EUGENE, Ore. - What once likely seemed as only a surreal dream can now become a reality for Fort Dodge Senior High graduate and former Iowa State All-American Lisa (Koll) Uhl.
With a trip to the London Summer Games on the line, (Koll) Uhl will try her luck as one of the favorites in tonight's 10,000-meter run at the 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials. Only four participants have run the "A" standard time of 31:45 that qualifies for the U.S. team.
Action begins at 9:20 p.m. Iowa time at historic Hayward Field. NBC Sports Network will televise the event.
(Koll) Uhl is no stranger to the big stage, as she previously placed eighth (33:09.87) out of 23 Olympic hopefuls as a ISU sophomore here in 2008. The 11-time NCAA All-American in cross country/track and field is the sixth-fastest woman ever to run the 10,000 meters, the seventh-fastest woman ever to run the 5,000 meters, and the NCAA Div. I record-holder in the 10K.
As a member of the Cyclones, (Koll) Uhl became the first woman in history to win four consecutive Big 12 Conference titles in the same event (10,000 meters). In 2010, she received the Honda Sports Award recognizing her as the nation's top female collegiate athlete in track and field. She was also a 2010 finalist for the prestigious Broderick and Bowerman Awards.
(Koll) Uhl, who missed most of last season due to nagging injuries (plantar fasciitis and stress fracture), owns a pair of Drake Relays crowns as well and was a 10K runner-up in the 2010 U.S. Track and Field Championships.
Following this evening's race, (Koll) Uhl will be put to the test again in the 5,000 here Thursday at 9:15 p.m. Eight athletes have already met the "A" standard (time) that allows an individual to be considered for one of three Olympic team spots.