2008 NCAA All-American(XC
2008 SEC Champion (XC)
2008 Cross Country: Earned All-American honors at the NCAA Championships by placing 16th on the 10K course and helped the Auburn men finish fifth as a team ... Third-highest placing freshman at the national race and the first Tiger to cross the line ... Finished third at the NCAA South Regional (10K) with a time of 30:50.42 ... Won the men's 10K SEC Championship race, the first Auburn runner to accomplish the feat since 1985 and the first SEC freshman to win an individual title since 2006 ... Also broke the course record with a time of 23:11.26 at the league championship ... Named SEC Male Freshman of the Year ... Placed among the top five in three other races: fifth at Pre-Nationals (23:37.50 - 8K), third at the Tiger Invitational (22:55.52 - 8K) and runner-up at the Powerade Invitational (14:54 - 5K) ... Garnered SEC Male Freshman of the Week honors twice (Sept. 9 and Oct. 21).
Prior to Auburn: Placed ninth at the Footlocker High School National Cross Country Championships in 2006, the highest any Tiger recruit has finished ... Finished ninth in the two mile run at the 2007 Nike Outdoor Nationals (8:56).
Personal: Born on Jan. 20, 1988 ... Son of Gelan Mecheso Tiyo and Atsede Deyso Jufar ... Majoring in pre-med.