Lisa Uhl (Koll) started running in 8th grade the old-fashioned way….her friends were joining cross country so she did too. Until then she played soccer, volleyball, softball and basketball. She started out as the third from last girl on the team. Determined to get better she ended her 8th grade XC season the 3rd girl on the junior high team. While at Fort Dodge Senior High Lisa developed into a very good high school runner with times of 4:51 and 10:16 (1500/3000). She placed as high as 8th at the state meet in XC and 3rd in the 3000 in outdoor track.
Although not heavily recruited by the top D1 colleges out of high school, Lisa chose to continue her journey to becoming an elite distance runner and veterinarian at Iowa State University. After five years of steady progression, Lisa had established herself as one of America’s best collegiate distance runners of all time with the following accomplishments: Eleven-time NCAA All-American in cross country/track and field, four-time NCAA champion, two-time Drake Relays champion, finished eighth at the 2008 U.S. Olympic Trials in the 10K, first woman ever to win four consecutive Big 12 Conference titles in the same event (10,000 meters), and the NCAA Division I record-holder in the 10K.
After college, Lisa was highly recruited by the top shoe companies in the country, and chose to pursue her goals of becoming an Olympian in Portland, Oregon as a Nike sponsored athlete. The following are Lisa’s professional accomplishments: Runner-up in the 10K at the 2010 U.S. Track and Field Championships. Finished 6th at the 2012 Olympic Trials in the 5K. Finished 4th at the 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials in the 10K to make her first Olympic Team. Finished 13th in the 10K at the Olympic Games in London in a personal best time of 31:12. Lisa is the sixth-fastest U.S. woman ever to run 10,000 meters (31:12), the seventh-fastest U.S. woman to ever run 5,000 meters (14:55).