Cross Country

 Jessica Ortman
Jessica Ortman


Williamsville, N.Y.

High School:
Williamsville South

Last College:

  • 2008 NCAA Outdoors Participant - 800m
  • 2008 All-Mideast Region - 800m
  • 2008 Mideast Region Participant- Steeplechase
  • 2008 Second Team All-SEC - Distance Medley Relay
  • 2008 USTFCCCA All-Academic Team
  • 2008 SEC Academic Honor Roll
  • 2007 All-Southeast Region - Cross Country
  • 2007 SEC Athlete of the Week - Cross Country
  • 2007 Most Outstanding Track Performer at America East Indoor Championships
  • 2007 America East Indoor Champion - 1000m, Mile Run
  • 2007 and 2006 America East 1500m Champion
  • 2007 America East Track and Field All-Academic Team
  • 2006 NCAA East Regional Participant - 800m, 1500m, Steeplechase
  • 2006 America East Indoor All-American - 800m
  • 2006 America East Track Scholar Athlete of the Year
  • 2006 America East Cross Country All-Academic Team
  • Four-Time America East Track Athlete of the Week in both 2007 and 2006

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 ... Also finished second overall at Eastern Kentucky Invitational. Indoor - Second team All-SEC selection after Distance Medley Relay team placed second at SEC Championships posting a time of 11:40.25 ... Placed fifth in the mile run at SEC Championships 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 ... At the SEC/Big Ten Challenge, won 800 meter run with a time of 2:11.21 ... Ran top 3000m run time of 9:53.68 at SEC/Big Ten Challenge. Outdoor - At NCAA Championships, 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 SEC Championships 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: A four-time America East Conference Track Athlete of the Week honoree her freshman season at the University at Albany ... 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 America East Conference meet with a time of 10:34.62, shattering her own school-record time ... Earned all-conference honors in the 800 meters in 2006 by finishing second at the America East Indoor Championships with a time of 2:10.88 ... Captured back-to-back America East Conference outdoor 1,500-meter titles ... Had an impressive showing at the 2007 league meet, finishing first in the 1,500 meters in 4:29.65 and notching second-place showings in the 800 meters and the steeplechase ... Advanced to the 2007 NCAA East Regional finals in the 800 meters, finishing seventh in 2:07.32 ... Named the league's Most Outstanding Track Performer at the 2007 America East Conference Indoor Track and Field Championships where she won the 1,000 meters and mile run, and was a member of the record-setting 4x800 relay 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 18:40.20 ... The 2006 America 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 America East Conference Cross Country All-Academic Team and the 2007 America East Conference Outdoor Track and Field All-Academic Team ... Coached by Roberto Vives ... A member of the Dean's List and the Commissioner's Honor Roll.

High School: 2005 New York State 800m Champion (2:09.45) ... Set sectional records in the 800m, 2000m steeplechase (6:58.87) and 4x400 m realy (3:58.10) ... A junior All-American in the 800 meters, 2,000-meter steeplechase, the 4x400 relay and the 4x800 relay ... 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 (23), Kristen (19) and Andrew (11) ... Majoring in communications with emphasis in business communications.

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