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    Zach Sabatino     
     
      Zach Sabatino
Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Charleston, W.Va.

High School:
George Washington

Last College:
West Virginia

Height / Weight:
6-1 / 150

Event:
Steeple/5,000

Experience:
1L

Honors:
All-America

PERSONAL RECORDS

Career Bests
1,500 3:51.5
3,000 8:08.24
Steeplechase 8:49.84
5,000 14:13.43 (i)
10,000 29:16.85

SEC Results-Indoor
2005-5,000 14:16.66 (10th)

SEC Results-Outdoor
2005-Steeplechase 9:24.56 (11th)

Mideast Regional Results-Outdoor
2005-Steeplechase 8:49.84 (8th)

NCAA Results-Outdoor
2005-Steeplechase 8:50.80 (22nd) preliminaries

SEC Results-Cross Country
2004-8K 24:02.67 (11th)
2005-7.9K 23:17.26 (6th)

South Regional Results-Cross Country
2004-10K 30:07.98 (10th)
2005-10K 29:53.18 (3rd)

NCAA Results-Cross Country
2005-10K 30:08.0 (23rd)

TENNESSEE HIGHLIGHTS

Major- Sport management.

2005-Outdoor- Clocked his lifetime-best steeplechase time of 8:49.84 to finish eighth at the NCAA Mideast Regionals (May 28) and qualify for the NCAA championships ... Ran an 8:50.80 time to rank 22nd in the steeplechase prelims at the NCAA championships ... Though ill, still competed in the steeplechase at the SEC outdoors, finishing 11th with a 9:24.56 time ... Achieved his lifetime-best effort in the 10,000 after running collegiate track and field's longest race in 29:16.85, placing 29th in section one at the Stanford Invitational (March 25) ... Finished third in the invitational steeplechase after running an 8:54.61 at the Sea Ray Relays ... Took second in the 3,000 (8:28.14) and fifth in the 1,500 (3:53.73) at the Gatorade Classic ... Injury prevented his finish in the championship section of the steeplechase at the Penn Relays ... Took the third leg on Tennessee's winning 4x1,500 relay with a time of 15:38.78 at the Sea Ray Relays.

2005-Indoor- Won the 5,000 at the Virginia Tech Challenge (Feb. 11) with a lifetime-best time of 14:13.43 ... Ran the 5,000 at the SEC indoor championships, placing 10th with a 14:16.66 time ... Ran a time of 8:15.87 in the 3,000 to take 19th and took the anchor leg on Tennessee's ninth-place, 9:51.83 distance medley relay effort at New York's New Balance Invitational ... Finished sixth in 8:16.59 contesting the 3,000 at the Penn State National Meet ... Earned bronze in the mile with a time of 4:12.30 at ETSU's Niswonger Invitational.

Cross Country 2005- Elected team co-captain with Matthew Lapp ... Won Most Valuable Runner Award and the Captain's Award at team banquet ... Lettered after authoring a breakout cross country season, leading the Vols back to the NCAA championship and posting their best team finish since 1998 ... After sitting out first meet, Sabatino ran in the last six of Tennessee's seven races, leading the Vols in each ... On the season, lost to only 39 runners while defeating 989 competitors to the finish line ... Led the Tennesseans in each of the three championship meets of the season and earned All-SEC, All-South Region and All-America honors ... Earned All-America honors after finishing 23rd in 30:08.0 in the 10K NCAA championship, the best individual finish by a Vol at NCAAs since Tony Cosey finished seventh in 1995 ... Finished third with a time of 29:53.18 at the 10K NCAA South Regionals ... Regional time of 29:53.18 led all competitors from the eight SEC schools competing in the race ... Finished sixth after completing the 7.9K SEC championship course in 23:17.26 ... His sixth-place finish marked the best by a Vol at the SEC meet since 2001 ... Trailed the SEC winner by just 18 seconds, the last time a Vol came closer to the SEC victor came in 1995 ... Led the Vols to a team victory in his season-opening race, the 7.3K Tennessee Invitational, by taking the individual championship with a 22:55 time ... Finished third with a 23:53.13 clocking as the Vols won their third consecutive meet at the 8K Greater Louisville Classic (gold race) ... Finished ninth in a massive field after completing the 8K Pre-Nationals Invitational (blue race) in 23:56.3.

Cross Country 2004- Won Most Valuable Runner Award at team banquet ... Lettered after running in five of Tennessee's six races and scoring in each ... Led the Vols four times and finished second in the Tennessee pack once ... Finished 10th, first among Vols, with a 30:07.98 time at the 10K NCAA South Regional to earn all-region acclaim ... Also garnered all-SEC honors after finishing 11th, first among Vols, in 24:02.67 at the 8K SEC championship ... Won the individual championship and led the Vols to the team title after breaking the tape in 25:10.14 at the five-mile Western Kentucky Old Timers Classic ... Struck silver and led the Vols with a 25:36.40 worksheet at the 8K Tennessee Invitational ... Finished 69th, second among Vols, in 25:02.5 at the 8K Pre-NCAA Meet (white race).

BEFORE TENNESSEE

Perhaps Tennessee's most heralded distance newcomer ... Transferred to Tennessee after West Virginia cut its program ... Earned silver in the steeplechase after clocking an 8:56.66 at the 2003 Big East outdoor championships ... Finished sixth in the 10,000 (30:20.82) at the 2002 USA junior championships ... Finished fourth in the 2002 USA Winter Cross Country Junior Championship with an 8K time of 25:16 ... Qualified for 2002 world cross country junior championship in Dublin, Ireland ... Led West Virginia and finished 13th at the 2002 NCAA Mid-Atlantic Cross Country Regional Championship after clocking a 31:03.1 time on the 10K course ... Helped West Virginia win the 2003 IC4A outdoor team title ...Won the 3,000 with a time of 8:08.84 at the 2004 Virginia Tech Last Chance Indoor Meet ... Finished sixth in the championship section of the steeplechase after running an 8:55.72 at the 2003 Penn Relays ... Member of athletic director's academic honor roll at West Virginia ... Boasted top times of 8:08.24 in the 3,000, 8:55.72 in the steeplechase, 14:19.64 in the 5,000 and 30:20.82 in the 10,000 before arriving at Tennessee ... Finished fifth in the West Virginia Cross Country Invitational as a freshman in 2001 ... Claimed 3,200 title at 2001 West Virginia state high school championships ... Earned multiple all-state honors.

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