By Michele Kappas
When someone has the ability to run a marathon in 2:59:22 and can claim the title “world champion,” heads are going to turn.
This is exactly what happened on Jan. 8 when Palm Beach Atlantic University hired Sonja Friend-Uhl as the new men’s and women’s cross country coach.
Friend-Uhl has been turning heads at least since 1989, when she became the Delaware State Champion for the 800 meters while still in high school.
She then earned a 16th place finish at the 1993 NCAA Championships during her college career at William and Mary.
Friend-Uhl started coaching as an assistant for cross country and track and field at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in 1996.
She then took on the head coaching position at Western High School in Davie, Fla.