The Gophers have now boasted an All-American for five-straight years at the NCAA outdoor meet.
Goaner Deng (800 meters), Luke Johnson (shot put), Gian Ferretti (hammer throw) and Luca Wieland (decathlon) will represent the Maroon & Gold at the national championship meet.
The Gophers feature three runners at the 2014 USATF Championships in Calif.
The trio of Gophers will compete this week at Sacramento State University's Hornet Stadium.
Minnesota closes out the Drake Relays on Saturday.
A six-time All-American, in the indoor 4x400m relay (2012), distance medley relay (2010, 2011), indoor 800 meters (2011), outdoor 800m (second team in 2011), and outdoor 4x400m relay (second team in 2011) three-time Big Ten champion in the 600 meters holds the school records in the indoor 600m (1:15.86) and 800m (1:46.97) ranks fifth in 600 meters 1:17.76 ranks second in the outdoor 800m (1:46.65) and sixth in the 400m (46.21) ran the 800m at the 2012 Olympic Trials.
2012 Season - Indoor: Big Ten champion in the 600 meters with a school record time of 1:15.86 set a school record while placing first in the 800m at the Bill Bergan Invite with a time of 1:46.97 won the 600m at the Jack Johnson Classic with a time of 1:16.38, a University of Minnesota Fieldhouse record won the 600 yards at the Iowa State Classic (1:07.66) won the 1,000m at the Holiday Inn Invitational (2:26.32) ran the second leg of the Gophers' 4x400-meter relay team that posted the fifth-best time in school history at the Big Ten Indoor Championships (3:09.52) and set the fourth-best time in school history at the Alex Wilson Invitational (3:06.87, fifth) ran the fourth leg of the 4x400 team that won both the Holiday Inn Invitational (3:12.13) and Bill Bergan Invite (3:09.93) team also finished third at the Iowa State Classic (3:09.00). Outdoor: NCAA Championships competitor in the 800 meters, running the second-fastest time in school history (1:46.65) also ran the 4x400m relay at the Championships finished fourth in the 400m at the Big Ten Championships with a time of 46.21 also ran the second leg of the 4x400m relay team that ran a time of 3:06.50, seventh-best in school history ran the fourth leg of the 4x800 meter relay team that won the Drake Relays (7:19.02) also ran the second leg of the distance medley relay team that won the Drake Relays and set the school record with a time of 9:36.21 4x400m relay team placed fourth at the Drake Relays with a time of 3:08.18 took fourth in the 800m at the Mt. SAC Relays with a time of 1:47.20 finished fifth in the 800m at the Stanford Invite (1:48.87) ran the fourth leg of the 4x100m relay at the Stanford Invite (41.10) ran the second leg of the 4x400m relay team that won the Mt. SAC Relays and set the 10th-fastest time in school history (3:07.55) Academic All-Big Ten.
2011 Season - Indoor: Placed fifth in the 800 meters at the NCAA 2011 Indoor Championships, and became an All-American for a third time Big Ten Champion in the 600m for the second year in row with a career-best time of 1:17.35 ran the second leg of the distance medley that placed third at the NCAA championships with a time of 9:29.70 for the secondyear in a row ran the fourth leg in the 4x400-meter relay team that took first place at the Bill Bergan Invite (3:11.24) and Snowshoe Open (3:13.71) broke the school record after winning the 800 meters (1:47.87) at the Alex Wilson Invite ran the second leg of the Gophers distance medley relay team that broke a school record (9:29.70) at the NCAA championship relay team also won the Big Ten championship (9:50.58) and the Alex Wilson Invite (9:31.78). Outdoor: Second Team All-American ranked third in 2011 West Region going into the NCAA Championship with the time of 1:46.81 ran the fourth leg in the 4x800-meter relay (7:18.51) which broke the school record and won first place at the Drake Relays letterwinner.
2010 Season - Indoor: All-American ran the third leg of the distance medley that placed third at the NCAA Championships with a time of 9:38.09 Big Ten champion in the 600 meters with a season-best time of 1:17.76, a Minnesota freshman record and the fifth-fastest time in Gopher history ran the second leg of the 4x400-meter relay that placed fourth at the Big Ten meet an NCAA provisional qualifier in the 800 meters top 800m time was 1:49.61 at the Alex Wilson Invitational 800m time also a Minnesota freshman record and No. 4 all-time ran the third leg of the DMR that clocked the second-fastest time in Gopher history (9:33.86) at the Alex Wilson Inv. Outdoor: An NCAA Preliminary Meet competitor in the 800 meters ran a time of 1:50.28 in prelims placed fourth in the event at the Big Ten Championships (1:49.34) broke the Minnesota freshman record three times during the season clocked his best time of 1:48.62, the fifth-best time in Gopher history, at the Peyton Jordan Cardinal Invitational won the 800m at the Jim Click Shootout also competed at NCAA Preliminary Meet in 4x400-meter relay anchored the relay that placed 18th with a season-best time of 3:08.59 relay placed fourth at Conference meet led off the 4x800-meter relay that placed second at the Drake Relays with a school-record time of 7:18.18 varsity letterwinner.
A 2009 graduate of Fridley High School high school coach was Jeff Bullard won Minnesota Class AA title in the 800 meters as a senior in 2009 runner-up in 800m and 1,600m as a junior high school bests of 49.01 in 400m and 1:50.74 in 800m also earned all-state honors in soccer a member of the National Honor Society.
Born Jan. 1, 1990 undecided on a major parents are Mako and Felema Abda has 16 siblings older brother Kamal plays soccer at Hamline.
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