Whitley's Cross Country Bio
2014 Outdoor: Finished second in the 5000 meters at the Rex Foster Invite (4/6) with a time of 17:35.01
2014 Indoor: Placed 18th in the 3000 meters at the Bill Bergan Invitational (2/1), finishing with a time of 10:08.76
Ran cross country all four years and participated in track during freshman and sophomore years ... Finished third overall in the state championships as a senior and was part of a team that finished fourth ... won cross country team state during both freshman and sophomore seasons ... was conference, regional and sectional champion during senior year ... was conference and regional champion as a junior and finished eighth individually at state ... finished second individually in state cross country in both freshman and sophomore years ... finished sixth in state in the 4x800 meter relays in both freshman and sophomore seasons in track ... honor student.
Transfer from the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs ... USA Triathlon Junior Athlete of the Year in 2010 and 2011 ... finished fourth at the 2012 Olympic Trials in San Diego, Calif. ... placed fifth at the Junior World Championships in Beijing in 2012 ... finished fourth at the Junior World Championships in Hungary in 2011 ... won a bronze medal at the Youth Olympic Games in Singapore in 2010 ... was a Junior National Champion in 2010 and 2011
Parents are James and Cindy Whitley ... Has three siblings, Caty (25), Taylor (23) and Margaret (13) ... Father, Jim, played golf at the University of Miami of Ohio for four years ... sister, Taylor, played basketball at Indiana State and recently graduated ... intends to major in business marketing.
"I chose Wisconsin because the university has a reputation for excellence in both academics and athletics. But the key factor for me was Coach Stintzi's record for developing high-performing student-athletes who graduate from the university and move on to become successful people. I love the atmosphere at Wisconsin and it's located within manageable distance from home. I haven't been home much the last few years, so it's a nice added benefit."