All State Runner From Concord Joins Maple Leaf Running Programs
GOSHEN, Ind. - Goshen College head cross country and track and field coach Doug Yoder has worked hard at recruiting and bringing local student-athletes to the Goshen campus. He made another huge stride in that effort with the recent signing of Concord High School (Elkhart, Ind.) standout Daniel Zelaya.
"Daniel comes from a very successful and strong distance running program at Concord," Yoder explained. "He comes with high recommendations, has a strong work ethic and will fit into what could be a very strong cross country and distance running program for next year."
Zelaya was a high school teammate of current Maple Leaf Andrew Wiktorowski who set a new Goshen College program record for first-year 8k time (25:54.11) this fall.
While competing for Coach Jeff Payne at Concord, Zelaya was twice been named team MVP. He was also picked to the All Northern Lakes Conference team and earned a 1st Team All State selection in cross country in 2009. On the track, Zelaya was part of a Minuteman 4 x 800 relay team which finished sixth in the state finals.
Aside from running, Zelaya has been active in other areas at Concord. He has been on the high honor roll, in the Key Club, Dollars for Scholars, and part of student government. Outside Concord, Zelaya also has been involved in church choir and the American Red Cross as a volunteer.
"It is exciting to have a top academic and athletic young person come to Goshen College and be a part of our programs," Yoder continued. "Daniel will allow us to build on what we already return and add talent to the front of our well established pack of runners. On the track, he will provide much needed depth in individual and relay events."
The son of Francisco and Elsa Zelaya, Daniel intends on majoring in Pre-Med and Microbiology when starting at Goshen in the fall.