|High School:||Thomas Stone|
2013: Scored in all four of the meets in which he competed for UMBC, leading the Retrievers across the line for the first time in his career at the Paul Short Invitational at Lehigh on Oct. 5… Placed 65th overall during the meet in Pennsylvania with a season-best 8k time of 25:02… Placed second overall, trailing only teammate Eric Schuler, at the season-opening America East Pre-Conference Meet on Sept. 7 with a time of 25:38.1… Also scored at the Navy Invitational, placing 22nd with a time of 25:24.27… Named to the America East Honor Roll.
2012: Ran in four meets for UMBC as a freshman, scoring in the season-opening Spider Alumni Open at Richmond… Completed the 5K course at Pole Green Park in a time of 15:34.30 to jump to fourth all-time at UMBC for the distance… Ran a career-best 8K time of 26:03.55 at the Princeton Invitational… Named to the America East Honor Roll.
Background: A three-time All-SMAC performer in track at Thomas Stone High... Also named to the second team for cross country as a senior in 2011... Helped lead the Cougars to the SMAC Championship in the 4x800 relay in 2012 and later won a bronze medal with his team at the Maryland State Championships... Finished second in both the 1600m and 3200m at the outdoor track 3A Regional Championships to garner All-Region honors... Placed third at the 2011 Maryland 3A Regional Cross Country Championships with a time of 18:11 at Huntingtown High... Also lettered in soccer for two years as a sophomore and junior.
Personal: Son of Semeon Sertsu and Helen Assefa... Has one sister, Melat... His cousin Yoni Berhanu played soccer at George Washington... Looking to major in computer science or engineering with the ambition to develop software... Born Oct. 18, 1994.