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.
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.
Mead Moves on to Olympic 5,000 Final
Mead races in the 5,000 meter final at Olympic Stadium on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. CT.