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Erica Ziel

Career Performances

Career-Best Marks

• Mile - 5:31.23

• 3,000m - 10:07.53

• 5,000m - 17:21.83

• 10,000m - 37:02.51

Career Honors

• 2009 Patriot League Indoor Track Scholar Athlete of the Year

• 2009 Patriot League Outdoor Track Scholar Athlete of the Year

• 2009 CoSIDA First-Team Academic All-District

• 2008 Patriot League Indoor 5,000m Champion

• 2008 Patriot League Outdoor 5,000m Champion

• 2009 2008 and 2007 Patriot League Academic Honor Roll

• Patriot League Rookie of the Week (April 10, 2007)

In the Navy Record Books

• 5,000 - Indoor (9th, 17:21.83)


• Became fourth athlete in Patriot League history to record clean sweep of conference's scholar-athlete of the year awards (cross country, indoor and outdoor track)

• Individual ECAC qualifier during indoor (5k) and outdoor (10k) seasons

• Multiple-event scorer at both league championship meets

• At indoor league meet, placed third in the 3,000 and fourth in the 5,000

• Finished fifth in the 5,000 and 10,000 at the outdoor championship

• Posted conference's third-fastest 10,000 time with PR of 37:02.51

• Scored in both Army meets, led by runner-up 3,000 effort during team's indoor victory

• Competed in 12 individual track events and earned 11 top-five finishes

• Ran in eight meets during cross country season, scoring seven times with four top-10 efforts


• Had breakout year, winning the 5,000 at the indoor and outdoor league championships

• Ran indoor season-best time of 17:31.80 in her indoor victory

• Qualified for ECAC Championship in the 5,000, finishing 15th

• Delivered then-PR of 17:23.80 in outdoor Star Meet win over Army

• Ran seven cross country races, finishing among scoring five in each race


• Primarily ran in the outdoor 5,000 during her freshman year

• Recorded season-best time in first-collegiate outdoor race, the Navy Invitational (18:16.31)

• Competed in the event at the Patriot League Championship, placing 15th overall

High School:

• A 2006 graduate of Swan Valley High School in Saginaw, Mich.

• Earned four letters in track and cross country

• All-State track selection as a senior

• Broke school 1,600m record with time of 5:17.16

• Captain and team MVP during senior campaign

• Four-time member of all-conference cross country team

• Served as cross country team captain from 2004-05

• Helped cross country team to win four Tri-Valley Conference titles and two Saginaw County championships


• Full name is Erica Alma Ziel

• Daughter of Barbara and Jeffrey Ziel

• Born June 5, 1988, in Saginaw, Mich.

• Majoring in oceanography, owns 3.81 grade-point average

• Ranks third in Military Order of Merit and 21st overall in Class of 2010

• Named to Superintendent's and Commandant's Lists five times

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