|High School:||North Central|
Academic Notes: Majoring in psychology.
2013 Cross Country: NAU's No. 1 runner, finished in the top-10 in all four meets he competed... Opened up the season with a fourth place finish at the Cowboy Jamboree with a time of 24:30.67... Finished sixth at the Adidas Wisconsin Invitational with a time of 23:29... Finished third at the Mountain Region Championships with a time of 29:54.2... Led NAU to a second place finish at the NCAA National Championships finishing fourth with a time of 30:05.7... All-Mountain Region... All-American
2012 Cross Country: Competed in five meets... Finished second at the Pac-12 Preview Elite Invite with a time of 24:30... Finished 31st at the Wisconsin Adidas Invitational with a time of 23:53... Finished third at the Big Sky Championships with a time of 24:56.7... Finished fourth at the Mountain Region Championships with a time of 30:06.8... Finished 31st at the NCAA National Championships with a time of 29:54.1... All American.
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.