Val Zielinski
Val Zielinski
Height: 5-5
Year: Jr.
Hometown: Hackettstown, N.J.
High School: Mt. Olive

As a Sophomore in 2012: Another one of the more versatile runners for the Bobcats as she saw time in seven events this season in three different races…Began the year with a season-best time of 2:30.41 in the 800m at the Fred Hardy Invitational…Posted a 2:33 flat at the George Davis Invitational on April 7…Finished 23rd at Brown with a time of 2:35.56 in the 800m and also posted a 5:46.76 one mile time at Brown on April 14…Crossed the line in 5:17.98 in the 1500m at MIT and followed with a 2:31.09 800m time at Yale the following week to finish 36th out of 68 runners…Closed the out the season with a 21st place showing at the NEC Championships on May 5 with a time of 2:31.72 in the 800m.

As a Freshman in 2011: Ran the one-mile in a personal-best, 5:33.18, at the Brown Outdoor Invitational on April 16…Finished the 800-meter run at the UMass Invitational on April 9 in a season-best time of 2:25.55.

Before Quinnipiac: Attended Mount Olive High School where she received four varsity letters in both outdoor track and soccer...She also ran indoor track for one year...Third Team All-Morris Country for the 1000-meter run in 2009-10...Was her track team's Most Valuable Player in her senior year...Was a Daily Record All-Area Honorable Mention recipient for outdoor track in 2010...Was selected to the All-NJAC Conference Second Team in 2010...Won the Track Coaches' Award in 2010...Was a First Team All-NJAC (American Division) selectee and was a member of the All-Morris County Third Team, for soccer, both in 2009...Was named her high school soccer team's the Most Valuable Player in 2008 and its MVP in 2009...Ran the 1,000-meter run in 3:08.33, the 1,600-meter run in 5:21 and the 800-meter run in 2:25.55...Honor roll student for all four years...Scholar Athlete Award recipient in soccer, indoor and outdoor track all four years.

Personal: A native of Hackettstown, N.J….Daughter of Gregory and Andrea Zielinski…Has a sister, Melissa…A student in the Physician’s Assistant program.