Jessica Soja
Jessica Soja
Height: 5-9
Year: Sr.
Hometown: Simsbury, Conn.
High School: Simsbury

As a Junior in 2012: Burst onto the scene with a breakout 2012 campaign that had her earning her first career All-NEC distinction…Was perhaps the Bobcats’ most-consistent and dependable runner all year as she finished second-fastest on the team in five of the six races she competed…Started the season with a time of 18:49.9 in the Nassaney Memorial Race which earned her a 13th place finish overall out of 183 competitors…Followed up with a 3rd place finish, the best of her career, at the Quinnipiac Invitational where she crossed the line in 18:52.3…Ran the Paul Short Invitational nearly three full minutes faster than her 2011 time as she finished in 22:10, good for 108th overall (out of 360) and second-fastest on the team…Established a personal-best time of 18:18.73 in the New England Varsity Championship which was good enough for 42nd overall (out of 251)…Lifted her team to an eighth consecutive NEC title after crossing the line in 18:19.81 and finishing in 7th place overall for her first career All-Conference honor just one year removed from finishing in 15th position, just one place outside of the All-NEC team…Closed out her season with a time of 22:29.5 at the NCAA Regional to finish 132nd out of 253.

As a Sophomore in 2011: Competed in all eight races for the Bobcats on the season…Finished the NCAA Regionals on Nov. 12 in 23:55…Finished fifth among Bobcat runners and 15th overall in the Northeast Conference Championship on Oct. 29 with 19:33.70…Placed 11th at the Central Connecticut Cross Country Mini-Meet with 10:43 on Oct. 21…Was the fastest Bobcat runner in the sub-varsity New England Cross Country Championship with 19:23 on Oct. 8…Ran the Paul Short Women Gold 6k in 24:46 on Sep. 30…Finished the Monmouth Invitational in 19:58 on Sep. 17…Competed the Fordham University Invitational on Sep. 10 in 19:54.89…Placed 9th at the Stony Brook Invitational on Sep. 3 with 15:09.

As a Freshman in 2010: On Oct. 30, placed 19th at the Northeast Conference Championships with a time of 18:34.4…Ran at the New England Championships with a time of 18:55…Placed eighth at 15:42.03 at the Seawolves Invitational on Sept. 4…Finished the Paul Short Invitational in 23:26 on Oct. 1.

Before Quinnipiac: Attended Simsbury High School where she was a four-year member of the girls cross country, track and field, and swimming and diving teams...Her cross country team was Class L Champions in 2006 and 2007, and was runner-up at the State Open in 2006...Helped the track team become Class L Champions in 2009...Was named All-Conference and All-State for three years, in 2007-2009, and was a New England qualifier in 2009....Was named All-Conference in 2009 and 2010 in track and qualified for States all four years...Was the 4x800 New England Champions in 2009 and the runner-up in 2010...Held the team record in the 4x800 relay...Led her high school swimming team to qualify for the State Trials in 2007, 2008, and 2010...Went to the State Finals in 2010....Was the 100 yard Backstroke Champion at the 2010 Splash Championships...Was named captain of both cross country and track in high school...Won the Elmer Vincent Award, Best in Track Award and Most Valuable Player Award in 2010...Also was a Connecticut High School Scholar-Athlete Award recipient as a Simsbury Scholar...Also a member of the National Honors Society.

Personal: Native of Simsbury, Conn...Daughter of Gregory and Valerie Soja...Her mother, Valerie, attended Quinnipiac…Has two sisters, Rebecca and Sarah, and two younger brothers, Christopher and Peter… Her identical twin, Rebecca, is a member of the Syracuse University women's rowing team...An occupational therapy major.