Track & Field
Jessica Ortman - Track & Field - University of Kentucky Athletics


  • class Senior
  • Previous School Albany
  • High school Williamsville South

• 2008 NCAA Cross Country Championships Participant
• 2008 All-Southeast Region – Cross Country
• 2008 NCAA Outdoors Finalist – 800m Run
• 2008 All-Mideast Regional Team – 800m Run
• 2008 Mideast Regional Finalist – Steeplechase
• 2008 All-SEC Second Team – Distance Medley Relay
• 2008 USTFCCCA All-Academic Team
• 2008 SEC Academic Honor Roll
• 2007 All-Southeast Region – Cross Country
• 2007 SEC Athlete of the Week – Cross Country
• 2007 Most Outstanding Performer at America East Indoors
• 2007 America East Indoor Champion – 1000m, Mile Run
• 2007 and 2006 America East 1500m Champion
• 2007 America East Track and Field All-Academic Team
• 2006 NCAA East Regional Participant – 800m, 1500m,
• 2006 America East Indoor All-American – 800m
• 2006 America East Track Scholar Athlete of the Year
• 2006 America East Cross Country All-Academic Team

2008-09 (Senior): Cross Country – At NCAAs, finished first for the Wildcats for the seventh time in as many meets this season with a 6K mark of 21:50, good for 181st overall … Placed 10th overall with a 6K time of 21:22 at Southeast Regional to earn All-Region honors for second straight season … At the SECs, Ortman finished 15th overall with a season-best 6K time of 21:07 to lead the team to a sixth-place team finish … Earned All-Meet honors at Iona Meet of Champions after recording a 6K time of 22:37 to finish 15th overall.

2007-08 (Junior): Cross Country – Earned All-Region honors by placing thirteenth overall at Southeast Regional with 6K time of 21:00 as the first Wildcat across the finish en route to a fourth-place team showing … Finished first or second on team in all six meets of season … Finished second overall at Old Timers Classic with 5K time of 17:38 and named SEC Athlete of the Week for her performance. Indoor – Second team All-SEC selection after Distance Medley Relay team placed second at SECs posting a time of 11:40.25 … Placed fifth in the mile run at SECs with a NCAA provisional time of 4:47.94, a personal best that ranks ninth on UK’s all-time list …Moved up the school’s 800m all-time list with 2:08.24 mark at Iowa State Qualifier that ranks fourth in the Kentucky annals … Ran top 3000m run time of 9:53.68 at SEC/Big Ten Challenge. Outdoor – At NCAAs, placed 12th nationally in the 800m semifinals with a time of 2:06.54 … At Mideast Regional, finished sixth in the 800m run in a time of 2:09.01 … Placed eighth at the SEC Championships after running a personal-best time of 2:06.52 that ranks sixth all-time at UK. … Finished sixth in 1500m run at SECs with a season-best mark to finish sixth with a time of 4:25.99 … Broke the UK varsity steeplechase record with a personal-best time of 10:40.88 at the Drake Relays.

Previous College (University at Albany): A four-time America East Conference Track Athlete of theWeek honoree her freshman season … MVP of the outdoor track team in 2006 and co-MVP of the 2006 indoor squad … Set the school record in the 800 meters with a time of 2:06.94 at the 2006 USATF Junior Nationals, good for a fourth-place finish and Junior All-America honors … Placed second in the steeplechase at the 2006 A-East Conference meet with a time of 10:34.62, shattering her own school-record time … Earned all-conference honors in the 800m in 2006 by finishing second at the A-East Indoor Championships with a time of 2:10.88 … Captured back-to-back A-East Conference outdoor 1,500-meter titles … Had an impressive showing at the 2007 league meet, finishing first in the 1,500m in 4:29.65 and notching second-place showings in the 800m and the steeplechase … Advanced to the 2007 NCAA East Regional finals in the 800m , finishing seventh in 2:07.32 … Named the league’s Most Outstanding Track Performer at the 2007 A-East Conference Indoor Championships where she won the 1,000m and mile run, and was a member of the record-setting 4×800 team … The first female athlete in school history to earn Most Outstanding Performer distinctions from the A-East … Placed fifth at the 2006 ECAC Cross Country Championships in a time of 18:40.2, improving 27 places from the previous year’s event … The 2006 A-East Conference Indoor Track Scholar Athlete of the Year (2006) and was the Northwestern Mutual Freshman Scholar Athlete of the Year (2005) … Named to the 2006 A=East Conference Cross Country All-Academic Team and the 2007 A-East Conference Outdoor Track and Field All-Academic Team … Coached by Roberto Vives … Cross country personal-bests include 17:36.60 in the 5K and 22:30.60 in the 6K … A member of the Dean’s List and the Commissioner’s Honor Roll. High School: A junior All-American in the 800m, 2,000m steeplechase, the 4×400 and the 4×800 …Won gold, silver and bronze medals at the 2006 Empire State Games … Coached by Charles Godfrey… The Air Force Academy Scholar Athlete of the Year in 2003-04 and 2004-05 and a Wendy’s High School Heisman national nominee in 2004.

Personal: Full name is Jessica Rose Ortman … Born Feb. 20, 1987 in Buffalo, N.Y. …Mother is Carolyn Ortman-Wolford … Twin sister Jenna is a Wildcat teammate … Other siblings include: Alan (25), Nicholas (22), Kristen (17) and Andrew (9) …Majoring in communications.

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