Missouri State after competing for Missouri Southern State in 2011 ... Graduated from Halfway High School in 2011 ... Also played softball and basketball in high school ... Majoring in physical education.

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