UCLA Track & Field BIO
Aliya Shirif
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Aliya Shirif 1649739
Position: Distance
Other Position: Distance
Height: 5'4"
Year: Junior
Hometown: Mesa, Ariz.
High School: Desert Ridge
Experience: 2 Years

2015 –  Pac-12 Track & Field Championships competed in the 5,000m running 17:09.15 and placing 18th ... also placed 18th in the 1,500m with a time of 4:28.79 …. Occidental Invitational (College/University) … ran a personal best in the 1,500m and placed 5th with a time of 4:25.56 …. UCLA vs. USC ran the 5,000m and placed 4th with a time of 17:54.79 and the 1,500m placing 3rd with a time of 4:36.43 … 2015 Arizona State Pac-12 vs Big 10 Invitational competed in the 5,000m placing 5th with a time of 17:01.82. Indoor MPSF Indoor Track & Field Championships ran a personal best in the 3,000m with a time of 9:36.40 … 2015 UW Husky Classic ran the 5,000m in a time of 17:48.61.

2014 - Won the 3,000m at the Rafer/JJK Invitational with a lifetime best of 9:56.79 … Placed third against USC in the 5,000m with a time of of 17:44.68 … Ran a lifetime best of 17:17.04 in the 5,000m to finish 20th at the Mt. SAC Relays … Finished seventh in the mile at the NAU Invitational with a lifetime best of 5:19.94.

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 whose career objective is to be an occupational therapist.

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