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Zach Ornelas
Zach Ornelas

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Cedar Park, Texas

High School:
Vista Ridge


07/21/2013

Ornelas Earns Spot on U.S. Mountain Running Team for Worlds

Ex-Men's Runner Ornelas Earns Spot on U.S. Mountain Running Team

11/17/2012

Wolverines Finish 23rd at NCAA Championships

Men's Cross Country Finishes 23rd at NCAA Championships

11/13/2012

Toeing the Line #9: U-M to Wrap Season at NCAA Championships

Men's Cross Country to Wrap Season at NCAA Championships

11/09/2012

Wolverines Secure Runner-up Finish at Regionals

Men's Cross Country Secures Runner-up Finish at Regionals

11/07/2012

Toeing the Line #8: U-M to Compete for Regional Title Friday

Men's Cross Country to Compete for Regional Title Friday

Last Updated: July 11, 2013

At Michigan ... All-Great Lakes Region (2012) ... U-M's Big Ten Sportsmanship honoree (2011, '12) ... Academic All-Big Ten (2010, '11, '12) ... Three-timeU-M Athletic Academic Achievement (2010, '11, '12).

Senior (2012) ... All-Great Lakes Region ...Earned Academic All-Big Ten honors ...U-M's Big Ten Sportsmanship honoree ... Finished 146th (31:04.8) at the 10,000-meter NCAA Championships (Nov. 17) ... Finished 24th (31:46) at the 10,000-meter NCAA Great Lakes Regional (Nov. 9), earning All-Great Lakes Region honors ... Finished 17th (24:14.0) at the 8,000-meter Big Ten Championships (Oct. 28) ... Finished 68th (24:07) at the 8,000-meter Wisconsin adidas Invitational (Oct. 12) ... Opened the season with a 22nd-place finish (24:52.0) at the 8,000-meter Virginia/Panorama Farms Invitational (Sept. 22).

Junior (2011) ... Earned Academic All-Big Ten honors ... U-M's Big Ten Sportmanship honoree ... Capped the season with an 161st-place finish at the NCAA Championships (Nov. 21) in a time of 31:19.3 ... Recorded a 26th-place finish at the NCAA Great Lakes Regional (Nov. 12), missing All-Region honors by one spot, with a time of in 30:55.3 to help U-M earn an at-large bid to the NCAA Championships ... Finished 33rd at the Big Ten Championships (Oct. 30) in a time of 24:35 ... Clocked a time of 25:39.10 at the Florida Mountain Dew Invitational (Sept. 24) to finish 17th overall ... Paced U-M at the Illinois Orange & Blue Preview (Sept. 16), finishing fifth overall with a time of 24:35 ... Opened the season with a first-place finish at the 5,000-meter Michigan Open (Sept. 2) in a time of 15:35.21.

Sophomore (2010) ... Earned Academic All-Big Ten honors ...Finished 122nd at the Wisconsin adidas Invitational (Oct. 14) in a time of 24:55.4 ... Claimed the 63rd spot at the NCAA Great Lakes Regional (Nov. 13) with a time of 31:58.17 ... Clocked career-best 25:16.5 en route to 65th place at the Big Ten Championships (Oct. 31) ... Took 139th place (25:19.3) at the NCAA Pre-Nationals (Oct. 16) ... Finished in 31st place at the Cowboy Jamboree (Sept. 25) with a time of 25:49.70.

Freshman (2009) ... Claimed 69th place at the NCAA Great Lakes Regional (Nov. 14), clocking a 10,000-meter time of32:50.05 ... Placed 59th (26:00.7) at the Big Ten Championships (Nov. 1) ... Took 15th place at the Michigan Intercollegiate (Oct. 9) with a time of 25:49.9 ... Clocked a career-best 25:11.6 en route to 57th at the Wisconsin adidas Invitational (Oct. 3) ... Claimed a fourth-place finish (26:37) at the Harry Groves Invitational (Sept. 11) ... Ran unattached and placed fifth at the Michigan Open (Sept. 4), clocking 19:18 over 6,000 meters.

Prep ... Graduated from Vista Ridge High School (2009) ... Honor Roll ... Claimed fourth place at the 2008 Nike Cross National South Regional ... Earned runner-up honors at the 2008 Texas state cross country meet ... Two-time district cross country champion (2007, '08) ... Captured the 2,000m steeplechase title at the 2008 Nike Outdoor Nationals ... Claimed Nike Outdoor Nationals runner-up honors in the 5,000m (2008, '09) and steeplechase (2009) ... Earned NSIC runner-up honors in the 5,000m (2008, '09) and two mile (2008) events ... Placed fourth in the 3,000-meter steeplechase at the USA Junior Nationals (2009) ... Took second place in the 3,200m at the 2008 Texas state meet ... Attended South Jefferson HS in Adams, N.Y., as a freshman and sophomore (2006-07) ... Claimed third place in the steeplechase at the 2007 New York state meet ... Frontier League champion in the 3,200m (2006, '07), 1,600m (2007), 4x800m (2007) and cross country (2006) ... Two-time AAU Junior Olympic champion in the 3,000m (2006, '07) ... Established the AAU national record in the 2,000m steeplechase (6:13.44).

Personal ... Enrolled in the School of Education ... Majoring in secondary education/physical education ... Born on July 15, 1991 ... Son of Andrew and Laura Ornelas.

   

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