Michael Zajac
Michael Zajac

Hometown:
Lynchburg, Va.

High School:
E.C. Glass

Height:
6-3

Event:
Throws

Year (I/O):
R-Sr./R-Sr.


2011: Indoor NCAA Participant ... All-American in the weight throw ... SEC bronze medalist ... indoors, competed in the weight throw and shot put ... won five of seven meets in the weight throw ... had a top mark of 69-09.50 (21.27m) at the Gamecock Invitational ... took third at the SEC Indoor Championships at 68-10.50 (20.99m) to become the first three-time weight throw medalist in Gamecock history ... placed seventh at the NCAA Indoor Championships with a throw of 67-11.50 (20.71m) ... in the shot put, had a top mark of 52-08.00 (16.05m) at the Hokie Invitational ... took 15th at the SEC Indoor Championships at 50-04.75 (15.36m).

2010: Indoor and Outdoor NCAA participant ... All-American in the weight throw and hammer throw ... NCAA Regional Participant in the hammer throw ... SEC Indoor silver medalist in the weight throw ... indoors, competed in the weight throw and shot put ... top weight throw mark of 69-08 (21.23m) at the New Balance Collegiate ... SEC silver medalist at 67-03 1/2 (20.51m) ... placed eighth at NCAA Championships at 68-10 1/2 (20.99m) ... had a shot put best of 53-07 (16.33m) ... outdoors competed in hammer throw, shot put and discus ... in hammer throw, had a top mark of 211-00 (64.31m) at the Florida Relays ... placed fourth at SEC Outdoor Championships at 206-05 (62.92m) ... took ninth at NCAA Preliminary before placing 15th at the NCAA Championships at 206-06 (62.96m) ... in the shot put, had a top mark of 50-01 1/4 (15.27m) at the SEC Championships ... in the discus throw, had a top mark of 164-5 (50.12m) at the SEC Championships to place fifth.

2009: Indoor NCAA participant in the weight throw ... Indoor All-SEC Second Team ... SEC Indoor silver medalist ... indoors, finished in the top three in the weight throw at every regular season meet ... opened season with a third place finish at the Kentucky Invite before winning the Tom Jones Memorial ... took third at the New Balance Collegiate with a toss of 64-04 (19.61m) ... earned back-to-back wins at the Tiger Paw Invitational and the Gamecock Invitational, hitting a new PR in each meet ... earned SEC Indoor Championship silver medalist honors with a toss of 68-01 1/2 (20.76m) ... hit a new personal best by winning the NCAA Last Chance meet with a throw of 68-05 1/4 (20.86m) ... placed ninth at the NCAA Indoor Championships at 67-11 1/4 (20.72m) to earn his first All-America citation ... outdoors, competed in the discus and hammer throw ... in the hammer, opened the year with a second place finish at the Shamrock Invitational ... proceeded to earn three consecutive wins at the Weems Baskin Invite, Pepsi Florida Relays and the State USATF meet ... hit a personal best 209-7 (63.88m) at the Pepsi Florida Relays ... took sixth at the Spec Town Relays ... claimed fifth at the Penn Relays at 200-04 (61.08m) ... finished sixth at the SEC Outdoor Championships and the NCAA East Region meet ... in the discus, won the Shamrock Invitational at 164-06 (50.13m), claimed second at the State USATF meet and sixth at the Spec Town Relays at a season best 165-01 (50.32m).

2008: Named South Carolina's outdoor field rookie of the year ... SEC All-Freshman Team indoors and outdoors ... qualified for NCAA East Regional Championships in the hammer throw ... indoors competed in the shot put and weight throw ... placed fourth at the SEC Indoor Championships with a career best 63-3 ¼ in the 35lb weight throw ... opened season with a second place finish at the UNC Classic at 61-6 ¼ ... six top-five finishes in the weight throw, including a win at the Tiger Invitational ... outdoors competed in the hammer and discus ... three top-five finishes in the discus throw with a top mark of 167-7 at the Spec Towns Invitational ... won hammer at Carolina Classic at 189-3 ... placed 14th at the SEC Outdoor Championships in the discus at 157-9 ... scored in the hammer throw at 198-7 for an eighth place finish ... threw a personal best 200-7 to finish seventh at the NCAA East Regional Championships.

2007: Redshirted.

HIGH SCHOOL: Coached by Kevin Lathom at E.C. Glass High School ... was a four-year letterman in track and field as well as football ... was an All-American in the hammer, discus and weight throw ... ranked No. 5 in the hammer throw ... named his team's MVP as a sophomore, junior and senior ... personal record for the discus was 185-2, 208-0 for the hammer and 58-9 in the shot put ... won the state title in the shot put in 2006 during the indoor season for his first career championship.

PERSONAL: Michael Gregory Zajac was born Feb. 15, 1988, in Birmingham, Ala. ... parents are Bert and Susan Zajac ... pursuing a degree in accounting ... once won an eating contest ... greatest athletic thrill was winning three state titles in one year.