Track & Field

 Ann Detmer
Ann Detmer

Graduate Assistant


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Ann Detmer joins the Kentucky Track and Field and Cross Country staff as a graduate assistant supporting all facets of the program.

Detmer boasts an impressive record both as an All-American athlete on the Wisconsin track and field team and as a successful coach.

Detmer comes to Lexington after three years as an assistant cross country and track & field coach at the University of California, Berkeley. During her three years at Cal, Detmer helped both the men's and women's programs reach historic heights. The Cal women consistently placed inside the top five at the Pac-12 Championships during her tenure, and in 2011 made their first trip to the NCAA cross country championships in 23 years finishing 18th. During Detmer's time at Cal, teams also made multiple appearances in the top 10 of the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association's national rankings. In 2011 she helped guide two athletes, Deborah Maier and Chelsea Reilly to All-America honors in cross country.

In indoor and outdoor track and field, Detmer helped develop several distance athletes who earned a total of 10 All-America honors during her time as a coach in Berkeley. Most notably, Detmer guided Deborah Maier to three All-America honors during the 2012 track season with a pair of NCAA runner-up finishes during the indoors in the 3000m and 5000m. Maier scored a third-place finish in the 10000m run at the outdoor championships. Maier also posted some of the fastest times ever by a collegiate, running 15:29.24 in the 5000m during the indoor season and then 32:12.47 in the 10000m.

Prior to her time at California, Detmer served as a volunteer coach with the Wisconsin women's team in 2008. Her responsibilities included assisting with training and individual workouts and coordinating recruiting efforts. The Badgers finished second at the Big Ten Cross Country meet and placed 19th at the 2008 NCAA championships. Detmer helped coach three distance runners to All-Big Ten recognition in cross country, as well as two Big Ten track and field titles (3000m, 5000m). Gwen Jorgensen also achieved All-America status at the 2008 NCAA cross country meet.

As an athlete, Detmer was named MVP and captained the 2007-08 Wisconsin cross country and track and field teams. She garnered All-America recognition with an eighth-place finish in the mile at the 2008 NCAA indoor meet. Detmer qualified for the NCAA Championships a total of three times in the mile and 1500 meters. In cross country, Detmer was part of three NCAA qualifying teams, helping the Badgers to a fourth place finish at 2006 nationals. In 2007, she received the Most Improved Award on the cross country team.

In high school, Detmer won the Wisconsin state championship in the 800 meters at Lodi High School and was a great all-around athlete competing in multiple sports.

Detmer earned her bachelor's degree in biology from Wisconsin. She was a two-time Academic All-American and three-time Big Ten All-Academic selection. She previously served as an associate research specialist at the O'Connor AIDS Vaccine Lab as well as the Wisconsin National Primate Research Center

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