Zeinasellassie wins third XC title

North Central senior Futsum Zeinasellassie won his third consecutive IHSAA cross country championship on Saturday, cementing his legacy as one of the state's all-time great distance runners. We featured Zeinasellassie on the cover of ESPNHS Magazine last year, touting him as a serious national-title threat, and he could cash in on that prediction this season. But for now, let's just marvel in the brilliance that was his IHSAA win.

From David Woods' Indy Star story:

With a time of 14:48.8, Zeinasellassie:

Won by 44 seconds, the largest margin in state history, according to records kept since 1968. "It was a race for second place," said Hamilton Southeastern junior Troy Reeder, who finished third.

Broke the high school course record of 14:53.1 set by national champion Lukas Verzbikas, Orland Park, Ill., in last year's Midwest Regional qualifier for Nike team nationals.

Broke the state meet course record of 15:13.2 set by Brock Hagerman, Pendleton Heights, in 2005.

For the complete Indy Star story, click here.

Click here for the ESPNHS feature on Zeinasellassie.

Click here for DyeStat coverage of the IHSAA meet.