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 Luis Orta
Luis Orta

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Caracas, Venezuela

High School:
Madison L.C.

Event:
Distance


04/22/2013

2013 CATSPY Awards Presented

Gymnastics and Rifle earn team of the year honors

04/20/2013

UK Track & Field Opens Outdoor Facility In Style

Wildcats Win All But One Event Entered at Inaugural Heart of the Bluegrass Classic

04/19/2013

UK Track & Field To Host Inaugural Outdoor Meet

Wildcats Will Celebrate Senior Day on Saturday during Heart of Bluegrass Classic

04/13/2013

UK Track & Field "Commonwealth" Teams Win Border Battle

Wildcats Team up With Louisville to Defeat IU and Notre Dame

03/29/2013

Multiple Wildcats Reach Texas Relays Finals

Wildcats Competing at Three Meets This Weekend

Collegiate Bests
1,500M
: 3:48.98 | Mile: 4:07.30 | 3,000M: 8:08.09 | 5,000M: 14:02.45 | Steeplechase: 8:42.22

UK Record - 3,000m Steeplechase
2012 SEC Indoor Runner of the Year
2012 All-Southeast Region - XC
Three UK Freshman Records (3K, 5K (I), Steeplechase)
Four-Time All-SEC


2012-13
Outdoor (Senior) - Set the UK 3,000-meter steeplechase record running 8:42.22 to make the NCAA Championships at NCAA East Prelims ... Finished 16th overall at the NCAA Championships in the steeplechase ... Competed at NCAAs in the steeplechase for the second straight season ... Scored at SECs in the Steeplechase and 5K ... Also competed at 5K with season-best 14:19.40 having been recorded at one of the nation's best early season distance meets, the Stanford Invitational.

Indoor - Did not compete.

Cross Country (Senior) - Qualified for the NCAA National Championship for the first time in his career ... Named All-Southeast Region for his performance at NCAA Regionals, which earned him a berth in the National Championship field ...Three-time SEC Men's Runner of the Week honoree ... All-SEC First Team Member ... Won the Belmont-VU Opener to kick off the season, running 15:22.40 at the 5K event ... Winning the Belmont-VU Opener marked the second consecutive year that Orta opened the season with a win ... Grabbed his second victory of the year at the Tennessee Cross Country Invitational ... Completed the 8K Tennessee Invitational in 25:07.34 ... Posted a top-10 finish at the Greater Louisville Classic after covering the 8K course in 24:17.72, a season best for the Wildcats in 2011 ... Took fifth out of over 100 entries at the Panorama Farms Invitational ... Ran 24:29.74 at the Panorama Farms Invitational ... Led the Wildcats at the SEC Cross Country Championships with a fifth-place finish ... Completed the 8K at the SEC Championships in 24:28.36 ... Finished 21st out of 218 at the NCAA Southeast Region Championship after finishing the 10K in 30:46.8.

2011-12

Outdoor
(Junior) -Named Second Team All-SEC after finishing second in the 3,000m steeplechase at SEC Championships ... Steeplechase time at SECs was the second fastest steeplechase run in UK history ... career-best time of 8:44.25, the third-fastest 3,000m steeplechase in Kentucky history ... Ran career-best time of 8:44.25, the second-fastest 3,000m steeplechase in school history at NCAA Prelims to qualify for NCAAs ... Finished 22nd at Nationals ... Won Steeplechase at Texas Relays.


Indoor
(Senior) - Indoor Track and Field Athlete of the Year ... Produced one of the best performances in Southeastern Conference Championships history in 2012 on his home indoor track, becoming first SEC student-athlete to win both the 3,000 meters and 5K in the same championships since 2007... Was Kentucky's first-ever winner in the 3,000m, and was Kentucky's first winner in the 5K at SECs since Richard Ede in 1987 ... Men's co-recipient of the Cliff Harper Trophy, awarded to the high-points scorer of the meet.

Cross Country (Junior)- Three time SEC Men's Runner of the Week honoree ... All-SEC First Team Member ... Won the Belmont-VU Opener to kick off the season, running a 15:22.40 at the 5K event ... Winning the Belmont-VU Opener marked the second consecutive year that Orta opened the season with a win ... Grabbed his second victory of the year at the Tennessee Cross Country Invitational ... Completed the 8K Tennessee Invitational in 25:07.34 ... Posted a top-10 finish at the Greater Louisville Classic after running the 8K in 24:17.72, a season best for the Wildcats in 2011 ... Took fifth out of over 100 at the Panorama Farms Invitational ... Ran a 24:29.74 at the Panorama Farms Invitational ... Led the Wildcats at the SEC Cross Country Championships with a fifth-place finish ... Complete the 8K at the SEC Championships in 24:28.36 ... Finished 21st out of 218 at the NCAA Southeast Region Championship after finishing the 10K in 30:46.8.

