Cross Country
Matt Hillenbrand - Cross Country - University of Kentucky Athletics


  • class Redshirt Senior
  • High school Saint Xavier High School

Collegiate Bests
800M: 1:51.07 |1,500M: 3:44.66 |Mile: 4:00.23 |3,000M: 8:10.04 |5,000M: 14:51.71 |Steeplechase: 9:16.23

2013 Second-Team All-American – 1,500 meters
2013 SEC Champion – Mile
2013 All-SEC – 1,500 meters

2012-13 (Junior)
Outdoor– Advanced to the NCAA Championships for the first time where he earned All-America honors at 1,600 meters … Runner-up in the SEC Championship 1,500 meters … Won his QF heat at NCAA East Prelims … Ninth in the 5K at SECs … Won the 1,500 meters with a PR time 3:46.92 to help lead UK (Commonwealth team) to a win over Indiana and Notre Dame at the Kentuckiana Border Battle … Placed second in the mile behind Keffri Neal at the Heart of the Bluegrass Classic … Ran 9:16.23 in the 3,000-meter Steeplechase at one of the nation’s top early-season distance meets, the Stanford Invitational.

Indoor– SEC mile champion … surged into the lead on the last 30 meters of final straight-away in the SEC mile final to win with a time of 4:01.55 … PR mile time 4:00.23 came at the Notre Dame Alex Wilson Invitational last chance meet … Also posted a PR 3K time 8:10.04 in a win at the home meet Rod McCravy Memorial.

Cross Country– UK’s No. 2 finisher at the first two meets of the season … 8K season-best 25:24.00 came at the Greater Louisville Classic … Posted a time of 33:14.7 at the 10K NCAA Southeast Regional … Ran 15:37.3 at the 5K Belmont Season Opener.

2011-12 (Sophomore)
Outdoor:– Ran a PR at 800 meters with a time of 1:51.07 at the Billy Hayes Invitational in early May … Also set a new personal-best 3:47.20 performance at 1,500 meters during the Payton Jordan Cardinal Invitational … Reached the 1,500-meter final at the SEC Championships, and also competed at 800 meters at SECs

Indoor– Season-best indoor mile time of 4:06.33 came at the Notre Dame Alex Wilson Invitational … Part of Distance Medley team for Kentucky at the SEC Championships … Also participated in the mile at SECs.

Cross Country –Competed in one event as a sophomore, finishing 25th at the Belmont-VU Opener … Finished the 5K event in 16:14.43.

2010-11 (Freshman)
Outdoor –Top time in the 800-meter run came at the Kentuckiana Border Battle … Crossed the finish line at the conference championships with a time of 3:51.48 … Had his best 5,000m run at the Sea Ray Relays.

Indoor –Competed in the one-mile run at the Husky Classic in February, finishing with the second-best time on the team (4:10.25).

Cross Country –Recorded his best 8K time of the season at the Greater Louisville Invitational, finishing with a time of 26:18.80 … Finished in 43rd place overall at the San Francisco Invitational, his highest finish of the season.

High School
Led team to cross country state championship (2009) … Cross country state runner-up (2008) … Cross country regional champion (2008-2009) … finished as the 4×800 state champions in outdoor and indoor track (2009) … completed the 2008,2009 season as Track and Field state runner-up … won two indoor track state championships (2007,2009) … track and field EE National Champion (2009) … regional 800M champion (2009) … Regional 1600M champion (2009) … named to the cross country all-state team (2009) … Named to the all-state Track Academic Team … was a member of the Ryken Service Club, Saint Joseph of Arimathea Society and Environmental club in high School.

Full name is Matthew James Hillenbrand … born on May 8, 1992 … son of Jim and Brenda Hillenbrand … Has one sister, Brooke … Majoring in biology.

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