Desert Vista High School
First Trials qualification
Number of attempts to qualify
Utah Valley University
4-time WAC Champion
I’m adopted from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. I grew up in Arizona most of my life until I moved to Utah for college.
My biggest accomplishment has to be returning faster and stronger after back-to-back Achilles surgeries. I spent most of my college years injured with nagging pain.
My comeback from back-to-back Achilles surgery after a partial tear and Haglund's deformity.
Can’t Hurt Me by David Goggins
Favorite TV Show/Series
The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air
Frank Ocean. I’m a sucker for good vibes.
Favorite Post-race Indulgence
Breakfast croissant, veggie bowl (breakfast style)
Favorite Motivational Quote
“Do What Excites” - Kelly Wakasa. This quote has been stuck in my head and I have been writing it on my bibs for the past 10 months. I love doing things that excite me. For me, foregoing my remaining college eligibility to chance the marathon distance scared me but it excites me more than it scared me.
Favorite Running Memory
Qualifying for Nike Cross Nationals with my high school team; becoming the first and only Arizona boys to do so.