Zerzan is Selected First Team ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America

By Robert McKinney, Athletics Communications Director, (503) 370-6110

SALEM, OR -- Willamette University cross country and track and field standout Sarah Zerzan (Jr., San Carlos, CA/Notre Dame HS) has been named First Team ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America as part of the 2006-07 College Division Women’s Track and Field and Cross Country Team. The Academic All-America team, which honored a total of 45 players (15 each on the First Team, Second Team and Third Team), was selected by members of the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).

In the classroom, Zerzan has achieved a 3.93 cumulative grade point average at Willamette. She is majoring in Chemistry and is a student on the Biochemistry track.

As a runner, Zerzan won the NCAA Division III women’s cross country individual national championship this past fall and took second place in the women’s 5,000-meter run at the NCAA Track and Field National Championships this spring. She claimed the cross country title with a margin of victory of 20 seconds, as she completed the 6-kilometer race in 22:31. Her time at the National Championships in the 5,000-meter run was 16:51.18. Zerzan also qualified for Nationals in the 1,500-meter run, but did not compete in the event in order to concentrate on the 5,000.

Zerzan earned All-America honors in cross country with her national championship in 2006 and also was an All-America selection in cross country in 2005, when she placed 25th at Nationals. She added All-America honors in track and field this spring with her second place finish at the National Championships.

At the end of the cross country season, Zerzan was named NCAA Division III National and West Region Women’s Cross Country Athlete of the Year. She also was selected as the USTFCCCA Women’s Cross Country All-Academic Athlete of the Year and was chosen as the cross country nominee for the NCAA Division III Collegiate Woman of the Year Award, sponsored by Honda. She was named Oregon Small College Female Athlete of the Year for 2006. She was the 2006 NWC Women’s Cross Country Athlete of the Year.

In addition to winning the national title, Zerzan also won cross country titles at the Northwest Conference and NCAA West Region meets. She contributed to the Willamette women’s cross country team winning the NWC championship (5th in a row) as well as the West Region title (4th in a row). She also helped the Bearcats take first place at the NWC Track and Field Championships for the sixth consecutive season.

This spring, she was named NCAA Division III West Region Women’s Track Athlete of the Year, as selected by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association. She won the NWC title in the 5,000-meter run. Her second place finish at the NCAA National Championships helped the Bearcats place 18th in the team standings.

Zerzan holds Willamette cross country records for the 5 kilometers (16:49.4) and 6 kilometers (20:32.7). She also owns the WU track and field records in the 1,500-meter run (4:31.52), 3,000-meter run (9:39.01), 5,000-meter run (16.28.54) and 10,000-meter run (35:20.17).

She set both of her cross country records last fall and earned all four of her track and field records this spring. The record in the 5,000 was established during the Willamette Invitational on April 6, providing her with an automatic qualifying time for the National Championships. She also registered an automatic qualifying time in the 1,500 while setting the school record at the Oregon Twilight Meet, hosted by the University of Oregon on May 5.

Athletes selected for the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America Team were starters or key reserves with cumulative grade point averages of 3.2 or higher (4.0 scale). Each athlete was at her current college or university for at least one academic year. She also had to earn First Team ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District honors in order to be eligible for the Academic All-America Team.

The College Division includes players in NCAA Division II, NCAA Division III and the NAIA. The Bearcats compete in NCAA Division III and the Northwest Conference.

2006-07 ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America College Division Women's Track and Field and Cross Country Team - Complete List

Sarah Zerzan was chosen First Team ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America as a track and field and cross country runner.

Sarah Zerzan was chosen First Team ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America as a track and field and cross country runner.