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Somali American and 8-Time All-American, Hassan Mead, JUST QUALIFIED for RIO 2016 Olympics

Somali American and 8-Time All-American runner, Hassan Mead, is Going to RIO 2016 Olympics

University of Minnesota track & field and cross country alum Hassan Mead punched his ticket to the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro with a runner-up finish in the 5,000 meters on Saturday at the 2016 U.S. Olympic Team Trials.

The Minneapolis, Minn., native ran a 13:35.70 at Hayward Field to finish one spot behind Bernard Lagat and earn his first bid to the Olympics.

“We’re absolutely thrilled for Hassan,” Minnesota Director of Track & Field and Cross Country Steve Plasencia, a two-time Olympian in the 10,000 meters, said. “He’s simply a tremendous person…he’s poured his heart and soul into running, and we couldn’t be more proud of him right now.”

An eight-time All-American and a nine-time Big Ten champion for the Gophers, Mead still owns Minnesota records in the outdoor 10,000 meters (28:12.74), the outdoor 5,000 meters (13:28.45), the indoor 5,000 meters (13:33.42) and the 8,000 meters in cross country (23:29).

Fellow Minnesota All-American alum Ben Blankenship will attempt to join Mead on the U.S. Olympic Team when he runs in the 1,500 meter finals on Sunday at 7:20 p.m. CT.

Source: University of Minnesota Gophers

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