AS A FRESHMAN IN 2012
Participated in every race UC San Diego competed in during the season and reliably scored in all of them … Finished 46th overall and second among Tritons with a time of 34:09.01 at the NCAA Division II West Regional Championships in Kahuku, Hawaii … Took 20th place while occupying the Tritons’ No. 4 slot on the score card during the California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) Championships and crossed the finish line in 26:33.8 … Was the second scorer for UCSD at the adidas/UC Irvine Invitational, where he finished 16th overall with a time of 25:57.6 … Had highest overall finish of fifth overall at the UCSD Opener (22:18.6) … Settled for sixth overall at the 20th Annual Triton Invitational (26:35.3) ... Was one of team's Co-Freshmen of the Year.
A 2012 graduate of Aliso Niguel High School in Aliso Viejo ... Ran cross country all four years in high school competing for the Wolverines in the Sea View League ... Won the Coaches Award and MVP awards for both cross country and track & field ... Had personal best of 14:36 in cross country during 2011 league finals ... Competed in the 3200 meter and 1600 in high school ... Earned personal bests of 9:27 in the 3200 at the 2011 Trabuco Invitational and 4:23 in the 1600 at the 2012 league finals.
Born Aug. 29, 1994 in Anaheim ... Parents are Jackeline and Ziad Alwafai ... Has an older sister named Deanna ... Making CIF Finals as an individual while team suffered from injuries was his most memorable moment in cross country ... Roots for the Vancouver Canucks and L.A. Lakers ... Drew Doughty is his favorite athlete ... Step Brothers is his favorite movie ... Bangarang can be found playing on his iPod ... Enjoys biking, hiking and climbing in his spare time ... Pretzels are his food of choice ... Is a computer science major in Roosevelt College.