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USA Track and Field Junior National Champion
All-Big 12 (scored at conference meet)
Honors and Awards
2012 Outdoors: USA Track and Field junior national champion in the 5,000 meters after running a 14:28.00 at the junior national meet to become OSU's second 5K junior national champion in four years ... Earned all-Big 12 honors by placing fourth in the 1,500 meters with a personal-best time of 3:43.99 ... That mark was good for 51st nationally during the regular season ... His personal-best 13:47.26 in the 5,000 meters at the Payton Jordan Invitational was good for the 23rd-best time in the nation and the fifth-best mark in the Midwest Region ... Ran the 5K at the NCAA West Preliminary Rounds, but did not advance to the NCAA Championships after placing 31st.
2012 Indoors: Second-team All-American after placing 10th in the one mile final, recording a time of 4:04.36 ... Earned all-Big 12 honors after placing second in the 3,000 meters at the conference meet, clocking a 8:02.98 ... Also named all-Big 12 for placing eighth in the mile after running a 4:07.35 ... Set the second best one mile mark in OSU history when he ran a 3:58.84 at the Alex Wilson Invitational ... Set a personal record of 7:59.35 in the 3,000 meters at the Tyson Invitational.
2011 Cross Country: Took the individual championship at the Hurricane Festival, completing the four-mile race in 20:25 ... Named the Big 12 Runner of the Week for his performance at the Hurricane Festival ... Placed 16th at the Big 12 Championships after completing the 8,000-meter race in 24:12.1 ... Finished as the Cowboys' fifth scored runner at the Cowboy Jamboree with a 36th-place finish ... Notched his season-best time in the 10K at the Chile Pepper Festival, clocking a 30:39.9 to place 36th ... Came in 39th at the NCAA Midwest Regional.
2011 Outdoors: Redshirted ... Competed at the USA Junior Outdoor Track and Field Championships, where he posted two top-five finishes ... Completed the 1,500 meters in 3:49.95 to finish fourth ... Placed fifth in the 5,000 meters, clocking a 14:28.66.
2011 Indoors: Was a staple in the Oklahoma State lineup, competing in five meets as a true freshman ... Ran the mile in 4:05.34 at the Arkansas Last Chance Meet ... Secured all-Big 12 honors after running the mile in 4:08.79 to place third at the conference meet ... Was timed at 4:08.16 in the event prelims ... Other times in the mile were a 4:07.89 at the Husky Classic and a 4:13.47 at the Kansas State Invitational ... Just missed out on earning all-Big 12 honors in the 3,000 meters when he placed ninth at the conference meet in 8:14.51 ... Ran the 3K in 8:23.39 at the Razorback Invitational.
2010 Cross Country: Did not compete.
High School: Attended Grayson HS in Grayson, Ga., where he was coached by Rob Blaskiewicz ... 2010 Nike indoor national champion in the 5,000 meters in 14:19.82 and runner-up in the mile in 4:07.28 ... His 14:19.82 in the indoor 5,000 meters was the fastest time in the nation in 2010 and stands as the second-fastest time in prep history and the fastest ever run by a high school senior ... The 4:07.28 mile he ran ranked as the fourth-fastest time in the nation in 2010 ... 2009 Gatorade Georgia Boys Cross Country Runner of the Year ... His eighth-place finish at the Foot Locker National Cross Country Championships in 15:35 is tied for the best finish ever by a Georgian ... 2009 Georgia state cross country champion ... School record holder in the 1,600 meters and the 3,200 meters ... His 14:43 at the state cross country meet was the second-fastest time ever recorded at the meet ... Ranks among the greatest prep milers and two-milers in the history of the state of Georgia.
Personal: Kirubel Erassa was born June 17, 1993 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia ... Son of Aalmitu Erassa.