Freshman throws personal best, third best mark in school history
School Record Holder - 800m
2014 NCAA Regional Qualifier - 800m
The American Male Track Athlete of the Week - April 29
2014-15 (Senior) Indoor: Competed in four meets for Houston this season...Set a new personal record in the mile at the Tyson Invitational with a third place 4:03.16...Finished second and set a new personal record in the 3K at the Texas A&M Aggie Invitational with a time of 8:08.86...Set an indoor personal record in the 800m at the UNM Lobo Collegiate Open after running a 1:53.77
Outdoor: Competed in four meets for Houston during the outdoor season...Set a season beset in the 800m with a 1:55.32 at The American Outdoor Championships...Finished sixth in the 1500m at the Rice Victor Lopez Classic in 3:54.75 to open his season.
2013-14 (Junior) Indoor: Competed in five meets for the Cougars... Placed second at the Texas A&M Aggie Invitational in the men's mile (4:08.72).
Outdoor: Broke the 800m school record with a time of 1:48.40 to win the J. Fred Duckett Twilight meet at Rice... Qualified for the NCAA Regional meet in the 800m... Also won the 800m at the Texas Invitational (April 12) with a time of 1:53.57... Named The American Athletic Conference Male Track Athlete of the Week (April 29) following his record breaking performance at Rice.
2012-13 (Sophomore) Indoor:Placed first in the men's 3000-meter run with a time of 3:29.15 at the Texas A&M 12-Team Invitational...Ran a personal best of 4:07.04 in the men's mile to place second at the Texas A&M Invitational...Placed third in the mile (4:17.63) at the Conference USA Indoor Championships...Broke the school record in the 3000m with a time of 8:19.60 at the conference meet, where he placed fifth.
Outdoor: Mainly ran relays for the Cougars in five meets... Helped the Cougar men's DMR ad 4x800m relays to first place finishes at the Mt. SAC Relays.
2011-12 (Freshman) Indoor: Ran a season best in the mile of 4:11.31 (3rd) at the Conference USA Indoor Championships... Ran a season best of 10:03.85, placing second in the DMR at the 2012 New Balance Collegiate Invitational... Also, competed in the 3000m and ran a season best of 8:21.71 at the 2012 New Balance Collegiate Invitational.
Outdoor: Competed on the 4x8 and 4x15 relay teams, contributing to a season best of 7:26.54 in the 4x8 at the 2012 Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays... Ran a season best in the DMR of 10:01.54, also at the 2012 Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays... In the 1500m, ran a season best at the Conference USA Indoor Championships with a time of 3:54.61.
HIGH SCHOOL Won District and Regional Championship in cross country and track in 2010 and 2011... Received Athlete of the Year honor in 2011.
Yonas Melake Tesfai... Born on Feb. 2, 1992... Son of MeLake Tesfai... Enjoys recycling and running.