Zerzan Named to Top 15 Best Student/Athletes List by Hall of Fame Network

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

SALEM, ORE. -- Sarah Zerzan (Sr., San Carlos, CA/Notre Dame HS), who recently graduated after competing for Willamette University for four years in track and field and cross country, has been named to the Hall of Fame Network's list of "The 15 Best Student/Athletes You've (Probably) Never Heard Of". The list covers all levels of collegiate athletics and honors athletes who have excelled in their sport(s) and in the classroom. All of the selections were graduating seniors in 2007-08.

Zerzan was selected for her outstanding success as a runner and as a Chemistry major on WU's Biochemistry track. She earned NCAA Division III individual national championships in cross country in 2006 and 2007, and was a national runner-up in track and field in the 5,000-meter run during the spring of 2007.

She established six Willamette records, with two in cross country and four in track and field. Her cross country records were recorded at 5 kilometers (16:49.4) and 6 kilometers (20:32.7). She achieved records in track and field while competing in the 1,500-meter run (4:31.52), the 3,000-meter run (9:39.01), the 5,000-meter run (16:28.54) and the 10,000-meter run (35:20.17).

She received the NCAA Today's Top VIII award as one of just eight student-athletes from throughout the NCAA's three divisions to be honored for their athletic and academic achievements, character and leadership. She was chosen each of the past two years as the nominee from cross country for the NCAA Division III Collegiate Woman Athlete of the Year Award. This spring, she was selected for the Jean Williams Award, which goes to Willamette's top senior female student-athlete based on leadership, scholarship and athletic success.

Zerzan was named First Team ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America in cross country and track and field in 2006-07. She received an NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship and has achieved a 3.94 cumulative grade point average. She is a member of the Phi Beta Kappa honor society.

Her community service activities have included working with youngsters at area schools as a Russian-English and Spanish-English bilingual mentor. She has been a steering committee member for Willamette's chapter of the Student Global Aids Campaign.

The Hall of Fame Network's "15 Best Student/Athletes You've (Probably) Never Heard Of" includes:

Sarah Zerzan, Willamette University (women's cross country, track & field)
Shauna Stapleton, Purdue University (women's soccer)
Matt Dobbins, Jacksonville University (baseball)
Rachel Dawson, University of North Carolina (field hockey)
Mislav Hizek, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (men's tennis)
Max Pinto, Williams College (baseball)
P.J. Thiesen, University of St. Thomas (men's track and field, football)
Lindsay Ippel, Millikin University (women's basketball)
Caroline Burckle, University of Florida (women's swimming)
Roberto Castro, Georgia Tech University (men's golf)
Katie Heenan, University of Georgia (women's gymnastics)
Tristan Murray, James Madison University (men's soccer)
Tommy Scherr, University of Delaware (men's lacrosse)
Sarah Kirkwood, University of Virginia (volleyball)
Dan VeNard, University of Notre Dame (men's ice hockey)

Sarah Zerzan won back-to-back NCAA Division III national titles in cross country in 2006 and 2007.

Sarah Zerzan won back-to-back NCAA Division III national titles in cross country in 2006 and 2007.