Track & Field
Chelsea Oswald - Track & Field - University of Kentucky Athletics


  • class Senior
  • High school Walsh Jesuit

Collegiate Bests
: 4:19.99 | Mile: 4:40.84 | 3,000m: 9:06.64 | 5,000m: 15:49.57 | 10,000m: 33:38.35

  • SEC McWhorter Scholar-Athlete of Year (2013)
  • SEC Champion – 10k (2013)
  • SEC Champion – 5k (2013)
  • First Team All-American – DMR (2013)
  • Second Team All-American- 3,000 meters (2013)
  • Honorable Mention All-America – 5k (2013)
  • Honorable Mention All-America – 10k (2013)
  • All-American – Cross Country (2012)
  • First Team All-SEC – Cross Country (2012)
  • All-Southeast Region – Cross Country (2012)
  • All-SEC Second Team – Cross Country (2009)
  • All-SEC Freshman Team – Cross Country (2009)
  • UK School Record – DMR

Outdoor (Junior) – Double SEC Champion (5,000 and 10,000 meters) … SEC McWhorter Scholar-Athlete of Year across all sports … NCAA Finalist in the 5K and the 10K … Became the first ever Wildcat to win at both 5,000 and 10,000 meters at the same SEC Championships … Set the SEC 10K record 33:38.35 in her firstever race at the distance … Double NCAA qualifier … Became the fourth fastest Wildcat all-time at 5,000 meters with more than a 30-second personal best time at the Stanford Invitational … Ran a 1,500-meter PR at the Kentuckiana Border Battle … Ran opening leg of UK’s second-place DMR at Penn Relays … Ranks No. 2 in SEC at 5K and No. 8 at 1,500 meters … Named CATSPY’s Miss Wildcat.

Indoor (Junior) – NCAA Elite 89 Award recipient, given to the competitor with the highest GPA at the NCAA Championships … First-Team All-American in the distance medley relay … Second-Team All-American at 3,000 meters … Ran opening leg for UK DMR to qualify UK for NCAA Championships with school-record time 11:00.33 … Ran the second-fastest time in the SEC at 3,000 meters 9:06.64 at the UW Husky Invitational … Became a top-5 Wildcat all-time at 3K and 5K … Bested her PR two of the times she raced at 3K this season, with a 10-second personal best having come at UW … Time of 9:06.64 at the Husky Classic was the third-fastest indoor time in school history.

Cross Country (Senior) – Named an All-America, All-Southeast Region and All-SEC honoree … finished in the top 25 at six-of-seven meets in 2012, and was in the top 50 at every competition this season … Finished third at the SEC Championships and the NCAA Southeast Regional … No. 37 finish at NCAA Championships gave her All-America status … Awarded prestigious NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship.

Outdoor (Sophomore) – Competed at 1,500 and 5,000 meters … Season-best 1,500M 4:44.81 came at season-opening USF Bulls Invitational … Ran 5K outdoor-best 17:20.15 at Texas Relays.

Indoor (Sophomore) – Competed in the mile,3,000 and 5,000 meters … Mile season-best 4:51.23 came at Kentucky Invitational … Season-best 3K time 9:49.95 came at Rod McCravy Memorial Meet … Season-best 5K performance 16:50.65 was recorded at UW Husky Classic.

Cross Country(Junior) – The first Wildcat across the finish line in five of the team’s six meets during the 2011 season … Notched a season-best, second place finish at the University of Tennessee Cross Country Invitational with a time of 18:13.22 at the 5K distance to lead UK to the team victory … Scored a top-25 performance at the SEC Championships with a 21:27.86 finish over 6K … Finished a team-best time of 14:34.25 at the Belmont-Vanderbilt XC Opener over 4K finishing 11th to score 10 points en route to a team third place finish.

Outdoor (Freshman) – Did not compete.

Indoor (Sophomore) – Did not compete.

Cross Country (Sophomore) – Ran a personal best time of 17:26 at the San Francisco Invitational … Finished the San Francisco Invitational in second-place overall, and first on the team … Suffered injuries preventing her from racing for half of the season … Led Kentucky in two of the three races she competed in … Earned back-to-back top-two overall finishes, coming in second at the San Francisco Invitational and winning the Iona College Meet of Champions just two weeks later.

OutdoorDid not compete.

Indoor – Competed sparingly during the indoor season… Finished ninth at the Rod McCravy Memorial Meet in the mile run with a season-best time of4:57.89.

Cross Country (Freshman) – Finished among the top three for UK in each meet of first season in the Blue and White, claiming top team honors three times … Earned both second and freshman team All-SEC honors at conference championships as the first Wildcat across the finish by completing the 6K course in 21:56 to place 14th overall … At the NCAA Southeast Regional raced across the finish line first for the Wildcats, clocking in with a 6K time of 21:37 to place 34th overall … At 5K Greater Louisville Classic finished second on the team and 16th overall, clocking in at 17:54.67 … Placed seventh overall and second on the team at the 5K Old Timers Classic with a finish of 18:22 … Earned Southeastern Conference Cross Country Freshmen of the Week honors after finishing first overall in opening collegiate cross country race at Eastern Kentucky, topping the next competitor by more than 37 seconds.

High School
2009 Nike Indoor National 5K Champion with a winning time of 17:03 … Two-time cross country Footlocker National Qualifier finishing 14th overall and All-American as a senior after placing 31st as a junior … Finished in the top-10 of the Ohio state cross country championships on three occasions: placing fifth as a senior, runner-up as a junior and seventh as a sophomore … Placed fifth at the track state championships as a junior in the 3,200m run after placing seventh overall as a freshman … Owns school records in the 1,600m, 3,200m and 5,000m runs as well as a member of the 3,200m relay squad … Four-year letterwinner in cross country and track … Member of state qualifying cross country teams as a sophomore and freshman … Ran on district champion cross country teams as a sophomore and freshman … Member of 3,200m relay team that placed seventh at the Ohio state championships and runners-up at regional meet as a freshman … Cross country MVP all four years and track MVP three years … Athlete of the Year at Walsh Jesuit … Chosen as a 2007 Cross Country All-Star by Akron Beacon Journal … Coached by Bill Barger … Played basketball as a freshman, sophomore and junior … Member of All-State Academic team all four years … Cross country scholar athlete all four years … Member of National Honor Society and served as a student ambassador and student government representative … Volunteered with Saint Benedict Joseph Labre Program, Saint Francis Xavier Communion for the Homebound and ElmCroft Nursing home … Also served as a tutor for fellow students and participated in Special Olympics fundraising events.

Full name is Chelsea Marie Oswald … Born Nov. 20, 1990 in Parma, Ohio … Parents are John and Sharon Oswald … Has one brother – Matthew and two sisters – Jessica and Shannon … Major is biology … Member of SEC Academic Honor Roll, Athletics Director’s Honor Roll and Dean’s List every semester at UK.

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