Highlights of NCAA Honors Celebration to be Shown on ESPN2, ESPN2HD and ESPNU

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

SALEM, ORE. -- Highlights from the 2008 NCAA Honors Celebration, which included Willamette University senior runner Sarah Zerzan (San Carlos, CA/Notre Dame HS) receiving the NCAA Today's Top VIII Award, will be aired on ESPN2 at 12 noon (PST) on Friday, Feb. 1. The show, which is scheduled to last for one hour, will also be simulcast on ESPN2HD.

The broadcast of the NCAA Honors Celebration will be repeated twice on ESPNU. The first airing on ESPNU is slated for Saturday, Feb. 9 at 5 a.m. (PST). The show will also air on Monday, Feb. 11 at 12 noon (PST).

Zerzan was one of just eight student-athletes from all divisions of the NCAA selected to receive the Today's Top VIII Award. All of the recipients were in their final year of eligibility and were selected for their athletic and academic achievements, plus character and leadership.

Zerzan won back-to-back NCAA Division III individual national championships in cross country in 2006 and 2007. She also helped Willamette place ninth in the team standings at the 2007 NCAA National Championships, while earning All-America honors for the third consecutive season.

Her list of individual titles includes winning three NCAA West Regional crowns (2005, 2006, 2007) and two Northwest Conference championships (2006, 2007). This year, she was the only women's runner at the NWC, West Regional and National meets to finish six kilometers in under 21 minutes, which she accomplished at all three meets.

In track and field, she took second place in the women's 5,000-meter run at the 2007 NCAA Division III National Championships. She also won the Northwest Conference title in the 1,500-meter run, helping Willamette claim the team title.

Zerzan earned First Team ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America honors in the combined category of cross country/track and field for the 2006-07 academic year. She has achieved a 3.93 cumulative grade point average while majoring in Chemistry (Biochemistry track). She plans to attend medical school next year.

Sarah Zerzan at the NCAA Honors Celebration with Willamette Head Coach Matt McGuirk. Zerzan is holding her NCAA Today's Top VIII Award (Photo by Trevor Brown, Jr., NCAA Photos).

Sarah Zerzan at the NCAA Honors Celebration with Willamette Head Coach Matt McGuirk. Zerzan is holding her NCAA Today's Top VIII Award (Photo by Trevor Brown, Jr., NCAA Photos).