UCLA Cross Country BIO
Aliya Shirif
Player Profile:
Aliya Shirif 1649739
Height: 5'4"
Year: Junior
Hometown: Mesa, Ariz.
High School: Desert Ridge

2015 - PAC-12 All-Academic Honorable mention … Ran at the Pac-12 Championship (6k) and finished with a time of 21:44 and placing 71st…Raced in the NCAA West Regional Championships (6k) finishing with a time of 21:58 and placed 73rd overall… Finished in the top in the top 25 in the Mustang Challenge (5k) placing 15th with a time of 18:18… Participated in the Washington Invitational (6k) finishing with a time of 21:45 and placed 82nd… Also participated in the Wisconsin Adidas Invitational (6k) placing 189th and finishing with a time of 22:25.

2014 - Named Pac-12 All-Academic Honorable Mention … Competed for the Bruins five times ... Ran at the NCAA National Championship (6k) and finished with a time of 22:52.8 ... Placed 93rd at the NCAA West Regional Championships (6k) ... Was 36th at Pac-12 Championships with a time of 21:15 ... Finished in the top 40 at the Washington Invitational (6k) with a time of 21:15 to open her season.

2013 - Finished 11th at the Titan Invitational with a 5k time of 18:06.5 … Came in 10th at the Dual at the Rose Bowl in the 6k with 22:36.50.

High School - Lettered as a freshman and senior in cross country at Desert Ridge HS and was also a three-year letterwinner in track & field and one-time letterwinner in volleyball ... Named her school's female athlete of the year in 2011 and was voted Most Athletic Girl in her class ... Earned first-team All-Tribune honors in cross country in 2012 ... Named Female MVP in cross country in 2011 and in track & field in 2010 and 2011 ... Team Captain her senior year of cross country ... Broke school records in 3200 (11:39.98), 1600 (5:13.16), 800 (2:19.11), 4x800, and 4x400.

Personal - Daughter of Tarik and Jacqueline Shirif ... Has an older brother, Amir, who runs for UC Irvine, and a younger sister, Amani ... Hobbies include hiking, traveling, and swimming ... Describes her greatest athletic thrill as trying out for and making the UCLA track and Cross Country teams ... Psychology major.

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