2010-11
Outdoor
(RS Sophomore) - Led the team in the 1,500m run, 3,000m steeplechase and 5,000m run ... Had his fastest 1,500m run time come at the Border Battle ... Ran a 3:48.98 in the 1,500m for his fastest time of the year ... Fastest time in the 3,000m steeplechase came at the Payton Jordan Invite when he crossed the finish line in 3:52.62 ... Best 5,000m run came at the SEC Championships ... Crossed the finish line in the 5,000m run at the SEC Championships in 14:25.68.

Indoor (Junior) - Led the team in the 3,000m run with a time of 8:12.88 ... His best time in the 3,000m run came at the Husky Classic ... Ran his best mile at the Rod McCravy meet in late January, crossing the finish line with a time of 4:10.49, the third best time on the team.

Cross Country (Sophomore) - Capped off another fantastic cross country season with the Wildcats, leading the Cats as their top performer in five of the six races he competed in ... Won the San Francisco Invitational with a time of 24:25 to open the 2010 season ... Recorded a personal-best 8K time at the Greater Louisville Invitational ... Competed in all six races for the men's cross country team ... Closed out the 2010 season with three top-five overall finishes, including a first-place finish at the San Francisco Invitational and two fifth place finishes at the Iona College Meet of Champions and the Blue Ridge Open ... Finished each 8K race of the season in the top 32 overall ... Recorded a personal-best 10K time at the NCAA Southeast Regional, crossing the finish line in 33:41.60.

2009-10
Outdoor
(Sophomore) - Did not compete.

Indoor (Sophomore) - Did not compete.

Cross Country
(RS Freshman) - After successful freshman cross country campaign, was forced to withdraw from final meet of season at the NCAA Southeast Regional because of a hamstring injury ... Led the UK men to the finish at the SEC Championships, completing the 8K course in 25:12 to place 13th overall and earn All-SEC Second Team accolades ... Also earned conference All-Freshman team honors as a result of the finish ... Placed among the top three UK runners in each meet of the season in which he ran ... At the 5-mile Old Timers Classic, topped the UK contingent placing sixth overall in a time of 25:30.

2008-09

Outdoor
- Smashed his men's 3,000M steeplechase freshman record at UK for the third time of the season at the SEC Championships, besting his old standard by over six seconds in 8:52.39 to place second overall and earn All-SEC Second Team honors ... His steeplechase mark stands third all-time in the UK record books ... Finished 16th in the steeplechase at the NCAA Southeast Regional ... Set the Kentucky freshman steeplechase record for the second time at the Jesse Owens Classic with a regional-qualifying finish of 8:58.83 ... Broke another 19-year-old freshman standard by posting a time of 9:00.27 to win the steeplechase competition at the Florida Relays.

Indoor
- Topped his own the 3,000M run freshman record set earlier in the year by over three seconds with a fifth-place time of 8:19.25 at the Iowa State Classic ... Broke the 13-year-old UK freshman 5,000M record at the Penn State National Invitational with a time of 14:33.82 ... Opened the season at home in the Kentucky Invitational by toppling a 19-year-old men's freshman record in the 3,000M run by more than a second, crossing the line at 8:22.83 ... Member of seventh-place distance medley team at the SEC Championships ... Ran the second-fastest mile run on the team, with a mark of 4:10.62 at the McCravy Memorial Meet.


Cross Country
- Did not compete.

High School

Ranked first in America and 14th in the world in the steeplechase at world junior competition in 2008 ... Two years prior, ranked sixth in the world in steeplechase in world youth competition ... Member of Venezuelan National Team ... Placed 12th in the steeplechase at the 2008 World Junior Championships held in Poland ... Finished 80th overall at 2007 World Cross Country Championships held in Kenya ... Placed second in steeplechase at 2007 South American Junior Championships held in Brazil ... Runner-up in steeplechase at 2007 Pan American Games held in Brazil ... Notched two titles at the 2006 South America Youth Championships in Caracas in the steeplechase and 3,000 meter run ... Won 2007 South American Cross Country Championship held in Brazil ... Coached by Armando Moreno.

Personal

Full name is Luis Alberto Orta Millan ... Born Jan. 15, 1989 in Caracas ... Parents are Jorge Orta and Ruth Millan de Orta ... Has three brothers, Otto, Jorge and Jorge ... Served as 2012 December Commencement Speaker as he graduated with a double major International Studies and Spanish ... Now a graduate student in the UK Sports Leadership Program.


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