June 27, 2014
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (GopherSports.com) – Two runners with University of Minnesota ties opened the 2014 USATF Outdoor Championships on Thursday night in Sacramento, Calif.
Thirteen-time All-American Harun Abda ran in the men’s 800, finishing fourth in his heat and 22nd overall as a competitor for Oregon Track Club Elite. Abda clocked a 1:50.12 in the preliminary but did not qualify for Friday’s semifinal. Duane Solomon paced all runners in the preliminary race with a time of 1:47.19.
Meanwhile, four-time All-American John Simons finished 13th in his heat and 25th overall in Thursday’s men’s 1,500 prelims. The Hartland, Wis., native ran a 3:51.33 but failed to qualify for the finals on Saturday. Leonel Manzano led the pack on Thursday with a time of 4:42.01.
Minnesota features one more competitor at this year’s U.S. Championships with Hassan Mead set for the men’s 5,000 meter final on Friday night at 11:25 p.m. CT.
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Ali finished 52nd overall in the men's U20 race, clocking a time of 26:14 for the eight-kilometer race at the Kololo Independence Grounds.
Plasencia, Ali Set for World XC Championships
Plasencia and Ali are the latest runners with ties to the University of Minnesota to represent the United States in the last year.