East Carolina Looks to Build on Last Year's Finishes
Bjork Olsen leads women; Jakub Trzasalski leads men
Women's Race at 10:15 a.m.; Men's Race at 10:45 a.m.
Women's team places sixth in gold race; Men's team finishes 17th in gold race
2012: Competed in six races and had a pair of top-10 finishes ... Began his season with a seventh-place finish at the 5K Seahawk Invitational (16:06.39) ... Had his top 5K time in finishing 19th at the Adidas XC Invitational (15:56.74) ... Placed fourth at the 5K ECU Pirate Invitational (15:47.7) ... Ran in the 8K gold race at the Charlotte Cross Country Invitational, where he took 76th place (26:59.5) ... Improved his 8K time by 23 seconds and placed 124thh at NCAA Pre-National ... Finished his season by placing 48th at the 8K Conference USA Championship (26:59.4).
2011:Had a breakout year for the Pirates, pacing the squad in five of team's seven meets ... Named the Conference USA Male Athlete-of-the-Week for Sept. 27 ... Opened campaign with a 28:18.2 time, and 81st-place showing, at the 8K Covered Bridge Open ... Ran the sixth-best 5K in program history at the Wolfpack Invitational, clocking out in a career-low 15:23.5 to claim 14th place ... Finished second overall at the ECU Pirate Invitational with a time of 15:51.80 to earn C-USA Male Athlete-of-the-Week honor ... Time is the 17th-fastest on the East Carolina record list ... Finished 28th out of 285 runners at the 8K Greater Louisville Classic, completing the race in 25:45.08 ... Placed 63rd at the Panorama Farms Invitational, running the 8K in 26:41.91 ... Turned in career-best 8K of 25:40.0 at the Conference USA Championship to claim 27th overall ... Ended the campaign with a 17:41 performance (39th place) at the 5K 3 Stripe Red-Shirt Invite.
2010:Ran in one race, finishing the 8K Panorama Farms Invitational in 27:46.66 to take 79th place.
High School: Won the 2009 Polish Junior Nationals championship in the 800 meters, finishing in 1:51.06 ... 2009 Indoor Champion of Poland in the 800 meters with a time of 1:53.67 ... Won the 2009 Polish Junior Pre-Nationals in the 800 meters, finishing in 1:50.03 ... Represented Poland in European Junior Championships in 2009 and made it to the semifinals ... At the Junior National Championships U-20 meet in August 2008, took fourth place out of all Polish runners in the 800 meters and was first against runners born in the 1990s ... Competed at the Youth National Championships in 2007 (800 meters, fifth place) and 2005 (1,000 meters, fourth place) ... Took part in the Junior National Cross Country Championship U-20 meet in March 2008, claiming eighth place in the 3K.
Personal: Intended academic major is international business ... Son of Antony and Eleanor Trzasalski ... Named Barlinek's Best Sportsman in the city in 2008, 2009 and 2010 ... Served as high school president for two years ... Biggest sports thrill was running in European Junior Championships in Serbia ... Favorite movie is Blow.