Zerzan Chosen West Region Women's Runner of the Year

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

SALEM, ORE. -- Willamette senior Sarah Zerzan (San Carlos, CA/Notre Dame HS) has been selected as the NCAA Division III West Region Women’s Cross Country Runner of the Year, as selected by the United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA). Zerzan won the West Regional individual title on Nov. 10, as she concluded the 6-kilometer race in 20:51.65, for the fastest time in West Region history. The old record was 21:44.

It was Zerzan’s third consecutive West Regional championship. She previously was named West Region Women’s Cross Country Runner of the Year in 2005 and 2006. Zerzan, who won the NCAA Division III women's individual national championship in 2006, will defend her title at the National Championships on Saturday, Nov. 17.

Willamette, which also won the men's and women's team titles at the NCAA West Regional, will have full teams running at the National Championships. WU's women are ranked #6 in NCAA Division III. The Willamette men's team is ranked #7.

Zerzan has helped the Bearcat women extend their Northwest Conference and West Regional winning streaks. The 'Cats have won six consecutive NWC titles and five straight West Regional championships.

Following the 2006 season, Zerzan was selected as the USTFCCCA National Women's Cross Country Runner of the Year. She also was chosen as the Honda NCAA Division III Athlete of the Year nominee from cross country and was one of just 11 athletes considered for the prestigious national award.

Sarah Zerzan is the NCAA Division III West Region Women's Cross Country Runner of the Year for the third consecutive season.

Sarah Zerzan is the NCAA Division III West Region Women's Cross Country Runner of the Year for the third consecutive season.