Women's Track

Ashleigh Wetzel - blank

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Lewisburg, PA

High School:
Lewisburg

Event:
Distance

Ashleigh Wetzel

This Year in Cross Country: Competed in first three meets before injuries curtailed season... Finished fourth on team at Belmont Invitational, running 4K in 15:08... Was seventh overall at home meet, and fourth on squad at Louisville, with 5K season best of 19:00.

2006: Participated in 3,000-meter steeplechase after missing previous year to injury... Ran second fastest steeplechase in team history, 11:10.68, at SEC Championships... Indoor season consisted of two races as training intensified for outdoor. In Cross Country: Finished among team's top five runners in all five competitions... Best effort came at SEC Championships where she led all Commodores with 27th place finish (21:08.44 for 6K).

2004: Excellent campaign featuring remarkably consistent indoor and outdoor campaigns at mile/1,500-meter distances... Became only freshman to qualify for 1,500-meter final at SEC Outdoor Championships where she narrowly missed scoring team points after posting a personal best 4:26.38, fifth all-time among Commodore runners.. Put together five sub-4:31 outdoor performances at 1,500 meters... Showed early season fitness with 4:30.89 1,500 at Alabama Relays, then followed up with another outstanding 1,500 performance at Vanderbilt Invitational, running second in 4:29.31... Personal best performance in finals of SEC Indoor Championships also highlighted winter campaign.. Became third fastest Commodore indoor miler by finishing eighth at SEC finals in 4:51.29... Qualified for SEC finals with PR of 4:52.63... Also ran pair of sub-4:58 miles prior to SEC Championships... Also competed on distance medley relay foursomes. In Cross Country: Ran first or second among Vanderbilt competitors in every meet, posting one of the best freshman campaigns ever by a Commodore cross country athlete... Her performance at NCAA Regionals - 17th overall in 21:32 - is the sixth best showing ever by a Commodore at meet... Was a key to team's overall success, which included three meet victories and fifth place showings at the SEC and NCAA Regional meets... Started campaign as Commodores' top runner, finishing second overall at Belmont Invitational (11:00 for two miles), then paced the Vanderbilt victory at Commodore Classic with another second overall finish in 19:03... Arguably ran one of her best races during 18:34 (5K) PR at Bulldog Invitational that resulted in fourth place finish, then came back two weeks later to lower her PR to 17:54 with 13th place overall effort at prestigious Notre Dame Invitational... Ran excellent 6K race at Chile Pepper Invitational (21:40) prior to 15th overall effort at SEC Championships (22:50)... SEC finish was the ninth best ever by a Commodore. In Cross Country: Ran first or second among Vanderbilt competitors in every meet, posting one of the best freshman campaigns ever by a Commodore cross country athlete... Her performance at NCAA Regionals - 17th overall in 21:32 - is the sixth best showing ever by a Commodore at meet... Was a key to team's overall success, which included three meet victories and fifth place showings at the SEC and NCAA Regional meets... Started campaign as Commodores' top runner, finishing second overall at Belmont Invitational (11:00 for two miles), then paced the Vanderbilt victory at Commodore Classic with another second overall finish in 19:03... Arguably ran one of her best races during 18:34 (5K) PR at Bulldog Invitational that resulted in fourth place finish, then came back two weeks later to lower her PR to 17:54 with 13th place overall effort at prestigious Notre Dame Invitational... Ran excellent 6K race at Chile Pepper Invitational (21:40) prior to 15th overall effort at SEC Championships (22:50)... SEC finish was the ninth best ever by a Commodore.

In High School: Three-time Most Valuable Athlete in track... Earned All-State honors as senior, All-Region three of four varsity years and All-District all four years... Track squad finished second in state in 2001, and won district crown in 2002... Set school records of 4:54.2 (1,600) and 11:03 (3,200)... Won five individual state medals in track, including mile as senior... Finished third at indoor state mile and fifth in mile at Penn Relays as senior... Won seven district titles as prep... PR in 800 meters of 2:13... Co-captain of field hockey and basketball squads as senior... Named MVP of field hockey squad as senior... Earned school's Outstanding Female Athlete Award.

Personal: Ashleigh Worthington Wetzel...Daughter of Gregg and Debby Wetzel... Middle of three siblings... Older brother, Eric, is a baseball player at Elizabethtown (PA) College... Younger sister, Abby, also is a standout runner in Lewisburg.. Dad is an elementary school principal; mom is a teacher... Summer jobs included role as ice cream server... Graduated with honors... Four-year member of Lewisburg Student Council... Member of National Honor Society and Spanish Honor Society... Two-time class secretary.

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