Natalja

Callahan (Zarcenko)

NataljaCallahan (Zarcenko)Zoom
Year: Senior
City/State: Valmiera, Latvia
High School: Pargauja Gymnasium
Experience: High School

Bio


Honors
Second-Team Arthur Ashe Jr. Scholar (2008)
NCAA Midwest All-Region (2007, 2008)
First-Team Academic All-Big 12 (2007, 2008)
Big 12 Commissioner's Fall Honor Roll (2005, 2006, 2007, 2008)
Big 12 Commissioner's Spring Honor Roll (2006, 2007, 2008)

2008 (Senior)

Natalja Callahan capped her Husker career with her second straight All-Midwest Region honor and a trip to the NCAA Championships.

 

Recovering from injury, Callahan got a late start to the 2008 season as she didn’t compete until the fourth meet of the season, posting a 16th-place finish at the South Dakota State Classic with a time of 18:32. Following a 93rd-place finish at the NCAA Pre-Nationals, Callahan finished in the top 30 at the Big 12 Championships for the third straight year, placing 23rd with a time of 21:56.1.

 

Callahan earned her second straight All-Midwest Region honor with a 20th-place finish at the regional meet, the top finish of her career. She was one of four Huskers to earn All-Midwest Region honors at the meet, helping the Husker women finish third in the team standing and earn an at-large big to the NCAA Championships. At her first national meet, Callahan was the second Husker to cross the finish line, finishing 128th with a time of 21:23.8.

 

 

2007 (Junior)

Callahan had a strong finish to her junior year after getting a late start. She did not compete in the first two meets of the season, the Creighton/UNO Classic and the Woody Greeno. The Valmiera, Latvia, native finished in the top 25 at both the Big 12 Championships and the NCAA Midwest Regional meet.

 

After finishing 37th in 2005 and 28th in 2006, Callahan vaulted to a 20th-place finish in 2007 with a time of 21:41.7 at the Big 12 Championships. At the NCAA Midwest Regional meet she bettered her finish as well, placing 23rd with a time of 21:01. It was nearly a minute faster then her 28th-place finish in 2006, and 1:25 faster then her 37th-place finish in 2005. For her 23rd-place finish at the regional, Callahan earned NCAA Midwest All-Region honors.

 

Callahan continued to perform well on the track as she scored for the third straight year in the indoor mile at the Big 12 Indoor Championships, finishing sixth after placing 8th in 2006 and fifth in 2007. She carried momentum to the outdoor season where she finished fifth in the 1,500 meters (4:38.11) at the conference meet. With a third-place finish in the 1,500 meters at her first NCAA Regional meet, she made her first trip to the NCAA Outdoor Championships. In Des Moines, Iowa, at the NCAA meet, she failed to advance past the preliminaries, finishing 21st out of 28 competitors. She sits in the top 10 all-time at Nebraska outdoors in 800 meters (8th; 2:07.74) and 1,500 meters (5th; 4:18.63).

 

Callahan also excelled in the classroom, earning first-team academic All-Big 12 honors while carrying a 3.454 GPA in finance and accounting.

 

2006 (Sophomore)

Callahan began the year with three top-10 finishes in the first four meets. She also ended on a strong note as the Huskers’ third runner at the Big 12 Championships and NCAA Midwest Regional.

 

Not only did Callahan improve her overall placing in every meet from her freshman to sophomore seasons, but she also reached the top 30 on the conference and regional levels to help the Huskers to top-four team finishes to end the season.

 

During indoor track, Callahan placed fifth in the mile (4:49.86) at the Big 12 Championships in Ames, Iowa, on an oversized track. She won the 1,500-meter run at   the prestigious Drake Relays in a time of 4:21.57. Her season ended early at the Big 12 Outdoor Championships when she suffered a stress fracture in the preliminaries of the 1,500 meters.

 

2005 (Freshman)

Callahan’s best placing came at the South Dakota State Invitational, where she placed 14th in 18:37. She set a season-best 6K time to finish 32nd at the Big 12 Championships (22:21) before ending the season as NU’s third finisher in 37th place at the NCAA Midwest Regional.

 

Pargauja Gymnasium (Latvia)

Callahan participated sparingly in cross country while in Latvia, but proved to be well-suited for the sport given her outstanding distance performances on the track.

 

Coached by Raitis Ravinskis, Callahan owned outstanding track marks as a youth athlete. She posted times of 2:08.35 in the 800-meter run, 4:28.65 in the 1,500 meters and 9:54.16 in the 3,000 meters. She won the 1,500 at the 2003 Baltic Youth Games. Callahan ran her 800-meter personal best of 2:08.35 in the 2005 Gustav Sule Memorial in Tartu, Estonia. She won the 2005 Latvian Junior 1,500-meter run championship (4:28.65).

 

Personal

The daughter of Didzis Kikuts and Olga Zarcenko, Natalja was born Sept. 28, 1986. Natalja is majoring in finance and accounting at Nebraska and is a six-time Big 12 Commissioner’s Honor Roll selection.

                                            

2008 Results

Creighton/UNO (5K)

BYU Invitational (6K)

Woody Greeno (6K)

South Dakota State (5K)

NCAA Pre-Nationals (6K)

Big 12 Championships (6K)

NCAA Midwest Regional (6K)

NCAA Championships (6K)

Sr.

DNR

DNR

DNR

16th, 18:32

93rd, 21:49.3

23rd, 21:56.1

20th, 21:31.6

128th, 21:23.8

2007 Results

Creighton/UNO Classic (5K)

Woody Greeno (6K)

Roy Griak (6K)

NCAA Pre-Nationals (6K)

Chile Pepper Festival (6K)

Big 12 Championships (6K)

NCAA Midwest Regional (6K)

NCAA Championships (6K)

Jr.

DNR

DNR

42nd, 22:27.8

63rd, 21:21.9

DNR

20th, 21:41.7

23rd, 21:01

DNQ

2006 Results

Creighton/UNO Classic (5K)

Woody Greeno (6K)

Roy Griak (6K)

South Dakota State (5K)

Chile Pepper Festival (6K)

Big 12 Championships (6K)

NCAA Midwest Regional (6K)

NCAA Championships (6K)

So.

4th, 19:03

6th, 22:49.6

64th, 22:46

10th, 18:04.0

58th, 21:53.5

27th, 22:17.51

28th, 21:56.42

DNQ

2005 Results

Creighton/UNO Classic (5K)

Woody Greeno (6K)

Roy Griak (6K)

South Dakota State (5K)

Chile Pepper Festival (6K)

Big 12 Championships (6K)

NCAA Midwest Regional (6K)

NCAA Championships (6K)

Fr.

19th, 21:28

16th, 22:41

100th, 22:57

14th, 18:37

93rd, 22:56

32nd, 21:21

37th, 22:26

DNQ

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