Track & Field
Hiruni Wijayaratne - Track & Field - University of Kentucky Athletics


  • class Redshirt Senior
  • High school Herndon

Collegiate Bests
: 2:17.21 | 1,500m: 4:34.94 | Mile: 5:01.57 | 3k: 9:46.35 | 5k: 17:06.48 | 10k: 36:41.27

Outdoor (Junior) – Competed in the mile and over 800, 1,500 and 5,000 meters … Finished 22nd at the SEC Championships with a 10k time of 36:41.27, in her first time covering that distance … Also placed 27th at SECs in the 5k … Ran collegiate best times at all those distances … Won the 1,500 meters with PR 4:34.94 at the Oliver Nikoloff Invitational on the Cincinnati campus … Placed fourth with an 800-meter PR 2:17.21 at the Heart of the Bluegrass Classic … 5K PR 17:06.48 came at the Penn Relays.

Indoor (Senior) – Competed at 3,000 meters with collegiate-best time 9:46.35 having been recorded at the Rod McCravy Memorial Meet … Competed at 3K and in DMR at SEC Championships.

Cross Country (Senior) – Ran a 6K PR 22:15.3 at the SEC Championships … Recorded a top 10 finish at the Belmont Opener … Competed at six meets for UK.

Outdoor (Sophomore) – Ran the second-fastest 5,000-meter time (17:45.96) on the team at the SEC Outdoor Championships … Notched the third best time on the team at 1500 meters at Outdoor SECs with a time of 4:37.53.mile at Kentucky Invite Hiruni Wijayaratne 5:09.30 Kentucky Invitational 1/13-1/14

Indoor (Junior) – Competed once, in the mile at the Kentucky Invitational with finishing in 5:09.30.

Cross Country (Junior) – Time of 14:57.40 at Belmont Opener was 20th-best 4K time in the SEC … Fifth-fastest 6K time on Kentucky with time of 22:15.29 at SEC Championships lowered previous season-best by more than five seconds.

Outdoor (Freshman) – 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.

Indoor (Sophomore) – Had the fifth-best time on the team in the one-mile run, finishing in 5:14.53 at the VT Elite Meet.

Cross Country (Sophomore) – 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.

Outdoor – Did not compete.

Indoor (Freshman) – Competed in the mile run for the Wildcats with a season-best time coming at the Rod McCravy Memorial Meet at 5:20.10.

Cross Country (Freshman) – 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.

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 dinnersVirginia High School State Champion in the 3,200M Run.

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.

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