Who's Got Next Indiana

Updated: January 14, 2009, 4:00 PM ET
ESPNRISE.com

FUTSUM ZEINASELLASSIE


NORTH CENTRAL  BOYS' CROSS COUNTRY


Before the 2008 school year had begun, the buzz was building around Zeinasellassie. Although he was a freshman and had never run a high school meet before, word spread about the native of Eritrea, Africa, speculating that he could be the first frosh to win a state title. Zeinasellassie fell just short of that milestone, finishing second at the state meet, but he was impressive in every way. After states, he went to San Diego and finished seventh at the Foot Locker Cross Country Championships on Dec. 13. Look for Zeinasellassie to get his state title next year, and a national championship could very well be in his future.