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Odessa Zentz ‘22 Recruiting Profile

  • Helena High School
  • Women's Track
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Odessa Zentz's Women's Track Recruiting Profile
Helena Novas
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Personal Statement

My goals and aspirations are to be both athletically and academically challenged in high school and college. I take great pride in my ability to accept challenges with a trust in processes that result in personal and physical development. I am at my best when academics, training or competition demand the most of me. I am self-driven, but highly coachable and curious about how I can continue to develop and grow.

I appreciate the value of commitment, accountability, hard work and trust, and believe I model those characteristics individually and in a team setting. I am often complimented by my coaches, teammates and peers for my dedication, leadership and compassion.

My ability to adapt to unique or changing situations has also helped me develop important skills. For example, I was a starter for the varsity soccer team in the fall of my freshman year (defender and goalkeeper), before transitioning to cross country as a sophomore and finishing with an all-state performance to help guide our team to third place. As a freshman at the 2019 state track and field championships, I entered as the favorite in the 400 and as an underdog in the 800. I successfully won both events through trust in my training, self-confidence and my ability to manage high-pressure situations, which dates back to my time as the last line of defense playing goalkeeper. I am also highly versatile, as I qualified for the state meet in seven different events as a freshman: 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 4x100 and 4x400.

Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, I was unable to compete during my sophomore track and field season, but I remained committed to training on my own to maintain my physical and mental fitness. 

When I complete my high school journey and embark on a collegiate career, I aim to leave a legacy that enhances my team's culture, benefitting future student-athletes. I also hope my legacy extends to the rest of my school, community and state.


High School Information

  • Years w/ Varsity:
  • 3 years
  • 2020 Varsity Team
  • OutdoorVenue:
  • Team Awards:
    Solo time trial times in stats; Season canceled because of COVID-19
  • 2019 Varsity Team
  • Cross CountryVenue:
  • Individual Awards:
    1st Team All-State, 13th place in state meet
  • 2019 Varsity Team
  • OutdoorVenue:
  • Individual Awards:
    1st Team All-State, 400 state champion; 800 state champion; Helena Independent Record Girls Track and Field Athlete of the Year; qualified for the AA state meet in seven events (100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 4x100 and 4x400)

Club Information

  • Seasons of Club Experience:
  • 5 seasons
  • 2020 Helena Novas (TF, XC)
  • Notes: Competed in the Simplot Games and finished sixth in the 800 with an indoor personal best of 2:21.18. Also won the 200 with an indoor personal best of 26.91 and the 400 with an indoor best of 59.76 at the Bozeman Track Club Indoor All-Comers.
  • Season Schedule
  • 2019 Helena Novas (TF, XC)
  • Notes: Won the 400, 800 and 4x400 relay at the USATF Montana Association Junior Olympic Championships, then claimed the same championships at the Region 11 meet, setting a meet record in the 400 with a time of 57.33 and running the fastest leg (58.1) on the 4x400 to lead the team to a regional record of 4:16. In cross country, competed at the Nike Cross Northwest Regionals and placed 109th (19:43) in the championship division to help guide the Novas to 13th. Also, ran 20:32 at the Montana Junior Olympic Championships on a hilly course to finish fourth in the 15-18 division.
  • Season Schedule
  • 2018 Helena Novas (TF, XC)
  • Season Schedule
  • 2017 Helena Novas (TF, XC)
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  • 2016 Helena Novas (XC, TF)
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Coach References

  • Club Coach
  • Jesse Zentz
  • High School Head Coach
  • Jesse Zentz

Additional Sports

  • Soccer
  • F
  • 7 Years
  • Club/Travel Team
  • Played soccer through U14, before switching to cross country for the 2019 high school season as a sophomore.
  • Soccer
  • F
  • 1 Year
  • Varsity Team
  • Started for the Helena High varsity soccer team during my freshman season, playing primarily as an outside defender and goalkeeper.



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High School Information

High School:
Helena High School
(406) 324-2200

Academic Accomplishments

Honors Classes:
Yes. Earth Science, English 2
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Awards, Achievements and Activities

  • Award
    • Academic All-State 2019 Cross Country
  • Award
    • Academic All-State 2019 Track and Field
  • Award
    • Academic All-State 2018 Soccer

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Event 2020 Varsity Te 2020 Helena Nov 2019 Varsity Te 2019 Varsity Te 2019 Helena Nov 2018 Helena Nov 2017 Helena Nov
400M 1:00.22, solo time trial 59.76, indoors 57.29 57.33 59.05 1:00.64
800M 2:22.39, solo time trial 2:21.18, indoors 2:14.25 2:23.20 2:26.70 2:35.06
200M 26.91, indoors 26.57 26.67 27.67
Distance & PR 5K, 19:13 5k, 1943 5k, 21:40 4k, 17:55.3
100M 12.89
1600M 5:18.75
High Jump 4-10 4-8
Event 2016 Helena Nov
400M 1:04.55
800M 2:41.91
High Jump 4-4.75
Distance & PR 3k, 12:13.5


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