UCLA Track & Field BIO
Aliya Shirif
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Aliya Shirif 1649739
Position: Distance
Other Position: Distance
Height: 5'4"
Year: Redshirt Sophomore
Hometown: Mesa, Ariz.
High School: Desert Ridge
Experience: 1 Year
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 ... Born May 23, 1994 in Burnsville, Minnesota ... Undeclared major whose career objective is to be an occupational therapist.

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