2018-19 Track and Field Roster
Hometown Syracuse, NY
High School Christian Brothers Academy
AS A SENIOR
- PRed in the 100m dash at the ACC Championships (10.79 seconds).
- Set a PR in the 60-meter dash (6.89) at the Meyo Invitational.
- Crossed the finish line in third place in the 60-meter dash (6.94) at the Notre Dame Invitational.
- Placed fourth in the 400-meter dash (50.78) at the Gene Edmonds Open.
- First-place finisher in the 200-meter dash (22.10) and added a third-place result in the 60-meter dash (6.99) at the Blue and Gold Invitational.
AS A JUNIOR
- Secured a fourth-place finish in the 4×400-meter relay (3:25.74) at the Louisville Invitational.
- Set a PR in the 400-meter dash (48.70) at the ACC Indoor Championships.
- Logged a third-place result in the 400-meter dash (50.44) at the Indiana University Relays.
- Placed third with the 4×400-meter relay (3:22.08) at the Michigan Wolverine Invitational.
- Runner-up in the 200-meter dash (22.45) and with the 4×400-meter relay (3:21.42) at the Blue and Gold Invitational.
AS A SOPHOMORE:
- Set a personal best time of 6.93 in the finals of the Illini Classic 60m (indoor).
- Recorded a PR of 21.84 in the 200m at the ACC Indoor Championship.
- Was a member of the top 4x400m relay team in 2017, recording a time of 3:11.81 at the ACC Indoor Championships.
- Marked a PR performance of 10.72 in the 100m at the Louisville Invite (outdoor).
AS A FRESHMAN:
- Was a member of the Men’s Soccer team practice squad.
- Did not participate in Track and field.
PREP AND PERSONAL:
- Graduated from Christian Brothers Academy (Syracuse, NY) in spring of 2015.
- Participated in Soccer (3 varsity letters) and Indoor/Outdoor track (5 varsity letters combined) in high school.
- Listed as a 4-star soccer recruit (TopDrawerSoccer) and ranked twelfth best recruit in region (TopDrawerSoccer) in high school.
- Participated in US Olympic Development Academy during his junior and senior year.
- Full name is Zachary Robert Sames Zajdel.
- Son of Robert Zajdel and Carol Sames.
- Has two older sisters (Melissa, Rachel) and a younger brother (Christopher).
- Father Robert ’80, Sister Rachel ’15, and Uncle William ’86 attended Notre Dame.
- Mother Carol ran track at Oklahoma (All American in DMR); Sister Melissa ran track at Princeton.
- Enrolled in the Mendoza College of Business and double majoring in Finance and Economics.