2008 NCAA Cross Country Championships Participant
2007-08 (Junior): Cross Country - Earned All-Region honors by placing thirteenth overall at Southeast Regional with 6K time of 21:00 as the first Wildcat across the finish en route to a fourth-place team showing ... Finished first or second on team in all six meets of season ... Finished second overall at Old Timers Classic with 5K time of 17:38 and named SEC Athlete of the Week for her performance. Indoor - Second team All-SEC selection after Distance Medley Relay team placed second at SECs posting a time of 11:40.25 ... Placed fifth in the mile run at SECs with a NCAA provisional time of 4:47.94, a personal best that ranks ninth on UK's all-time list ...Moved up the school's 800m all-time list with 2:08.24 mark at Iowa State Qualifier that ranks fourth in the Kentucky annals ... Ran top 3000m run time of 9:53.68 at SEC/Big Ten Challenge. Outdoor - At NCAAs, placed 12th nationally in the 800m semifinals with a time of 2:06.54 ... At Mideast Regional, finished sixth in the 800m run in a time of 2:09.01 ... Placed eighth at the SEC Championships after running a personal-best time of 2:06.52 that ranks sixth all-time at UK. ... Finished sixth in 1500m run at SECs with a season-best mark to finish sixth with a time of 4:25.99 ... Broke the UK varsity steeplechase record with a personal-best time of 10:40.88 at the Drake Relays.
Previous College (University at Albany): A four-time America East Conference Track Athlete of theWeek honoree her freshman season ... MVP of the outdoor track team in 2006 and co-MVP of the 2006 indoor squad ... Set the school record in the 800 meters with a time of 2:06.94 at the 2006 USATF Junior Nationals, good for a fourth-place finish and Junior All-America honors ... Placed second in the steeplechase at the 2006 A-East Conference meet with a time of 10:34.62, shattering her own school-record time ... Earned all-conference honors in the 800m in 2006 by finishing second at the A-East Indoor Championships with a time of 2:10.88 ... Captured back-to-back A-East Conference outdoor 1,500-meter titles ... Had an impressive showing at the 2007 league meet, finishing first in the 1,500m in 4:29.65 and notching second-place showings in the 800m and the steeplechase ... Advanced to the 2007 NCAA East Regional finals in the 800m , finishing seventh in 2:07.32 ... Named the league's Most Outstanding Track Performer at the 2007 A-East Conference Indoor Championships where she won the 1,000m and mile run, and was a member of the record-setting 4x800 team ... The first female athlete in school history to earn Most Outstanding Performer distinctions from the A-East ... Placed fifth at the 2006 ECAC Cross Country Championships in a time of 18:40.2, improving 27 places from the previous year's event ... The 2006 A-East Conference Indoor Track Scholar Athlete of the Year (2006) and was the Northwestern Mutual Freshman Scholar Athlete of the Year (2005) ... Named to the 2006 A=East Conference Cross Country All-Academic Team and the 2007 A-East Conference Outdoor Track and Field All-Academic Team ... Coached by Roberto Vives ... Cross country personal-bests include 17:36.60 in the 5K and 22:30.60 in the 6K ... A member of the Dean's List and the Commissioner's Honor Roll. High School: A junior All-American in the 800m, 2,000m steeplechase, the 4x400 and the 4x800 ...Won gold, silver and bronze medals at the 2006 Empire State Games ... Coached by Charles Godfrey... The Air Force Academy Scholar Athlete of the Year in 2003-04 and 2004-05 and a Wendy's High School Heisman national nominee in 2004.
Personal: Full name is Jessica Rose Ortman ... Born Feb. 20, 1987 in Buffalo, N.Y. ...Mother is Carolyn Ortman-Wolford ... Twin sister Jenna is a Wildcat teammate ... Other siblings include: Alan (25), Nicholas (22), Kristen (17) and Andrew (9) ...Majoring in communications.