AS A SOPHOMORE IN 2012: Recipient of a First Team Academic Momentum Award from Scholar-Baller and the National Consortium for Academics and Sports for his academic improvement.
AS A FRESHMAN IN 2011: Ran in four events during freshman year ... Was the Tritons' top runner in 67th Annual SDSU Aztec Invitational, placing ninth with a time of 26:51.8 ... Took 15th overall in UC San Diego Opener (22:58.2) ... Followed collegiate debut with 47th-place finish in Asics/UC Irvine Invitational (26:31.5) ... Concluded season with time of 34:57.5 in the Triton Classic Invitational, placing 24th overall.
HIGH SCHOOL: A 2011 graduate of Aliso Niguel High School in Aliso Viejo, where he was a two-time South Coast League honoree on the cross country squad ... Named the ANHS Athlete of the Year as a senior, while also taking home Cross Country Runner of the Year accolades in 2009 and 2010 ... Named the Most Valuable Athlete on the track and field team in 2011 ... Recorded personal bests of 15:10 in the three mile, 4:25 in the 1600 and 9:28 in the 3200.
PERSONAL: Born July 12, 1993 in Newport Beach ... Son of Russell and Terri Collins ... Has a younger brother named Tyler and a younger sister McKenzie ... Roots for the L.A. Lakers, St. Louis Rams and San Diego Chargers ... Kobe Bryant is his favorite athlete ... Step Brothers tops his list of great movies ... Atmosphere and Empire of the Sun are playing on his iPod right now ... Can't live without his cheese quesadillas ... Can be found bodyboarding, surfing, playing basketball or football in his spare time ... His dad and his high school coach, UCSD alum John Walsh, are his two greatest influences ... Setting the Aliso Niguel High School record in the 3200 at the South Coast League Championships is his most memorable career moment ... Is a biochemistry/chemistry major in Sixth College.