Ziggy On Track (and Field) for Success
Chelsea Zeig '14
Chelsea Zeig, affectionately known on Lasell's campus as "Ziggy" (or Ziggatron if you are President Alexander), started her senior year with a bang and she shows no signs of stopping.
Last summer, she was selected to travel to the Maccabiah Games in Israel as a member of the USA Track and Field team. The games are held once every four years and feature Jewish athletes from all over the world representing their home countries. Zeig was one of 9,000 athletes to compete in the games.
For her part, Zeig returned to Lasell with three medals in shot put (silver), discus (bronze) and hammer throw (bronze.) No time for resting on her laurels though, Zeig's success has motivated her further.
Qualifying for either the ECACs (Eastern College Athletic Conference tournament) or New Englands (New England Intercollegiate Amateur Athletic Association tournament) is next on her list for her last season of collegiate outdoor track. But true to her nature, she's also thinking beyond herself.
"More than anything, I am here to see others achieve greatness. As long as I can finish this season confident in the program and that it will do great for years to come, I cannot be disappointed," says the Track and Field Team captain.
Zeig is extremely thoughtful about her path to success and cites a concussion she suffered sophomore year - as a member of the Volleyball team - as a defining event.
After more than a year on the bench after that setback, the two-sport athlete determined that she needed to switch her focus to Track - and her desire to succeed became evident to all.
"It made me work harder than I ever have before. Because of one fall, I became the best version of myself, one that I am truly proud of," the Track and Field record holder tells Leaves.
Her coach, James Martin, says Zeig has left her mark on the College and in Track and Field.
"Chelsea is one of those athletes that you want to have because her drive can be infectious -- helping to motivate others on the team and she actively promotes the sport at the College to help raise interest," he says.
Beyond her athletic success, the Education (curriculum and instruction) major has had a full four years at Lasell - as evidenced by her email signature: resident assistant, president of Active Minds (a student organization focusing on mental health awareness) and Golf Club treasurer.
She names her first open mic night performance, an 18-mile trek for Relay for Life, and her first experience student teaching among several wonderful memories of campus.
"The whole experience at Lasell has been just a blast for me. I always have new or incoming students asking me if Lasell was a good choice and without a doubt, Lasell has been the school for me," she adds.
As for post graduation, Zeig has hopes of continuing on to graduate school (perhaps at Lasell) and continue learning.
"As I have become a young adult, [I've found that lifelong learning] helps us grow as people and become better human beings."
That's what Lasell has come to expect from this decorated Laser.