2009 (Sophomore): During the indoor season Daniel finished fourth place to score in the mile run (4:25.86) at the Air Force Collegiate Invitational (Feb. 13). He recorded two scores in the MWC indoor championships (Feb. 26) finishing in sixth place in the 5,000-meters (15:21.60) and eighth place in the 3,000-meter run (8:46.56). During the outdoor season, Daniel recorded his best time in the 1,500-meters at the MWC championships (May 13) finishing in 11th place (4:02.80).
2008 (Freshman): Daniel competed in distance running at Western State, where he had season-best times in the 800-meters (1:59.88), 1,500-meters (3:55.21), and 3,000-meters (8:49.91).
High School: Daniel played three sports while attending Napier Boys High School in Napier, New Zealand. He finished in third place in the New Zealand school 6,000-meter road race in 2004, and in fifth place in the New Zealand school 1,500 meters in 2005. He was the captain of his cross country and track teams in 2004 and 2005. He holds the senior boys school record in the 3,000-meters.
Personal: Daniel was born Nov. 11, 1987, to Karen and John Wallis in Wellington, New Zealand. He has a younger sister, Grace. He is majoring in political science.