The best track & field athletes in the country will compete to qualify for the IAAF World Championships to be held in London Aug. 4-13.
True freshmen Hamza Ali and Nick Rink will also represent the U.S. in international competition next month.
Obsa Ali ran the second fastest 5,000 meters in school history and the second fastest mark in the Big Ten this season.
The Minneapolis, Minn., native ran a 13:35.70 at Hayward Field to earn his first bid to the Olympics.
The Fridley, Minn., native, who won six Big Ten titles with the Maroon & Gold and still owns six school records, clocked a 1:47.05 in the event finals.
An eight-time All-American in his Minnesota career, four in cross country (2007, 2008, 2009, 2011) and five in track (2008 outdoor, 2009 indoor and outdoor, 2011 indoor and outdoor) seventh in the indoor 5,000 meters and fourth in the outdoor in 2011 placed fourth in the 3,000 meters (7:56.15) at the 2009 NCAA indoor meet placed sixth at 2008 and 2009 NCAA meet in 5,000 meters 2009 NCAA Midwest Region champion in the 5,000 meters 2009 Big Ten Outdoor Track Athlete of the Year the first Gopher to win five individual event Big Ten titles in an academic year (2008-09; cross country, 3,000m indoor, 5,000m indoor, 5,000 outdoor, 10,000m outdoor) led Gophers to indoor/outdoor sweep of Big Ten team track titles 2009 Outdoor Track Athlete of the Championships 2009 All-Big Ten First Team for indoor and outdoor track 2011 Midwest Region cross country champion 2008 and 2009 Big Ten cross country and NCAA Midwest Region individual champion named the 2008 and 2009 Big Ten Cross Country Athlete of the Year 2008 Big Ten champion in outdoor 5,000 meters 2008 All-Big Ten First Team outdoor, All-Big Ten Second Team indoor 2007 Big Ten cross country runner-up All-Big Ten First Team and All-Midwest Region in cross country 2007 Big Ten Cross Country Freshman of the Year three-time Gopher cross country MVP owns school records in the indoor 3,000 meters (7:56.15), indoor 5,000 meters (13:33.42), outdoor 5,000 meters (13:28.45) and 10,000 meters (28:12.74) placed 18th in the 5,000 meters (14:07.44) at the 2008 U.S. Olympic Trials placed eighth in the 5,000 meters (13:30.21) and 11th in the 10,000 meters (27:59.04) at the 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials.
2012 Season - Indoor: Finished seventh (13:51.98) in the 5,000 meters at the NCAA Championships, earning All-America honors finished second in the 3,000m at the Big Ten Championships with a time of 8:01.76 also finished second in the 5,000m with a time of 13:43.13 set the school record in the 5,000m, winning at the Husky Classic with a time of 13:33.42 won the 3,000m at the Jack Johnson Classic (8:03.84) ran a 4:07.35 mile at the Bill Bergan Invite, finishing fourth. Outdoor: An All-American, finishing fourth in the 5,000 meters (13:42.53) finished second in the 5,000m at the Big Ten Championships with a time of 13:51.02 ran a time of 28:12.74 in the 10,000 meters at the Payton Jordan Invite, setting the all-time school record won the 1,500 meters at the Hamline Invite (3:52.47) Academic All-Big Ten.
2011 Season - Indoor: Competed in the 3,000 meters at the Snowshoe Open and took second overall with a time of 8:05.33. Outdoor: Big Ten Champion in the 10,000 meters with a time of 29:04.79 finished third at the Big Ten championships in the 5,000 meters (14:03.21) took eighth at the Mt. SAC Relays with a time of 14.45.68 in the 5,000 meters ran the first leg of the third place 4x1,600-meter relay (16:40.29) at the Drake Relays also ran the fourth leg in the distance medley relay (9:38.09) at the Drake Relays that took first letterwinner.
Redshirted the indoor and outdoor seasons due to an achilles tendon injury.
Indoor: All-America finished fourth in the NCAA 3,000 meters with a school-record time of 7:56.15 qualified in the 5,000 meters as well but chose to compete at the shorter distance Big Ten champion in the 3,000 and 5,000 meters won the 3,000 meters in 8:02.61) then captured the 5,000 meters the next day in a school record time of 13:58.16 set the Gopher record in the 3,000 meters for the first time (7:56.60) at the Washington Husky Classic. Outdoor:NCAA All-American placed sixth at the NCAA Championships in the 5,000 meters (14:09.87) for the second straight season NCAA Midwest Region champion in the 5,000 meters (14:02.25) Big Ten Track Athlete of the Year and Big Ten Track Athlete of the Championships won Conference titles in the 5,000 meters (14:20.75) and the 10,000 meters (30:03.21) set Gopher record in 5,000m (13:28.45) at Stanford's Payton Jordan Invitational led off Gophers' Drake Relay champion 4x1,600m relay (16:29.74) earned second varsity letter.
Indoor: All-Big Ten Second Team Conference runner-up in the 5,000 meters (14:26.63) added a third-place finish in the 3,000 meters (8:11.73) clocked a season best of 8:01.08, the second-fastest in school history, at the Husky Classic. Outdoor:Captured first track NCAA All-America honor in the 5,000 meters placed sixth in a school-record time of 13:44.30 Big Ten champion in the 5,000 meters (14:16.38) ran an Olympic Trials "B" Standard and the third-fastest time in school history in the 5,000 meters (13:49.35) at the Stanford Peyton Jordan Cardinal Invitational varsity letterwinner.
One of two (Chris Rombough) three-time All-Americans in Gopher history earned honors in 2007, 2008 and 2009 2008 and 2009 NCAA Midwest Region and Big Ten champion 2008 and 2009 NCAA Midwest Region Runner of the Year 2007 Big Ten Freshman of the Year Fred O. Watson Award, as the team's MVP in 2007 (co), 2008 (co) and 2009 three-time varsity letterwinner redshirted the 2010 season.
A 2007 graduate Minneapolis South High School coach was Mark Gross a four-time all-state performer in track state runner-up in the 3,200 meters in 2007, third in 2006 placed fifth in the two mile run at the 2007 Nike Outdoor Nationals with a time of 8:51.23, the third best time in Minnesota high school history.
Born June 28, 1989 plans to major in physical therapy parents are Yausuf Mead and Deka Sahal enjoys playing basketball.
Mead's Career Bests
3,000 Meters (I) - 7:56.15, NCAA Champ. (3/14/09)
5,000 Meters (I) - 13:33.42, Husky Classic. (2/10/12)
5,000 Meters (O) - 13:28.45, Payton Jordan (5/2/09)
10,000 Meters - 28:12.74, Payton Jordan (4/29/12)
Three 'U' Alums Set for USATF Championships
6/20/2018 - M. Track & Field
Representing the Maroon & Gold are Sean Donnelly in the hammer throw, Harun Abda in the 800 meters and Hassan Mead in the 1,500 meters.
Obsa Ali Captures NCAA Steeplechase Crown
6/8/2018 - M. Track & Field
Ali claimed the program's first national championship in the steeplechase by breaking his own school record at 8:32.23 on Friday night at Hayward Field.
Ali Advances to NCAA Steeplechase Final
6/6/2018 - M. Track & Field
Competing at historic Hayward Field at the University of Oregon, Ali led the semifinal field with a time of 8:39.17 on Wednesday to advance to Friday's final at 7:54 p.m. CT.