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  Neftalem Araia
Neftalem Araia

Player Profile
Class:
RS Senior

Hometown:
Indianapolis, IN

High School:
Lawrence North

Event:
Distances

Honors:
Four-Time All-American

**Five-Time All-American**

Collegiate Career Bests
3000 Meters: 7:56.11i
5000 Meters: 13:44.78
5000 Meters: 13:52.81i
10,000 Meters: 28:27.43

Stanford: A standout long distance runner and five-time All-American while on The Farm ... Ranked in the national top 10 every year in each of his events ... Finished 11th or higher during his first three NCAA Cross Country Championship appearances, including a second-place finish in 2006 to lead the Cardinal men to fourth place in team competition ... Stanford's top cross country finisher in each of his first three NCAA competitions ... Will be a vital component of the Big Meet Dual as he looks to remain unbeaten in the 5,000 meters ... A solid postseason competitor who will continue to provide leadership to his squad in 2008.

2007 Track & Field Season (Junior): Competed for the Cardinal during the indoor and outdoor track & field seasons in the 5,000 meters.

2006 Track & Field Season (Sophomore): Finished 17th in the 10,000 meters at the 2006 NCAA Outdoor Championships ... Notched a third-place finish in the 10,000 meters and ninth-place finish in the 5,000 meters at the 2006 Pac-10 Outdoor Championships ... Ran his fastest 10,000 meter time of the season at the Payton Jordan Cardinal Invitational in 28:27.43, qualifying him for the NCAA championships ... Also ran a season- best 14:12.94 in the 5,000 meters at the Big Meet ... Indoors, finished 14th in the 3,000 meters at the NCAA Indoor Championships ... Runnerup in the 3,000 meters at the MPSF Championships in a season-best 7:56.11 ... Also ran an indoor-best 13:52.81 in the 5,000 meters at the Arkansas Tyson Invitational.

2005 Track & Field Season (Freshman): Competed in the 5,000 meters at the 2006 NCAA Outdoor Championships ... Finished tenth in the 5,000 meters at the NCAA West Region Championships ... Recorded a thirdplace finish in the 10,000 meters at the 2005 Pac-10 Championships in a season-best time of 29:32.83 ... Ran a season-best time of 13:44.78 in the 5,000 meters at the Stanford Invitational ... Indoors, finished 11th in the 3,000 meters at the Arkansas Indoor Invitational.

2004 Track & Field Season:Redshirted the outdoor season ... Indoors, placed 11th in the 3,000 meters at the Husky Indoor Invitational in an NCAA provisional time of 8:00.29 ... Runner-up in the 5,000 meters at the Pac-10 Indoor Invitational in an NCAA provisional time of 13:56.49 ... Finished eighth in the 3,000 meters at the MPSF Championships.

High School: A 2003 graduate of Lawrence North High School in Indianapolis, IN ... Indiana State champion in the 3,200 meters as a junior ... 2001 and 2002 Indiana State high school cross country champion in addition to helping his team to the 2002 state championship ... Two-time Footlocker national finalist with a fourth-place finish in 2002 ... Runnerup in the 3,200 meters at the 2002 Adidas Outdoor National Championships.

Cardinal Catalogue: Communication major ... Parents are Araia and Lemlem Hadgu ... Named to the 2006 USTFCCCA All-Academic track and field team ... 2005 Pac-10 All-Academic track & field selection, as well as a 2006 Pac-10 track & field All-Academic Honorable Mention ... Named to the 2004, 2005 and 2006 Pac-10 All-Academic cross country teams


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