2012 Outdoor: Competed in the 800 meters at the NCAA East Preliminary, clocking a season best 1:49.67 in the first round … Was 22nd in the quarterfinal at the East Prelims in 1:51.02 … Took seventh in the 800 meters at the ACC Championship (1:51.70), after running 1:50.08 in the prelims … Finished third in the third section of the 1500 meters at the Raleigh Relays in a personal best 3:51.65, while anchoring the winning 4x800 meter relay (7:31.55) … Ran the second leg on the winning 4x800 meter relay at the Colonial Relays (7:32.42), while also placing fifth in the 800 meters (1:52.11).
2012 Indoor: Redshirted … Competed unattached in the 800 meters (1:52.90) and mile (4:28.91).
2011 Cross Country: Competed in four meets on the season … Ran a career-best 8k time of 25:00.48 to finish 28th at the Clemson Invitational … Finished 12th at the Appalachian State Blue Ridge Open in a time of 25:28.1… Competed at the ACC Championships and finished 65th (25:07.5).
2011 Outdoor: Qualified for the NCAA East Regional in the 800 meters after setting a personal best in the event at the Sun Angel Classic (1:49.64) … Ran second leg on the school record 4x800-meter relay (7:21.28) and the team leading distance medley relay (9:46.70) at the Penn Relays … Earned team points in the 800 meters at the ACC Championships, placing fourth (1:50.29) … Also set personal best in the 400 meters at the Sun Angel Classic (50.32).
2011 Indoor: Set the then school record in the 800-meter run (1:48.90) at the Alex Wilson Invite ... Recorded second-best time on the team in the 600-meter run (1:20.02) ... Posted a career-best in the 3,000-meter run (8:46.97).
2010 Cross Country: Participated in six meets during the season … Finished with a season-best 25:33.9 in the 8k at the Charlotte Invite…Placed fourth on the team at the NCAA Southeast Regional (32.59.4).
2010 Outdoor: Earned a season-best 1:51.78 in the 800 meters at the Georgia Tech Invite … Finished third in his section at the Colonial Relays in the 800 meters (1:52.13) … Ran second leg in 1,600-meter relay at ACC Outdoor Championships (3:14.92) and third leg on the second-place squad at the Vertklasse Meet (3:20.70) … Ran third leg on winning 3,200-meter relay at the Colonial Relays (7:29.80).
2010 Indoor: Earned season-best marks while finishing sixth in the 600 meters at the VT Challenge (1:21.40) and in the 1,000 meters at the Virginia Tech Invitational (2:33.69) … Set personal bests in the mile run (4:25.26) and the 800 meters (1:52.08).
2009 Cross Country: Competed in five meets on the season … Coupled with Doug Fenstermacher to take third at the Virginia Tech Relays with a combined 14,000-meter time of 45:17.9 … Ran a 7,000-meter split of 22:43.9 at the meet … Took 35th out of 154 runners at the Blue Ridge Open, the top Hokie finisher in the race.
High School: Ran for Thomas A. Edison High School in Alexandria, Va. ... Achieved All-America honors twice as a junior in track and field ... Three-time All-State performer and five-time All-Region winner ... Broke five district records in career ... Earned All-District honors six times ... Received All-Met recognition during indoor and outdoor track seasons his senior year ... Lettered 12 times at Thomas Edison High.
Personal: Born on March 6, 1990 in Yirgalem, Ethiopia ... Son of Degfae Setegn and Aselefech Elala ... Twin brother, Leoule, also runs for Tech ... Majoring in environmental policy and planning.
|Degfae's Collegiate XC Bests|
|8k: 25:00.48, Clemson Invite, 2011|
|10k: 32:59.4, NCAA Regional, 2010|
|Degfae's Collegiate Track & Field Bests|
|600m: 1:20.02||400m: 50.32|
|800m: 1:48.90||800m: 1:49.64|
|1000m: 2:33.69||1500m: 3:51.65|