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Michael Zajac

  • position Throws
  • class Freshman
  • Hometown Lynchburg, Va.
  • High school E.C. Glass
  • position Throws
  • class Freshman
  • Hometown Lynchburg, Va.
  • High school E.C. Glass

Michael Zajac Bio

2011: Indoor NCAA Participant … All-American in the weight throw … SEC bronze medalist … indoors, competed in the weight throw and shot put … won five of seven meets in the weight throw … had a top mark of 69-09.50 (21.27m) at the Gamecock Invitational … took third at the SEC Indoor Championships at 68-10.50 (20.99m) to become the first three-time weight throw medalist in Gamecock history … placed seventh at the NCAA Indoor Championships with a throw of 67-11.50 (20.71m) … in the shot put, had a top mark of 52-08.00 (16.05m) at the Hokie Invitational … took 15th at the SEC Indoor Championships at 50-04.75 (15.36m).

2010: Indoor and Outdoor NCAA participant … All-American in the weight throw and hammer throw … NCAA Regional Participant in the hammer throw … SEC Indoor silver medalist in the weight throw … indoors, competed in the weight throw and shot put … top weight throw mark of 69-08 (21.23m) at the New Balance Collegiate … SEC silver medalist at 67-03 1/2 (20.51m) … placed eighth at NCAA Championships at 68-10 1/2 (20.99m) … had a shot put best of 53-07 (16.33m) … outdoors competed in hammer throw, shot put and discus … in hammer throw, had a top mark of 211-00 (64.31m) at the Florida Relays … placed fourth at SEC Outdoor Championships at 206-05 (62.92m) … took ninth at NCAA Preliminary before placing 15th at the NCAA Championships at 206-06 (62.96m) … in the shot put, had a top mark of 50-01 1/4 (15.27m) at the SEC Championships … in the discus throw, had a top mark of 164-5 (50.12m) at the SEC Championships to place fifth.

2009: Indoor NCAA participant in the weight throw … Indoor All-SEC Second Team … SEC Indoor silver medalist … indoors, finished in the top three in the weight throw at every regular season meet … opened season with a third place finish at the Kentucky Invite before winning the Tom Jones Memorial … took third at the New Balance Collegiate with a toss of 64-04 (19.61m) … earned back-to-back wins at the Tiger Paw Invitational and the Gamecock Invitational, hitting a new PR in each meet … earned SEC Indoor Championship silver medalist honors with a toss of 68-01 1/2 (20.76m) … hit a new personal best by winning the NCAA Last Chance meet with a throw of 68-05 1/4 (20.86m) … placed ninth at the NCAA Indoor Championships at 67-11 1/4 (20.72m) to earn his first All-America citation … outdoors, competed in the discus and hammer throw … in the hammer, opened the year with a second place finish at the Shamrock Invitational … proceeded to earn three consecutive wins at the Weems Baskin Invite, Pepsi Florida Relays and the State USATF meet … hit a personal best 209-7 (63.88m) at the Pepsi Florida Relays … took sixth at the Spec Town Relays … claimed fifth at the Penn Relays at 200-04 (61.08m) … finished sixth at the SEC Outdoor Championships and the NCAA East Region meet … in the discus, won the Shamrock Invitational at 164-06 (50.13m), claimed second at the State USATF meet and sixth at the Spec Town Relays at a season best 165-01 (50.32m).

2008: Named South Carolina[apos]s outdoor field rookie of the year … SEC All-Freshman Team indoors and outdoors … qualified for NCAA East Regional Championships in the hammer throw … indoors competed in the shot put and weight throw … placed fourth at the SEC Indoor Championships with a career best 63-3 ¼ in the 35lb weight throw … opened season with a second place finish at the UNC Classic at 61-6 ¼ … six top-five finishes in the weight throw, including a win at the Tiger Invitational … outdoors competed in the hammer and discus … three top-five finishes in the discus throw with a top mark of 167-7 at the Spec Towns Invitational … won hammer at Carolina Classic at 189-3 … placed 14th at the SEC Outdoor Championships in the discus at 157-9 … scored in the hammer throw at 198-7 for an eighth place finish … threw a personal best 200-7 to finish seventh at the NCAA East Regional Championships.

2007: Redshirted.

HIGH SCHOOL: Coached by Kevin Lathom at E.C. Glass High School … was a four-year letterman in track and field as well as football … was an All-American in the hammer, discus and weight throw … ranked No. 5 in the hammer throw … named his team[apos]s MVP as a sophomore, junior and senior … personal record for the discus was 185-2, 208-0 for the hammer and 58-9 in the shot put … won the state title in the shot put in 2006 during the indoor season for his first career championship.

PERSONAL: Michael Gregory Zajac was born Feb. 15, 1988, in Birmingham, Ala. … parents are Bert and Susan Zajac … pursuing a degree in accounting … once won an eating contest … greatest athletic thrill was winning three state titles in one year.

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