The Lynchburg College athletic department each week showcases a question and answer feature with our Hornet of the Week. The 19th student-athlete selected this year is men's track and field sophomore Zachary Kezar.
Zachary had a great day for the Hornets at the Marietta Open #2. He finished fourth in the 200-meter dash with a time of 23.97. He then went on to win the long jump competition with a leap of 6.50 meters (21' 4"). He later helped lead the LC 4x200-meter relay team to a winning time of 1:37.27.
What do you like most about LC track and field?
There is not one specific thing I like most about LC track and field. But if I were to have to pick something it would be that we are one big family. At track meets the whole team is there no matter what. If people aren't competing they still come to show support and cheer on our fellow teammates. I remember this specifically last year for the indoor track and field ODAC championships when I was competing in long jump, my teammates had both sides of the runway lined just to cheer me on. There was no better feeling then seeing all of them there just to support me.
How did the track and field team affect your decision to attend Lynchburg College?
When choosing to attend Lynchburg College I looked at a lot more than just sports. The reason I came to LC is because I wanted a small campus and LC had the major I wanted. So I was already leaning towards LC to begin with. But I knew I wanted to do track and field as well so I met with my now event coach Brandon Edwards just to see what the program was all about and right after meeting him I knew that Lynchburg College was going to be my new home for the next four years.
What is your favorite moment thus far as a Hornet?
My favorite moment thus far as a Hornet would have to be winning my first ODAC event championship as a freshman (Long Jump). The amount of excitement running through my body was overwhelming. Then only a few hours later we took home the ODAC championship as a team. It was just one of my favorite moments getting to celebrate with my teammates that day.
How do you think being a student-athlete has affected you personally?
Being a student-athlete has affected me more than I thought it was going to. The way I have to manage my time is ridiculous. In between classes I'm doing homework trying not to get behind on anything. I never have practice the same time each day so I have to work around my different practice times. When we are going to overnight track meets I have to give my professors a heads up and get any work I'm going to miss. I find that sometimes I'm teaching myself because I missed an important class. I feel like I am always on the go now that our track season is in full swing. But hey that's what makes being a student-athlete fun.