2008 Track & Field
Outdoor: Competed in the pole vault at the NCAA Championships for the second consecutive year ... Was fifth in the pole vault at the NCAA Mideast Regional Championships with a personal-best height of 17-1 to earn All-Region honors ... Took sixth in the decathlon at the Big Ten Championships with a career-best point total of 6,776 that ranks second all-time in Illinois history ... Also competed in the pole vault and the javelin at the Big Ten Championships ... Pole vaulted over 17 feet for the first time in his career in placing eighth in the event at the Kansas Relays (17-0 3/4) ... Marked season-best 182-3 in the javelin in placing first at the Illinois Twilight. Indoor: Competed in the pole vault at the Big Ten Championships ... Pole vaulted indoor personal-best height of 16-10 3/4 at the Iowa State Classic, taking sixth ... Won pole vault titles at the Big Ten/SEC Challenge and Carle/Health Alliance Classic and was runner-up at the New Balance Invitational ... Took fifth in the heptathlon at the Husker Invitational (4,809 points) ... Ran personal-best 8.68 in the 60m hurdles at the Carle/Health Alliance Classic.
2007 Track & Field
Outdoor: Competed in the pole vault at the NCAA Championships ... Took second in the pole vault at the NCAA Mideast Regional Championships with a season-best height of 16-7 1/4 to earn All-Region honors ... Placed sixth in the decathlon at the Big Ten Championships with season-best 6,664 points ... Won the pole vault title at the SIU Sprint Classic and also took second in the javelin. Indoor: Took ninth in the heptathlon at the Big Ten Championships with personal-best 4,970 points ... Also competed in the pole vault at Big Tens, placing tenth ... Won the pole vault title at the Blue Raider Invitational ... Vaulted a season-best 16-5 1/2 in taking second at the Carle/Health Alliance Invitational.
2006 Track & Field
Outdoor: Placed eighth in the decathlon at the Big Ten Championships ... Took sixth in the pole vault at the Weems Baskins Relay meet ... Placed fourth in the javelin at the Mike Poehlein Invitational. Indoor: Placed sixth in the heptathlon at the Big Ten Championships ... Placed fourth in the pole vault at the EIU Friday Night Special.
2005 Track & Field
Redshirted the indoor and outdoor seasons.
State champion in the pole vault in 2004 ... Four-year all-conference honoree in track and field ... Lettered for four years both in track and field and football and once in basketball ... All-state selection in the 110m hurdles and pole vault as a senior ... Helped Sparta to the Class A team state championship ... Coached by Mark North.
Born Sept. 17, 1985 ... Son of Mike and Linda Zollner ... Has two brothers and one sister ... Majoring in sociology ... Currently a member of ROTC ... Plans to serve in the army for four years after college then seek a job with the Department of Natural Resources or as a park ranger or game warden ... Brother, Sean, was a catcher and outfielder for the Southeast Missouri baseball team ... Credits his older brothers with having the most influence on his athletic career ... Biggest sports thrill was having his high school team win the state championship as well as winning state himself.
Zollner's Personal Bests
Pole Vault (Indoor): 16-10 3/4 (5.15m)
Pole Vault (Outdoor): 17-1 (5.21)
Heptathlon: 4,970 points
Decathlon: 6,776 points