East Carolina Looks To Strong Senior Class To Lead The Way
2011: Ran in the Pirates' first three meets of the year ... Opened campaign with a 59th-place performance at the 8K Covered Bridge Open, finishing the race in 27:38.8 ... Came in 19th overall at the Wolfpack Invitational, completing the 5K in 15:29.6 ... Time is the seventh fastest 5K in program history ... Came in third overall at the ECU Pirate Invitational with a time of 15:57.33.
2010: Named the team's most valuable player after pacing the squad four times, turning in four top-25 finishes and earning Third Team All-Conference USA honors ... An All-C-USA Academic Team selection ... Opened the year by setting the program record in the 6,400 meters with a 20:32.11 time at the Covered Bridge Open, placing 24th ... In the next race, the Wolfpack Invitational, tied for third on the ECU all-time 5K list with a career-best 15:23.1 performance, good for seventh place ... Took fourth at the 8K ECU Pirate Invitational (27:35.41) ... Finished the 8K Greater Louisville Classic with a time of 24:56.96 to claim 79th and the 8K Panorama Farms Invitational in 25:24.92 (34th place) ... Earned second career All-C-USA honor by coming in 18th at the 8K league event with a personal-best, and seventh-fastest in program history, time of 24:36 ... Ended year with a 33:04.12 time at the NCAA Southeast Regional, good for 102nd place.
2009: Competed in all seven of the team's races, turning in a trio of top-15 finishes ... Opened the campaign with a ninth-place overall showing at the Campbell Invitational, clocking in at 12:56.9 in the 4K ... At the 5K Seahawk Invitational, finished 12th overall with a time of 15:52.87 ... Helped team to the ECU Pirate Invitational championship by placing sixth overall with an 8K time of 26:38 ... Finished 34th of 125 at the Great American Cross Country Festival with a season-best 25:52 8K ... Checked in 76th with a time of 26:54 in the 8K at the Penn State Nationals ... At the C-USA Championship, completed the 8K in 26:45.5, good for 34th place ... In the final event of the year, ran the 10K at the NCAA Southeast Regional in 33:28.69, good for a 131st-place finish.
2008: Named the C-USA Freshman-of-the-Year, Second-Team All-C-USA, team most valuable runner and ECU's top freshman ... Finished in 13th place with a season-best 8K time of 25:14 at the league meet ... Pirates' top finisher in all five of his meets ... Time of 32:52.7 at the NCAA Southeast Regional is the 17th-best 10K performance in program history ... Began the season with a time of 15:41 in the 5K at the N.C. State Wolfpack Invitational, turning in highest overall finish of eighth ... Had three top-15 finishes.
High School: Cross Country: First-team all-league selection (2005-07) ... First-team all-state in 2007 ... Led team to state championship in 2007 ... Track and Field: All-America indoor selection in the 4x800-meter relay (2006-08) ... Helped lead 4x800-meter relay team to indoor national championship in 2008 ... At the 2008 Penn Relays, the 4x800-meter relay team ran a U.S. fastest time of 7:44.39 ... 4x800-meter relay ran a 7:38.79 at the Pennsylvania Outdoor State Championship, the 20th-fastest 4x800-meter relay in U.S. history ... Earned first-team all-league 11 times and all-state status eight times.
Personal: Academic major is history, secondary education ... Full name is Zachary Issac Montijo ... Son of David and Judy Garcia ... Has four sisters and three brothers ... Honor Roll selection for every marking period in high school.