2013: Scored in four of UMBC’s six competitions as a freshman… Placed 13th overall at the America East Pre-Conference Meet at Binghamton with a 5k time of 19:16.8… Scored the next week as well, finishing 20th at the Salty Dog Invitational at Navy with a 6k mark of 22:11.12… Her time ranks as the eighth-fastest at that distance in program history… Also scored at the Princeton Invitational, completing the 6k West Windsor Field course in a time of 22:53… Finished off the season by scoring at the NCAA Mid-Atlantic Regionals with a 6k time of 22:19 on Lehigh’s Goodman Course.
Background: Led Boonsboro High to a sweep of the 1A Cross Country, Indoor Track, and Outdoor Track state championships in 2012-13... Qualified for the 2013 Outdoor Track Nationals in the 3200m run... Washington County (Md.) record holder for the 3,200m... Named the Herald Mail Runner of the Year three times from 2010-2012... Also selected as the Herald Mail Indoor Track Athlete of the Year in 2011 and 2012... Chosen as the Inside Sports Cross Country Runner of the Year 2011... Named the WHAG/Hagerstown Ford Student-Athlete of the Month for December 2012.
Personal: Daughter of Paul and Mary Zielinski... Has two brothers, Nick and Jacob, and one sister, Katie... Plans to major in modern languages and linguistics... Born June 13, 1995.