Jess Strutzel
Jess Strutzel

Player Profile

Huntington Beach, CA

High School:
Huntington Beach HS

Height / Weight:
6-2 / 155


1999 - One of the top 800m runners in the U. S... Last summer, he set the school record in the 800m (1:45.81, July 3 at the Brunswick, Maine Distance Festival; old mark, 1:46.84, Conrad Suhr, 1978) ... It was the season's fastest 800m by a collegian, the best Pac-10 mark in 11 years and No. 8 on last years's U. S. list ... Three days later, Strutzel also ran a personal best in the 1500m (3:44.8) at Manchester, England . . At the USA Outdoor Championships, Strutzel placed seventh in the 800m final (1:47.77) and won his semi-final heat in a time of 1:46.56 ... Qualified for the NCAA Outdoor in the 800m ... At the Pac-10, Strutzel was fourth (1:50.44) in the 800m and sixth (3:57.82) in the 1500m ... Second-team Pac-10 All-Academic (3.15gpa, theater arts) ... Had a great indoor season, running the opening leg (1200m, 2:55.9) on the winning and American record-setting distance medley relay (9:33.17, No. 9 in history) at the NCAA Indoor, while also placing third (1:46.48i, UCLA's indoor school record) in the 800m.

1998 - As a sophomore, Strutzel earned All-America honors twice ... At the USA Outdoor, Strutzel ran a 1:50.49 800m in qualifying ... At the NCAA Outdoor, Strutzel placed fifth in the 800m (1:47.15, season-best, No. 18 in the U.S.) ... At the Pac-10, he placed third in the 800m (1:49.10) and ran the second leg on UCLA's 4x400m relay that placed third (3:08.80) ... Earned honorable mention All-Pac-10 Academic ... At the NCAA Indoor, Strutzel earned All-America honors by running the third leg on UCLA's distance medley relay team that placed seventh (9:42.23) ... Athletic Director's Honor Roll for fall (3.166 gpa) and spring quarters (3.00 gpa).

1997 - Scored at the Pac-10 meet as a true frosh, placing eighth (1:55.50, 1:51.71 qualifying) in the 800m ... Ran then personal bests 1:49.64 and 47.53 in the 400m, a Pac-10 qualifying mark ... Athletic Director's Honor Roll member.

High School - Four-year track and three-year cross country letterman at Huntington Beach (1995-96) and La Quinta (1993-94) ... As a senior at Huntington Beach, Strutzel placed third in the CA State 800m final ... Ran season-bests of 22.66, 48.60 and 1:52.25 and voted Huntington's Most Valuable Male Athlete ... As a junior in track at Huntington, he set the school 400m record (48.59), was third in the 800m at the CIF Master's (1:51.75, personal best) and was an 800m State finalist.

Personal - Theater arts major ... Aspiring actor ... Born Jan. 4, 1978.

Strutzel's Best Marks

400m    47.53
800m    1:45.81(SR)
1500m   3:44.8

NCAA Champion 1999-Indoor, DMR

Three-time All-American 1999-indoor, 800m 1998-outdoor, 800m; indoor, DMR