|High School:||North Central|
Academic Notes: Majoring in psychology.
High School: Named the Gatorade National Boys' Cross Country Runner of the Year after a decorated career at North Central High School ... Won the Nike Cross Nationals Final in a course-record time of 15:02.41 ... Placed runner-up at Foot Locker Nationals his junior and senior years, finishing with a time of 14:52.1 in 2011 ... Broke the tape at the NXN Midwest Regional Championship and the Foot Locker Midwest Regional Championship, along with winning three-straight Indiana state titles in cross country.
Personal: Born December 16, 1992 in Dera, Eritrea to Meleakeselam Zienasellassie ... Has three brothers--Henok, Bahlbi, and Jonas--and four sisters--Germawit, Azeb, Teklewayn, and Jerusalem ... Also considered attending Butler, Purdue, Oklahoma, and Indiana before choosing NAU ... Enjoys playing soccer in his spare time ... Brother Bahlbi also competes in cross country and track and field for NAU.