| Hiruni Wijayaratne
Virginia High School State Champion - 3,200m Run
2011-12 (Junior):Cross Country- Season-best finish of 10th place came at the Tennessee Invitational with a 5K time of 19.29.20 ... Lowered her 5K time in the next race crossing the line in 18:57.08 at the Greater Louisville Cross Country Classic ...Best 6K time of the season came at the NCAA Southeast Region Championships as she stopped the clock at 22:59.20.
2010-11 (Sophomore): Cross Country - Made strong improvements from her freshman season in the 5K and 6K races ... Recorded personal-best times in the 5K and 6K at the San Francisco Invitational and SEC Championship, respectively ... Crossed the finish line at the San Francisco Invitational with a personal-best 5K time of 18:54 ... Finished in 21st place in the San Francisco Invitational ...Posted a personal-best 6K time of 23:24.44 at the SEC Championship ... Finished in 82nd place in the SEC Championship ... Had four top-100 finishes ... Finished in the top-five on the team in the SEC Championship. Indoor - Had the fifth-best time on the team in the one-mile run, finishing in 5:14.53 at the VT Elite Meet. Outdoor - A distance runner, competed in the 1,500m, 3,000m and 5,000m runs ... Set a season-best time in the 1,500m at the Sea Ray Relays ... Fastest time in the 3,000m run came at the USF Bulls Invitational ... Best run in the 5,000m occurred at the SEC Championships.
2009-10 (Freshman): Cross Country - Competed in three meets for UK ... Best result came at the SEC Championships with a ninth-place team finish recording a 6K time of 24:50 ... Completed 5K Old Timers Classic course in 19:45.Indoor - Competed inthe mile run for the Wildcats with a season-best timecoming at the Rod McCravy Memorial Meet at5:20.10. Outdoor - Did not compete.
High School: Finished fifth at the USATF National Cross Country Meet after being crowned a regional and area champion as a senior ... Virginia state, regional and district champion in the 3,200m outdoor run as a junior ... Finished eighth overall in the 3,000m run at the Penn Relays Carnival ... Placed third at the outdoor state meet in the 3,200m run after claiming regional championship as a sophomore ... Outdoor track regional and district champion in the 1,600m run as a junior ... Member of district champion 3,200m relay team as a junior ... Indoor track regional and district champion in the 1,600m and 3,200m runs as a senior before placing second at the state meet in the latter ... Placed third at the indoor state meet in the 3,200m run and as a member of the 3,200m relay team in junior year ... Finished second in 1,600m run at indoor regional championships as a junior ... Indoor track district champion in the 1,600m and 3,200m runs as well as the 3,200m relay as a junior ... Clinched three individual cross country meet titles over final two seasons ... Four-year letterwinner in cross country and track ... Three-time cross country team MVP and served as team captain ... As a junior ran on a cross country team that finished fifth at the state championships after clinching regional and district titles ... Her senior indoor and outdoor track teams were runners-up at the regional ... Holds school records in 1,600m, 3,200m and 5,000m runs ... Coached by Pete Sherry ... Academic accolades include AP Scholar with Honors, honor society memberships and multiple time honor roll student ... Member of chemistry and math honor societies ... Volunteered with church in blanket drive, soup kitchen and community holiday dinners.
Personal: Full name is Hiruni Kesara Wijayaratne ... Born Dec. 5, 1990 in Colombo, Sri Lanka ... Parents are Punu and Savithri Wijayaratne ... Has one brother - Akhila ... Major is biology.