Friday, January 16, 2009

Jacub Zivec, Eden Prairie Girls Honored

The Minnesota Association of USA Track & Field announced yesterday that Jacub Zivec and the Eden Prairie girls cross country team are USATF Minnesota's Athletes of the Month for January 2009.

Zivec, a Grand Rapids High School exchange student from the Czech Republic, was recognized for his stellar performances at the Nike Cross Nationals and Footlocker Finals meets in December. Zivec, who was barred from competing in Minnesota State High School League varsity competition last fall, finished runner-up at the Nike meet in Portland, Oregon and was 5th at the Footlocker Finals a week later in San Diego.

The Eden Prairie girls team, which won the MSHSL Class AA state title in November, was honored for its 11th place team finish at Nike Cross Nationals. The team of Cassy Opitz, Allie Rudin, Laura Lawton, Megan Platner, Dana Jeter, Hanna Hoch, and Alex Birkle, notched the highest finish at the meet ever by a Minnesota team at Nike.

USA Track & Field Minnesota selects Athletes of the Month to honor excellence in track and field and its related sports in Minnesota. USA Track & Field is the governing body of the sport in the United States and the Minnesota Association of USATF sanctions and sponsors track and field, cross country, road racing, and racewalking events for athletes of all ages in the state.

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