Track & Field
Taylor Wendler - Track & Field - University of Kentucky Athletics


  • class Redshirt Senior
  • High school Cicero-North

Collegiate Bests
800m: 2:20.66 | 1,500m: 4:36.83 | Mile: 4:56.56 | 3,000m: 9:59.60 | 5,000m: 17:25.48

2013-14 (Junior)
Cross Country – Competed in seven meets … UK’s No. 5 finisher for much of the year, including a 54th-place showing at the SEC Championships, helping UK to a third place finish at the Conference Meet, which was the team’s best finish at SECs since 2002 … Season-best 6,000-meter time, 21:56.70, came at the NCAA Southeast Regional Championship … Best 5k time of the season, 17:35.3, came in 14th-place finish at Bluegrass Invitational in Lexington, Ky.

Red shirted the year.

2011-12 (Sophomore)
Outdoor – Competed once outdoors in 2012 at 1,500 meters running 4:52.77 at the USF Bulls Invitational.

Indoor – Competed in the mile, 3,000 and 5,000 meters … 5K PR 17:25.48 came at the UW Husky Classic … Ran a 5K PR 17:25.48 at the UW Husky Classic … Mile season-best 5:15.44 came at the Kentucky Invitational … Season-best 3K time 10:06.16 was recorded at the Rod McCravy Memorial Meet.

Cross Country– Began the season with two-consecutive top-15 performances … Came in at 14:35.73 over 4K for a 13th place finish at the Belmont-Vanderbilt XC Opener … Crossed the line with an eighth-place time of 18:58.45 over 5K at the Tennessee Invitational … Added a season-best 5K performance at the Greater Louisville Invitational with a time of 18:50.86 … Finished the season on a high note with a season-best 6K time of 21:59.50 at the NCAA Southeast Region Championships.

2010-11 (Freshman)
Outdoor– Led the Wildcats in the 3,000m run with a team season-best time of 10:15.04 … Competed in the 800m, 1,500m, 3,000m and 5,000m runs … Earned her fastest time in the 800m run at the Border Battle … Competed at the Florida Relays, finishing with her season-best time in the 1,500m run … Ran her season-best time in the 5,000m run at the Payton Jordan Invite.

Indoor– Finished with Kentucky’s second best time for the season in the one-mile run and 3,000m run … Best run in the one-mile came at the Rod McCravy meet … Best run in the 3,000m came at the Husky Classic.

Cross Country– Recorded her best time of the season in the 5K (17:43.11) at the Greater Louisville Invitational … Had the best time on the team at the Greater Louisville Invitational, and finished in 28th place overall … Crossed the finish line with the best time on the team at the Blue Ridge Open and finished in 15th place overall … Had the best or second best time on the team in five of six races … Finished in seventh place overall at the San Francisco Invitational and the Iona College Meet of Champions … Finished the SEC Championship in 30th place with a time of 21:51.27, her top time on the season in a 6K race … Had five top-30 finishes on the year.

High School
A three time cross country league champion (2006, 2007, 2008) … Led indoor track team to four straight league championships … Led indoor track team to three section 3 championships (2007,2008,2010) … a three time outdoor track league champion (2007,2008,2010) … a three time outdoor track section 3 champion (2007,2008,2009) … finished fifth in the indoor track 4xmile at NCIC National Championship (2009) … named to the Footlocker cross-country All-Northeast regional team (2009) … placed third in the state, fourth in the federation in the 3000 meter state championships (2010) … finished first in DMR at NSIC National Championships (2010) … placed third in the mile at the NSIC national Championships (2010) … finished fourth in the outdoor track 4x mile at New Balance Nationals (2010) … holds the indoor track school records for the 1500, 1600, mile, 3000, DMR (anchor), 4×800 (anchor) … holds the indoor track section 3 record for DMR (anchor) … holds the outdoor track school records in the 3000, DMR (anchor), 4xmile (anchor), SMR (anchor) … holds the outdoor track section 3 records for SMR (anchor), 4xmile (anchor) … honored with the NY State Scholar Athlete Award (for all 12 sports seasons participated in) for maintaining a 90% GPA during their sports seasons … member of the Honor Society and the Math Honor Society.

Personal: Full name is Taylor Marie Wendler … Born July 15, 1992 … Parents are Michael and Carol Wendler … Was coached by Curtis Merrick at Cicero-North Syracuse … Earned varsity letters from 9th grade onwards … Major is accounting.

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