June 28, 2014
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (GopherSports.com) -- Former Gophers All-American Hassan Mead finished third in the men's 5,000 meter final later Friday night at the 2014 USATF Championships in Sacramento, closing out the University of Minnesota's contingency of competitors at the event.
Running for Oregon Track Club Elite, Mead clocked a 13:31.42 in the event in the race, finishing just over a second behind Bernard Lagat (13:31.41) and Andrew Bumbalough (13:32.01) in the competition. Mead entered the weekend with a qualifying mark of 13:02.80 -- a personal best for the distance runner which also stands as the fifth fastest 5,000 in the world this year.
Gophers Claim Five Titles at Stanford
Meanwhile, four unattached Gopher freshmen picked up titles at Concordia-St. Paul’s Holst Invitational on Saturday at SeaFoam Stadium in St. Paul.
Harold Headlines Opening Day at Stanford
The Gophers also added three top-10 all-time performances on Friday from Mitch Hechsel, Luke May and Obsa Ali.
Minnesota Heads West for Cardinal Classic
The Cardinal Classic is a two-day meet (Friday-Saturday) set at Cobb Track and Angell Field while the Holst Invitational is scheduled for Saturday at SeaFoam Stadium.