June 26, 2012
After failing to qualify in the 10,000m, senior Hassan Mead focused his attention to the 5,000 meter event as his last chance for the 2012 Olympics. So far it has paid off.
His trek in the 5,000m began at the U.S. Olympic Trials in Eugene, Ore. last night where he placed fifth in his preliminary heat to automatically advance to the final event. At the end of the day, his time of 13:44.56 ranked fifth overall in a field of 25 competitors.
The final event is scheduled for 9:38 p.m. CST, last on the slate on June 28th after the trials pick back up from a two-day break. In addition to being in the top three, a runner must hit the Olympic A Standard of 13:33.00 to gain a spot on the U.S. team for London.
‘U’ Alum Siegmeier Joins Gophers Staff
A two-time All-American and three-time Big Ten champion, Zach Siegmeier will serve as director of operations for men's track & field and cross country.
Blankenship, Mead Shine in Olympic Finals
Mead and Blankenship recorded the best Olympic finishes by Gophers since Staffan Strand finished sixth in the high jump for Sweden during the 2000 Olympics in Sydney.
Blankenship Punches Ticket to Olympic Final
Ben Blankenship (1,500) and Hassan Mead (5,000) will run in Olympic finals on Saturday night.