Jessica Soja
Jessica Soja
Height: 5-9
Year: Jr.
Hometown: Simsbury, Conn.
High School: Simsbury

As a Sophomore in 2011-12: Kick started her season with a 5:15.17 one mile run at the Yale Invitational, good for seventh place out of 34 runners…Helped lead the 4x800m relay team to a third place showing at Yale with a time of 9:51.08…Led the Bobcat contingent at Rhode Island with a time of 3:06.89 in the 1000m event…Finished first on the team at BU in the one mile run with a time of 5:12.91, good for 45th out of 116…Won the 1000m event at Dartmouth with a time of 3;02.34 as she finished first out of 18 runners…Qualified for the one mile final in the NEC Championship with a time of 5:08.20, good for fourth place out of 29…Raced in the distance medley relay team in the NEC Championships and helped her team to a fourth place showing out of 11, crossing the line in 12:19.42…Finished in fifth place in the one mile run final at the NEC Championship as she crossed the line in 5:05.90…Competed in the distance medley team that finished eighth out of 19 at the New England Championships…Closed out the year with a 5:07.95 time in the one mile event at the New England Championships.

As a Freshman in 2010-11: Did not compete.

Before Quinnipiac: Attended Simsbury High School where she was a four-year member of the girls cross country, track and field, and swimming and diving teams...Her cross country team was Class L Champions in 2006 and 2007, and was runner-up at the State Open in 2006...Helped the track team become Class L Champions in 2009...Was named All-Conference and All-State for three years, in 2007-2009, and was a New England qualifier in 2009....Was named All-Conference in 2009 and 2010 in track and qualified for States all four years...Was the 4x800 New England Champions in 2009 and the runner-up in 2010...Held the team record in the 4x800 relay...Led her high school swimming team to qualify for the State Trials in 2007, 2008, and 2010...Went to the State Finals in 2010....Was the 100 yard Backstroke Champion at the 2010 Splash Championships...Was named captain of both cross country and track in high school...Won the Elmer Vincent Award, Best in Track Award and Most Valuable Player Award in 2010...Also was a Connecticut High School Scholar-Athlete Award recipient as a Simsbury Scholar...Also a member of the National Honors Society.

Personal: Native of Simsbury, Conn...Daughter of Gregory and Valerie Soja...Her mother, Valerie, attended Quinnipiac…Has two sisters, Rebecca and Sarah, and two younger brothers, Christopher and Peter… Her identical twin, Rebecca, is a member of the Syracuse University women's rowing team...An occupational therapy major.