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.
Ali, Plasencia Rep `U' At World XC
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.
Lockard Leads Gophers in Outdoor Opener
The University of Minnesota men’s track & field program kicked off the outdoor season with nine top-10 finishes at the Baldy Castillo Invitational.