Track & Field
Zach Wilder - Track & Field - University of Kentucky Athletics


  • class Senior
  • High school Woodford County

2007-08 (Senior): Cross Country – Did not compete. Indoor – Competed in the mile, 3,000m and 5,000m … Ran season-best mark of 8:39.62 in the 3,000m at the UK Invitational … Turned in best 5,000m time at Husky Classic crossing finish in 15:17.17 … Ran season-best mark 4:21.46 in the mile at the SEC/Big Ten Challenge. Outdoor – Ran season-best time in the steeplechase at the EKU Open with mark of 9:42.00 … Placed fifth in the steeplechase at the Yellow Jacket Invitational with a time of 9:48.04 … Ran season-best time of 15:44.90 in the 5,000m at the Jesse Owens Track Classic

2006-07 (Junior): Cross Country – Competed in two meets his first season at UK. Indoor – Participated in the 3,000 meters with a season-best time of 8:50.56 at the Kentucky Invitational … Ran season-best mile at Rod McCravy Memorial at a time of 4:21.35. Outdoor – Red-shirted.

Previous College: A two-year letterwinner for Purdue … Coached by Darrin Wilcoxson.

High School: Was a five-year letterwinner for his high school track and cross country squads … His high school track team won the regional championship in his freshman and sophomore season … Also a five-year letterwinner on his high school swimming squad … Named the Kentucky Sophomore Runner of the Year and was the regional champion in cross country in 2001 … Kentucky Junior Runner of the Year and regional champion in cross country in 2002 … Kentucky Runner of the Year and state champion in cross country his senior year … The regional champion in the 3,200 meter his freshman year … Regional champion in the 1,600 meter, 3,200 meter and 4×800 meter relay his sophomore season … Claimed the state championship in the 1,600 meter his senior year and was the runner-up in the 800 meter … A first-team all-state selection in the 1,600 meter, the 800 meter and 3,200 meter his senior year … Winner of the Michael C. Wallace Award … An academic all-State performer from 2000-04.

Personal: Full name is Christian Zachary Wilder … Born Jan. 28, 1986 … Parents are Phil and Becky Wilder … Has one sister, Jessie Bessinger (28) … Father swam and played water polo at UK during his collegiate days … Sister ran track for Purdue.

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