Thats the first top-10 finish for the Redbird women since 2003.
A total of 604 student-athletes will attempt to advance to nationals in Louisville, Ky.
The Valley recognizes 10 student-athletes three times annually (fall, winter, spring), for a total of 30 honorees.
The meet features two top-10 team finishers at the 2011 NCAA Championshpis
Women received seven first-place votes
Oct. 27, 2012 on the Weibring Golf Course
Competed in three events...Posted a 5K time of 18:20 at the Missouri Valley Conference Championships to finish 25th and help the team to a conference championship...Ran a 22:41 6K at the Midwest Regional.
Finished 10th at the 2011 State Farm MVC Championships, running an 18:22.9 5K, and helping the women's team to their first-ever MVC title since the Gateway Conference was absorbed by the MVC in 1992 ... earned All-Valley honors with that performance ... finished 11th at the Illinois Intercollegiate Championships with a personal-best 5K time of 18:07 ... finished the NCAA Midwest Regional 6K event with a time of 22:29.67 ... named a Valley Scholar-Athlete.
Ran to top-15 finishes in her first two collegiate meets ... placed 15th at the Illinois Intercollegiate and finished the 5K race in 18:36 ... ran a career-best time of 18:30.06 in the 5K at the Greater Louisville Classic ... finished 21st at the MVC Championships in 18:30.17, which was the second best-freshman performance .... finished with a personal-best 6K time of 22:08.52 at the NCAA Regional Championships.
PRIOR TO ISU
Maine South: Qualified for the cross country state track meet all four years in the 3-mile run ... finished 19th at the IHSA AAA state cross country meet her sophomore season ... took 24th place her junior season at the IHSA cross country state meet ... finished eighth in the 800-meter dash her junior year and finished in 12th place at the IHSA AAA state meet in the 800-meter run senior year ... earned all conference honors all four seasons at Maine South ... was a three-time conference champion in cross country.
Personal: Born 11/24/1991 ... daughter of Ted Zillmer and Michelle Klein ... her father played basketball at Trinity, while her mother ran track at Northern Illinois ... her sister, Lauren, swam at Eastern Illinois ... major is special education.