Zerzan Wins Second National Championship

Willamette University senior runner Sarah Zerzan won her second NCAA Division III Women's Cross Country National Championship Saturday, Nov. 17, at St. Olaf College.

Zerzan (San Carlos, Calif./Notre Dame High School) crossed the finish line in the 6-kilometer race with a time of 20:54, finishing 23 seconds ahead of second-place runner Liz Montgomery of SUNY Geneseo. Zerzan became only the third athlete to repeat as the NCAA Division III women's national champion.

She concludes her Willamette career with two individual national titles, three West Region championships and two Northwest Conference titles. Zerzan and junior teammate Maddie Coffman (Boise, Idaho/Boise High School) earned All-America honors as they led the Bearcat women's team to a ninth place finish. Coffman placed 11th individually (10th among scorers). The Willamette men's team tied for 18th.

Zerzan's accomplishments in running -- and in the classroom -- were featured in the Nov. 16 issue of The Oregonian. Read the article here: