Colorado Springs, CO
Palmer High School, Colorado Springs
Full time student and athlete
2:38 in end my sophomore year in high school
First Trials qualification
Number of attempts to qualify
Stephen F Austin, Cloud Community College in Kansas and Adams State University
2023 NCAA DII Champion, 5,000m; 4-time runner-up at DII nationals; 7-time All-American; 2020 NJCAA Half Marathon Champion
I was born and raised in a small village, Begu, in Eritrea. I have four brothers and two sisters. My mom, dad and youngest sister live back home but the rest others live in different countries. I am a senior at Adams State University, and I will be graduating with a bachelor's in Sport Recreation Management and a minor in coaching. My parents and siblings don't support my running career. Their opinion on running is that they think I'm wasting my time. So, I never talk to my parents about running at all even when I win. I just love running because it is my lifestyle and my therapy.
Overcoming adversity at a young age and I haven't seen my parents and sibling in 13 years, but I was able to come to America and continue my education, support my parents back home and able to compete at the colligate level, which is a blessing and huge accomplishment for myself.
Can't Hurt me by David Goggins
Anbessa Song, which is tribute to Bekele
Eggs and beef sausage
Favorite Motivational Quote
"Don't wait for opportunity, create it".
Favorite Running Memory
DII nationals for 2023 when I won a title.