Futsum makes his choice: Northern Arizona

Futsum Zeinasellassie, reacting after winning the Arcadia 3,200, has picked Northern Arizona to continue his education and running career. John Nepolitan/ESPNHS

INDIANAPOLIS -- 2011 Nike Cross Nationals champ and two-time Foot Locker Finals runner-up Futsum Zeinasellassie has finally made his college choice – just a couple of days after the best performance of his career on the track.

The North Central (Indianapolis) senior has committed to Northern Arizona, according to his coach Rick Stover in a report published by Indystar.com. At Arcadia Saturday, Zeinasellassie had said he was weighing the pros and cons of five schools he has visited: Indiana, Purdue, Butler, Northern Arizona and Oklahoma State. Bahlbi Gebreyohanns, his older brother, runs at Northern Arizona as well.

Zeinasellassie has won six state titles in Indiana (three cross country and three 3,200) going into this spring. His winning 8:47.75 at Arcadia was an all-time Indiana best. He also won the Gatorade National Cross Country Boys Runner of the Year award last fall.