Cross Country
Gabriel Szalay - Cross Country - University of Kentucky Athletics


  • class Senior
  • Hometown Wadsworth, Ohio
  • High school Wadsworth High School

Academic Accolades 

  • SEC Fall Academic Honor Roll – 2019, 2020, 2021
  • SEC Spring Academic Honor Roll – 2020
  • SEC First-Year Academic Honor Roll – 2019

2021-22 (Senior) 


  • Ran the 1,500m in the Kentucky Invitational and Joe Walker Invitational

Cross Country

  • Competed at SEC Championships for Kentucky

  • Ran in the men’s blue five mile at the Joe Piane Notre Dame Invitational as one of UK’s top eight runners
  • Finished 18th in the Commodore Classic 8K (25:30.0)
  • Placed in the top 30 at the Missouri Opener 6K

2020-21 (Junior) 
Cross Country

  • Ran in one meet, the UAB Blazer Classic


  • Competed in four meets
  • Finished seventh in the 800m run at the South Carolina Invitational with a personal-best time of 1:54.27


  • Ran in four meets, placing seventh in the 800m at the Weems Baskin Relays and Rick Erdmann Twilight

2018-19 (Freshman) 

  • SEC 12th place in the mile
  • Ran a mile season best 4:11.43 at the Iowa State Classic on Feb. 8
  • Ran an 800m best: 1:54.95 to place 11th at the Clemson Invitational

Cross Country

  • Ran at one meet – the Louisville Classic, running an 8k time of 25:46.60

High School 

  • Ohio finalist in the mile outdoors every year in high school, placing 11th, ninth and seventh improving each of the last three years
  • New Balance Nationals competitor every year in HS, with a silver as a freshman, fourth as a sophomore and eighth as a junior in 2017.
  • State title in 4×800 senior year in Ohio
  • Four-year state qualifier in track
  • Cross country state qualifier
  • Student council representative


  • Birthday: January 26
  • Parents: Carrie and Charles Szalay
  • Siblings: Taryn, Regan and Christian Szalay
  • Major: Economics
  • Hobbies: Playing golf, watching movies
  • Favorite sports teams: Cleveland Browns, Cleveland Cavaliers, Cleveland Guardians, Pittsburgh Penguins
  • Fun fact: His nickname is Ric
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