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Kaylee Wessel
Kaylee  Wessel


St. Charles, Ill.

High School:
St. Charles North


International Business


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Carolina Challenge 9/2/17

Shots, provided by Bob Stoner, from the 2017 Carolina Challenge, held at the Sandhill REC course in Columbia, S.C.

Flinn Scholar
Three-time SEC Academic Honor Roll member (2015-17)

2017 Cross Country (Senior)
Ran in all seven meets in her final season with the Gamecocks... Placed fifth at the Carolina Challenge, with her PR effort of 18:36.2 helping the Gamecocks win the team title... Came in 29th at the Bulldog SEC Preview, posting a mark of 23:14.5... Placed 76th at the Joe Piane Invitational, with a time of 18:41.5... Won the individual crown at the Koala Classic, her first-ever individual win, with a time of 19:35.5... Posted her best ever 6K time of 22:05.5 at the Crimson Classic... Finished 61st at the SEC Championships and 119th at the NCAA Southeast Regional.

2017 Track
Did not compete.

2016 Cross Country (Junior)
Finished among the Gamecocks' top five in four of her five races ... Posted her top 5K time of the year in her first race, the 33rd Winthrop/adidas Invitational, finishing sixth in 19:06.4 ... Ran in the Joe Piane Notre Dame Invitational Gold Division race (19:10.5, 158th overall) ... Clocked in at 23:02.7, her best 6K time of the year, while finishing fifth on the team (118th overall) at the Crimson Classic ... Ranked fourth on the squad at both the SEC Championships (23:08.8, 106th overall) and the NCAA Southeast Regionals (23:24.8, 160th).

2016 Track
Indoor: Won the 3000m at the USC Open #1 with a time of 10:31.45 ... Ran a personal best of 10:22.91 in the 3K at the Conference Clash ... Placed second in the 5000m at the Virginia Tech Invite, running 18:13.14 ... Achieved a new personal best at that distance during the Armory Invite, running 17:51.59 to take 18th place.
Outdoor: Hit a new personal best in the 3000m and 5000m outdoors as well ... Ran a lifetime best for the 3000m to place ninth at the Spec Towns Invite (10:15.22) ... Finished in the top 10 for three of her four races in the 5K in the spring, with a top finish of third place at the Shamrock Invite (17:47.71) ... Ran a personal best of 17:42.66 at the Seminole Invite 5K, placing sixth overall.

2015 Cross Country

Proved to be one of the most improved members of the team, taking 30 seconds off her top freshman 5K time and two full minutes off her top freshman 6K time over the course of the season ... Finished seventh in the Carolina Challenge 5K to open the season (19:14.30) ... Finished 17th at the Winthrop Invite 5K with a new personal best of 19:10.40 ... Ran 22:35.80 at the SEC Championship 6K to finish 110th.

2015 Track
Indoor: Ran the mile at both home meets, finishing third both times with a top finish of 5:28.64.
Outdoor: Competed in two races, the 5K at the Shamrock Invite (18:35.68) and the 3K at the Bill Carson Invite (10:43.16).

2014 Cross Country
Raced in five events with two top-10 finishes ... Opened her college career with a seventh-place time in the Carolina Invitational 5K (19:36.56) (8/30) ... Finished 12th in the USC Open #1 5K with a time of 19:40.43 (9/13) ... Placed ninth in the USC Open #2 two-mile race (12:27.81) (10/8) ... Ran her only 6K in the Charlotte Invitational, completing the race in 24:30.9.

Competed in state cross country meet all four years ... Earned all-conference honors in cross country and track in 2012 ... Help cross country reach the state finals in each of her four years ... Personal best times listed in the 3 mile is 18:05.10, 800m is 2:21, 1600m is 5:26.42 and 3200m is 11:55.20 ... Earned Academic All-Conference during from 2011-2013 in cross country and track from 2012-2014.

The daughter of Jerry and Sue Wessel ... Her mother ran for University of Arizona ... Has one younger sister, Alison ... Majoring in international business and global supply chain and operations management and minoring in Spanish.

Cross Country Personal Records
18:36.2 (9/2/17 Carolina Challenge)
22:05.5 (10/13/17 Crimson Classic)

Kaylee Wessel

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