High School: Aliese lettered in cross country and track while attending Rocky Mountain High School in Fort Collins, Colo. She was part of the track state championship team in 2006 and won state championships in the 3,200-meter relay in 2006 and 2009. She earned MVP honors in cross country and track in her junior season. She also earned first- and second-team all-state honors during her tenure.
Personal: Aliese was born Oct. 13, 1990, to Randy and Kimberly Willard in Fort Collins, Colo. She has three brothers, Andrew, Christopher and David. Majoring in journalism.