Willamette's Zerzan Among Finalists at Oregon Sports Awards

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

SALEM, ORE. -- Willamette University senior runner Sarah Zerzan (San Carlos, CA/Notre Dame HS) is one of five finalists for the 2007 Ad Rutschman Small College Women's Athlete of the Year Award, which will be presented during the 56th Annual Oregon Sports Awards, set for Sunday, Jan. 27 at the Tiger Woods Center in Portland, Ore. The event will be broadcast live starting at 7 p.m. (PST) on Comcast Sports Northwest (Channel 37 in Salem).

Zerzan won the Ad Rutschman Award last year for her efforts during the 2006 calendar year. Since then, her performances have made her a solid contender to repeat as the Ad Rutschman recipient. She won her second consecutive NCAA Division III individual national championship on Nov. 17, 2007 at St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minn. Earlier in the year, she took second place in the 5,000-meter run at the NCAA Division III National Track and Field Championships.

She has been an All-America selection three times in cross country and once in track and field. In cross country, she has won two national titles, three West Regional championships and two Northwest Conference titles. In track and field, she has competed at the National Championships twice, earning an 11th place finish in the 5,000-meter run in 2006, before taking second in the same event this past spring.

Other nominees for the 2007 Ad Rutschman Small College Women's Athlete of the Year Award are Jesse Gallaher (Concordia University, track and field), Kelsi Haylett (Oregon Institute of Technology, basketball, softball, track and field), Annie Hess (Concordia University, track and field) and Jenny Marshall (Linfield College, softball).

Sarah Zerzan holds her awards as the 2007 NCAA Division III National Champion in cross country. Zerzan is a finalist to repeat as an award winner at the Oregon Sports Awards.

Sarah Zerzan holds her awards as the 2007 NCAA Division III National Champion in cross country. Zerzan is a finalist to repeat as an award winner at the Oregon Sports Awards.