2008 CROSS COUNTRY: Ran a personal-best 8K time of 25:37.4 to finish 187th at the ISU Pre-Nationals ... Recorded a season-best seventh-place finish at the Missouri Cross Country Challenge with an 8K time of 27:18.80 ... Placed 19th at the Bob Timmons Classic in an 8K time of 27:09.3 ... Finished 52nd at the Big 12 Championships after running the 8K race in 26:04.68 ... Competed in the 10K NCAA Midwest Regional Championships, clocking in at 33:06.50 and placing 78th ... Posted a 154th-place finish at the OSU Cowboy Jamboree after running an 8K time of 27:43.
AT CHARLOTTE: Competed for the Charlotte 49ers as a freshman ... Ran a personal-best 8K time of 25:55 ... Placed eighth at the Charlotte Relay ... Competed in Pre-Nationals, the George Mason Invitational and the Winthrop Invitational ... Finished 72nd out of a 146-man field at the Atlantic 10 Championships.
HIGH SCHOOL: Lettered four years in cross country and two years in basketball ... A two-time all-state performer in indoor track ... Placed third in the state in the 3,200-meter run (2005) ... Earned all-state honors in the 3,200-meter run in the 2005 outdoor season ... Conference cross country champion as a senior in 2005 ... Five-time all-conference performer in track and three-time cross country all-conference runner ... 2005 NW 4A Conference Runner of the Year ... Twice was named all-region in track ...Three-time all-region selection in cross country (2003-2005) ... Named freshman of the year in 2002.
PERSONAL: Son of Vaughn and Linda Shirlen ... Born in Old Fort, N.C. ... Majoring in history, political science.