Zienasellassie Honored by Flotrack as Nation's Top Freshman
AUSTIN, Texas - Northern Arizona cross country standout Futsum Zienasellassie was named by cross country and track and field authority Flotrack.org as the nation's top freshman, earning their FloFrosh award, after the Indianapolis, Ind. native was named an All-American following a 31st-place finish at Saturday's NCAA National Cross Country Championships.
Zienasellassie was the nation's top recruit in 2012 coming out of North Central High School. His Nike Cross Nationals win and runner-up finish at the Foot Locker National Championships brought a lot of excitement heading into his freshman campaign, and live up to it he did.
On a team that saw six newcomers from 2011, Zienasellassie ran well early and often, placing in the top four at three of his five meets, taking 31st in the other two (the Wisconsin Adidas Invite and the national meet), and finishing as the highest-placing freshman in all five. His name was at the top of Flotrack's poll from day one.
Though he was the second-highest Lumberjack at Saturday's race in Louisville, behind junior Brian Shrader, Zienasellassie's Top-40 finish resulted in NAU having two All-Americans at the national meet for the fourth time in the last six years.
For the full list of Flotrack's 2012 FloAwards honorees, click here.