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Ziel's Career Honors:
• Navy Women's Cross Country Team Captain (2009)
• Patriot League Women's Cross Country Scholar-Athlete of the Year (2008)
• Patriot League Academic Honor Roll (2007, '08)

2008:
• Ran in eight meets during her junior campaign
• Scored seven times and ranked as the team's second-fastest runner in three races
• Registered four top-10 finishes, three of which came in as many meets to open the year
• Placed fourth at the Mount St. Mary's Invitational and eighth Fordham Invitational, both 5k meets
• Boasted team's second-best time in the Salty Dog Invitational, Roy Griak Invitational and Paul Short Run
• Landed ninth overall in the Salty Dog Invitational courtesy of her 23:14.97 showing
• Produced a 22:24 clocking for third overall in the Star Meet against Army
• Finished the year with a 60th-place time of 23:48 at the NCAA Mid-Atlantic Region Championship

2007:
• Enjoyed a solid sophomore campaign
• Ran in seven meets and finished among Navy's scoring five in every time
• Totaled five top-20 performances
• Kicked off the year with a bang with the team's best time, 20th overall, via a 19:22.45 clocking in the 5k Covered Bridge Open
• Finished ninth one week later at the Dartmouth Invitational with a time of 21:15.2
• Placed 18th in the Salty Seadog Invitational with a 23:24 showing
• Rounded out the team's scoring five at the next three meets, the Paul Short Invitational, the Star Meet at Army and the Patriot League Championship
• Raced to a seventh-place time of 24:48.14 at West Point
• Ended the year with Navy's second-best time, a 22:04 clocking, to finish 62nd at the NCAA Mid-Atlantic Region Championship

2006:
• Saw action in four races as a rookie
• Opened the year with an 11th-place finish in the 4,200-meter race of the Harry Lang Invitational
• Owned a 23:46.25 showing at the Spiked Shoe Invitational
• Came in 39th place during the 4k race at the Stanford Invitational

Navy Track Career Bests:
• Mile - 5:31.23
• 3,000m - 10:07.53
• 5,000m - 17:21.83
• 10,000m - 37:02.51

High School:
• Attended Swan Valley High School, where she earned four letters in cross country and track
• Four-time member of the all-conference team in cross country
• Served as the cross country team captain from 2004-05
• Helped the cross country team to four-consecutive Tri-Valley Conference titles and two Saginaw County championships
• Named all-state in track as a senior
• Broke the school record in the 1,600-meter run with a time of 5:17.16
• Also selected team captain and team MVP of the track team during her senior campaign

Personal:
• Daughter of Barbara and Jeffrey Ziel
• Born June 5, 1988, in Saginaw, Mich.
• Majoring in oceanography

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