Heads into junior cross country campaign eager to rekindle the spark he provided as a freshman in the Noles lineup…possesses all the tools to challenge for All-ACC honors and help lead a young squad back to an NCAA Championship berth…former USATF and PanAm Junior Championship gold medalist is coming off a spring where he advanced to the NCAA East Preliminary in the 10,000 for the first time.
Cross Country: Lined up six times in the fall…opened year placing 19th at the Virginia Tech Alumni Invitational…top finish came at the FSU Invitational, where he was ninth overall…finished 49th overall as the Noles’ No. 5 runner at the NCAA South Region Championships. Indoor: Saw action in only three meets…ran season-best 5000 (14:51.21) at the Hemery Valentine Invitational…season-best 3000 (8:28.99) came at the ACC Indoor Championships. Outdoor: Won season-debut in 5000 at Yellow Jacket Invitational in personal-best 14:28.04 and earned ACC Performer of the Week honors…punched his ticket to the NCAA East Preliminary 10,000 by running 29:53.78 at the Stanford Invitational.
Cross Country: Finished the season as the Seminoles No. 2 runner as a true freshman…made debut at adidas XC Challenge with sixth-place overall finish (18:14.7, 6k) – third on team – in an FSU victory placed…was No. 3 finisher at Joe Piane/Notrre Dame Invitational…followed with third-place overall finish at FSU Invitational…finished 31st at ACC Championships (24:10.1, 8k), then missed All-South Region honors by one spot, placing 26th (31:17.2, 10k). Indoor: Competed in three events, highlighted by 8:13.66 3000, finishing third at Bob Pollock Invitational…illness forced him out of ACC Championships 5000 final. Outdoor: Sat out the season as a redshirt, but was outstanding in two meets while competing unattached…finished second in his 10,000 debut at Penn Relays (29:31.22), which is faster than Herb Wills’ FSU freshman school record…also won the Seminole Invitational 5000 (14:21.33)…followed up by becoming the second Seminole to win the USATF Junior Championships 10,000 title (Wills was the first in 1979), then claimed gold while representing Team USA for the first time at the Pan American Games in Peru.
Swept FHSAA 3A state titles in cross country and on the track in the 1600 and 3200 as a senior…made his second consecutive Foot Locker National appearance…a three-time state championship qualifier in both the 1600 and 3200, as well as cross country…boasts PBs of 4:13.97 (1600), 9:14.71 (3200) and 15:01.000 (5k cross country)…collected All A Academic Excellence Award each of his final three years at Merritt Island High…also honored for his work in calculus…majoring in computer science at FSU…born May 20, 1998.