» The Finishing Kick With Meron Simon (GoHuskies.com; Oct. 26, 2013)
2013-14 (Cross Country): One of the top runners on the squad, running in the top-five at four races … was the Huskies’ second finisher at the NCAA West Regional Championships, finishing 62nd overall in 31:14 for 10k … also was the No. 2 runner for UW at the Wisconsin Invitational, finishing 84th … placed 28th at the Bill Dellinger Invite, the fourth Husky across the line … started the season with a seventh-place run at the Sundodger Invite … entered at Pac-12s but was unable to finish that race.
2012-13 (Track): Worked his way back from injury and redshirted the year … competed just once at the end of the outdoor season, but proved he was back healthy as he got the victory in the 1,500-meters at the Ken Shannon Invite, posting a 3:48.72 while racing unattached ... did not run during the cross country season.
2011-12 (Track): Showed great promise in his first track season, competing in a multitude of distance events and running in both conference championships ... ran the steeplechase three times outdoors, with a top time of 9:12.78 at the Trojan Invitational where he finished fourth ... also took third in the steeple at the UW-WSU Dual meet in 9:15.03 ... switched to the 1,500m for his first Pac-12 Championships run, placing 20th overall in the prelims ... ran a 1,500m PR of 3:50.23 at the Mt. SAC Relays ... improved all throughout the indoor season, culminating with a mile run of 4:04.54 at the UW Final Qualifier, which earned him the No. 10 spot on the Husky mile top-10 list ... scored in the mile at the MPSF Championships, finishing eighth in 4:05.24 ... also ran 4:05.75 at the Husky Classic to take 14th ... won his heat in his first track race, running a 4:10.55 mile at the UW Indoor Preview ... also ran a 3k time of 8:16.35 at the UW Invitational ... (Cross Country): One of three freshmen to suit up for the Huskies in the fall ... earned a spot in his first Pac-12 Championship race, placing 67th in Arizona in a time of 25:28 ... scored for the Huskies in his first time wearing the jersey, as he placed 87th overall and fourth on the team at the Roy Griak Invite in Minnesota ... also scored at the Wisconsin Invitational, where he was 204th and fifth on the team in the massive field ... started the year with an 11th-place finish running unattached at the Sundodger in a time of 24:42.
High School and Personal: Born in Seattle ... parents are Lemlem Berhane and Simon Negash ... has one older sister, Selina, and one younger brother, Mussie ... one of the most improved runners in the state over the past year, going from 71st at the Washington State 4A Cross Country Championships as a junior to 9th at the 2010 meet as a senior, running 56-seconds faster over the same course ... carried those improvements over to the track, as he placed third at the Washington 4A State Championships at 1,600-meters and 3,200-meters in the first year he qualified for state ... also ran on the fourth-place 4x400m relay team at state ... named the South Puget Sound League track athlete of the year in 2011 after winning league titles at 1,600m, 3,200m, and the 4x4 relay ... ran a 3,200m PR of 9:04.03 in the 2011 state finals, over forty seconds faster his PR one year earlier ... was the runner-up at South Puget Sound League Sub-District cross country meet in fall of 2010 ... cut 13 seconds off his 1,600-meter PR from his sophomore to junior seasons on the track, and dropped another 11 seconds in his senior season ... played football in the fall of 2008, missing the cross country season ... the 2010-11 Federal Way HS Athlete of the Year ... graduated with a 3.68 GPA.
2011 Pac-12 XC - 67th (8th UW)
2012 MPSF - 8th, Mile
2012 Pac-12 TF - 20th, 1500m
2013 Regional XC - 62nd (2nd UW)
2014 MPSF TF - 1st, DMR (MPSF Champions)
2014 NCAA Indoors - 8th, DMR (All-America First Team)
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