Zodda shows strength in 800 meters as he captures an NCAA Championship

Senior Jeff Zodda received his sixth career All-American citation after placing first in the 800-meter run at the 2006 NCAA Division III Indoor Championships in Minneapolis, MN.

In the process of picking up the individual championship, Zodda set a course record at the Tostrud Center with a time of 1:52.53 in the finals of the NCAA Tournament and helped lead his team to 13th place overall at the Division III Championships.

“It’s impossible to put into words … It feels really good, simply amazing,” Zodda said. “It’s been a long time coming … I knew I’d have to run really fast to get past the teams here. You always have to work for it. I just did my best.”

Zodda’s success did not stop there. In the spring outdoor track and field season, Zodda was the runner-up in the NCAA Division III Finals in the 800-meter run. The sprinter opened the finals by breaking a stadium record with a time of 1:50.69. Zodda also broke several school records, including the College’s record in the 500-meter dash with a time of 1:04.36.