2008: Indoors competed in shot put and weight throw ... placed third in season opener at UNC Classic ... placed second at Tiger Invitational at career best 53-5 ¾ ... took second at Gamecock Invitational ... finished 16th at SEC Indoor Championships ... posted five top-10 finishes in weight throw ... took second in the weight throw at the Tiger Invitational at 56-11 ... placed 12th at SEC Indoors at 55-1 ... outdoors competed in shot put, hammer and discus ... placed 17th in shot put at SEC Outdoors ... took 13th at SECs in discus at 162-1 ... season best 171-9 in hammer throw for fifth place finish at Weems Baskin Relays ... seventh place in discus at Spec Towns Invitational at season best 166-5.
2007: Opened outdoor season at Hurricane Invite with a fourth place finish in shot put at 52-10 3/4 ... recorded a team-high 157-11 in discus at same meet ... hit personal-best 53-5 1/2 at Jim Click Shootout ... won shot put at Weems Baskin Relays with a mark of 50-10 1/4.
2006: The weight throw and shot put were contested during the indoor season ... in the weight throw, a 48-11 1/2 throw was good for a 12th-place finish at the Virginia Tech Invitational ... an improvement of 55-5 at the SEC Indoor Championships became a personal record and placed ninth ... in the shot put, opened up the indoor season with a PR throw of 51-5 3/4 at Virginia Tech ... at the SEC Indoor Championships, a 48-10 1/4 effort secured a 14th-place finish ... the hammer, shot put and discus were his events during the outdoor season ... had a personal record in the hammer with a 167-5 throw at the SEC Outdoor Championships, good for 14th place ... in the shot put, had a 51-3 mark at the Florida Relays ... set a PR at the SEC outdoor meet with a 55-2 toss to finish in ninth place ... in the discus, a throw of 162-0 placed eighth at the Florida Relays ... subsequent marks of 164-11 at the Orange & Purple Meet and 160-7 at the SEC Outdoor Championships rounded out the year.
2005: Was a regular entry in the shot put and weight throw competitions during the indoor season ... best effort in the shot was a 50-9 1/2 effort, over a foot longer than his previous best mark, to finish second at the USC Invitational ... top weight throw was 46-0 at the Meet of Champions ... competed once each in the shot and discus events during the outdoor season before taking a redshirt season ... won the Weems Baskin Relays shot put event with a mark of 49-3 1/2 ... also placed fifth in the same meet in the discus with a toss of 135-6.
HIGH SCHOOL: Coached by Doug Richardson, Warren Campbell and Rob Paneque at Wall High School ... lettered six times in track and field and three times in football ... state champion in the shot put (58-9) and discus (171-0) ... earned all-state honors and was the county MVP in the shot and discus ... named the New Jersey High School Athlete of the Year ... earned all-county honors in football, helping his team to the state title.
PERSONAL: David Eric Zaycek was born Oct. 1, 1985 ... parents are Wayne and Gail Zaycek ... currently pursuing a master's degree in sport management ... undergraduate degree in retailing ... enjoys fishing and hunting ... also considered North Carolina, Penn State and Connecticut before selecting South Carolina.