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Diego Estrada
Diego Estrada
Year: Jr.
Hometown: Salinas, Calif.
High School: Alisal
Position: Distance

Academic Notes: Majoring in Spanish.

Personal Bests: 8:31.28 (3,000m), 13:47.37 (5,000m), 28:40.19 (10,000m)

2010 Cross Country: Claimed All-American honors for the first time at the NCAA Cross Country Championships after placing 16th overall … Was the top finisher for the Lumberjacks at the national championship event and finished the 10K LaVern Gibson Championship Course in a time of 30:10.7 … Pushed his streak of top-five finishes to eight after placing third overall at the NCAA Mountain Region Championships, running to a career-best 10K mark of 29:33.0 … It was the highest finish at the regional event, earning him his first career All-Region honors … Took second at the Big Sky Championships behind teammate David McNeill in a time of 21:30.6 for his highest finish in an NAU uniform … Followed up strong 2009 performance at the NCAA Pre-Nationals with a fifth-place finish (23:33.9) in 2010 to pace the Lumberjacks … It was his second-straight top-five finish in the 8K event … Opened season with third-place overall finish at the Aztec Invite (25:30.2), matching his 2009 finish from San Diego.

2010 Track & Field: Focused on the 10,000-meter run during sophomore season … Ended season by reaching the NCAA West Region Prelims and finishing 16th in a time of 30:02.94 … At the Big Sky Outdoor Championships, doubled up in the 5,000-meter run and the 10K … Finished fourth overall in the 10K to give the Lumberjacks the top-four finishers in the race … Returned the following day to finish second in the 5K, repeating his 2009 performance in the same race … Ran career-best, and NCAA regional qualifying 10K time at the Payton Jordan Stanford Cardinal Invitational (28:40.19) …Finished sixth overall in the race, and third among collegiate runners … Opened 2010 campaign in California by finishing 26th (13:49.35) in the 5K at the Mt. SAC Relays … Competed the following day at the Beach Invite in the 1500-meter run, finishing in a time of 3:59.13.

2009 Cross Country: Ran in three races during injury-shortened season for the Lumberjacks, finishing in the top five in each one … Finished fourth overall, one spot behind teammate Jordan Chipangama, in the “blue” race at the NCAA Pre-Nationals for best 8K time of the year (23:49) … At the Cowboy Jamboree, helped men’s team capture title with a fifth-place finish in a time of 23:55.4 … Took third at the Aztec Invite in season debut, finishing behind teammates Chipangama and Ahmed Osman to give the Lumberjacks a clean sweep of the top-three finishers.

2009 Track & Field: Capped off sensational freshman year with a 19th-place finish in the prelims of the 5,000m at the NCAA Outdoor Championships … At the West Region Championship, finished 10th in the 5k with a time of 14:16.20 … Took second place in both the 5k (14:39.35) and 10,000m (30:53.59) races at the Big Sky Outdoor Championships … During the indoor campaign claimed the title in the 3,000m run at the Big Sky Indoor Championships and took fifth place in the 5k (15:04.05).

2008 Cross Country: Competed in four races as a freshman ... Placed 76th overall (30:40.6) at NCAA Championships, and fourth on the team ...  Finished 16th (30:09.1) at NCAA Mountain Regional ... Named to All-Big Sky team for third place finish (23:33.9) at the Big Sky Championships ... In first race of the year, finished 48th (24:26.4) at NCAA Pre-Nationals.

High School: Graduated from Alisal High School in 2008 ... Four-time letterwinner in cross country and track ... Was captain for both team for two years ... Three-time CIF qualifier in cross country ... Two-time CCS champion ... Qualified for CIF Championships in the 3200m three times, finishing as high as fourth ... Holds school records in 3200m, 1600m, and mile.

Personal: Born on Dec. 19, 1989 to Francisco Estrada and Rosa Constantino ... Has four sisters, Ruby, Alma, Gabby, and Delia Estrella ... Also has one brother, Francisco Estrada.