2013-14: Outdoor – Earned second-team All-America honors in the 800 meters…was a part of the second place 4x100 team at the Oregon Preview (3:18.58)…took first at the Pepsi Dual in the 800 meter (1:51.18)…finished second in the 800 meters at the Oregon Relays (1:49.41)…came in first for the distance medley relay with a 9:25.40 time which was the seventh fastest time NCAA history…placed fifth in the 800 meters at the Pac-12 Championships (1:51.42)…came in 10th at the NCAA Regionals in 800 meters (1:48.16)...Indoor – Was a runner up at the NCAA Indoor Championships with a mark of 9:40.47 in the distance medley relay…came in ninth at the UW Preview with a 4:05.84 mile time…finished third in the 800 meters (1:48.91), eighth in the 4x400 (3:16.77) and third in the distance medley relay (9:41.42)…Season Bests – Indoor – 800 Meters – 1:48.91, Rod McCravy Memorial Invitational, Lexington, Ky., (1/25/14); Mile – 4:05.84, UW Preview, Seattle, Wash., (1/18/14); Outdoor – 800 Meters – 1:48.16, NCAA Preliminaries, Fayetteville, Ark. (5/31/14); 1,500 – 3:49.82, Oregon Relays – B, Eugene, Ore., (4/19/14).
2011-12: Outdoors - Consistent presence in the 800 meters outdoors where he was a Pac-12 scorer and an NCAA all-American. Competed in eight meets. Was second in the 800 at the Pepsi Team Invitational (1:51.09). Dropped under 1:50 at the Oregon Relays (1:49.25). At the Pac-12 Championships, helped Oregon win its sixth straight title by finishing fifth in the 800 (1:49.36). At the NCAA West Preliminary Rounds, ran a then-season-best 1:48.98 to qualify for the NCAA Championships. There, ran a seasonal-best 1:48.01 to finish seventh in his semifinal heat and 14th overall. Indoors - Competed in four meets. Ran an indoor PR of 1:48.84 in the 800 at Texas A&M. Also hit a PR of 4:03.19 in the mile at the Husky Classic. Cross Country - Was one of five freshmen to factor in the scoring at the Pac-12 Championships for the Ducks. Was Oregon’s No. 7 runner (57th overall) in 24:58 (8,000 meters). Made cross country debut at the season-opening dual meet with Gonzaga. Season Bests: Outdoors - 800 Meters - 1:48.01, NCAA Championships, Des Moines, Iowa (6/6/12). Indoors - 800 Meters - 1:48.84, Texas A&M Challenge, College Station, Texas (1/28/12); Mile - 4:03.19 (PR), Husky Classic, Seattle, Wash. (2/11/12).
2010-11: Outdoors - Concluded season with an appearance in the 800 meters at the NCAA West Preliminary meet. Took fifth in the 800 meters at the Pac-10 Championships in 1:49.34 to help Oregon win its fifth straight league title. Timed 1:48.80 in the prelims. Won an exciting 1,500 meters at the Oregon Twilight in a personal-best 3:47.47. Lowered personal best in the 800 meters to 1:47.75 in a runner-up finish at the Oregon Relays. Time was tied for No. 10 at Oregon. Helped Oregon tie UCLA with a third-place finish in the 1,500 meters in 3:49.09. Was the surprise winner of a thrilling three-way finish in the 800 meters at the Pepsi Team Invitational. Won in then-best time of 1:48.65 over OTC Elite’s Russell Brown (1:48.82) and teammate Elijah Greer (1:48.87). Ran 1:52.28 800 meters at the Stanford Invitational. Set a :07 personal best in the 1,500 meters in his outdoor debut at the Oregon Preview. Indoors - Ran a personal-best 1:50.34 to win his section of the 800 meters at the UW Invitational. Won his section of the mile in his Oregon debut, running 4:12.98 at the UW Indoor Preview. Also ran the third leg on the distance medley relay. Was eighth in the 800 meters at the MPSF Championships (1:52.03). Ran a terrific 800 leg in the distance medley relay at the NCAA Championships (9:48.00). Cross Country - Redshirt season. Season Bests: Outdoors - 800 Meters - 1:47.75 (PR), Oregon Relays, Eugene, Ore. (4/23/11); 1,500 Meters - 3:47.47 (PR), Oregon Twilight, Eugene, Ore., (5/6/11). Indoors - 800 Meters - 1:50.34, UW Invitational, Seattle, Wash. (1/29/11); Mile - 4:12.98, UW Indoor Preview, Seattle, Wash. (1/15/11).
Prep: Won the 2009 state 800 meter title for Jefferson High School as a junior in 2009. Also helped Jefferson win the 4x400 meter relay title as a sophomore in 2008. Recorded top prep 800 time of 1:52.56 at the 2010 Oregon Twilight to win his section. Took second in the 800 at the 2009 BorderDuel Classic (1:55.64). High School Bests: 800 Meters - 1:52.56, 2010; 1,500 Meters - 3:58.00, 2010.
Personal: Major is general social science. Was co-valedictorian for Jefferson High School and received a prestigious Ford Foundation Scholarship. Also was named a 2010 Dell Scholar. Works with Food Works of Janus Youth Programs, which provides fresh organic produce to needy Portland residents. Born in Yabello, Ethiopia.
800 Meters - 1:47.42 (i),
Seattle, Wash., 2/9/13
1,500 Meters - 3:47.47,
Eugene, Ore., 5/6/11
Mile - 4:02.05 (i),
Seattle, Wash., 2/9/13
NCAA Outdoor Track Championships
2014 – 800 Meters, 3rd - Preliminaries, 1:48.67
2012 - 800 Meters, 14th, 1:48.01
NCAA Indoor Track Championships
2014 – Distance Medley Relay, 2nd, 9:40.47
2013 - 800 Meters, 8th, 1:51.04
2011 - Distance Medley Relay, 10th, 9:48.00
Pac-12 Track Championships
2014 – 800 Meters, 5th, 1:51.42
2013 - 800 Meters, 4th, 1:51.45
2012 - 800 Meters, 5th, 1:49.36
2011 - 800 Meters, 5th, 1:49.34 (Pac-10)
Pac-12 Cross Country Championships
2011 - 57th, 24:58