Mead Finishes in 8th in 5000 at Olympic Team Trials
Mead ran a time of 13:30.21 in the 5000-meter final.

June 29, 2012

Hassan Mead's bid for a spot on the 2012 USA Track & Field Olympic team came up just short in the 5000 meters Thursday night in Eugene, Ore., despite a valiant effort in a stacked field.

The senior completed the race in a time of 13:30.21 to finish in eighth place.

Galen Rupp took the top spot with a meet-record time of 13:22.67 to edge out American record-holder Bernard Lagat (13:22.82) by just .15 of a second. Lopez Lamong grabbed the third and final spot on the team with a time of 13:24.47. All three athletes entered the race having already achieved the Olympic A Qualifying Standard, a requirement to make Team USA.

The race brought to an end a magical experience for Mead, who competed in both the 5000 and 10000 meters. To be in the thick of the battle at this level at a relatively young age for a distance runner was certainly a great accomplishment.

Mead reached the 5000 meter final with a solid performance in his preliminary heat, finishing in a time of 13:44.56 for the fifth-best overall time in the multiple-heat field of 25 competitors.

In the 10000 meters, Mead ran a personal-best time of 27:59.04 to place 11th in the 24-athlete field.

The USA Track & Field Olympic Team Trials wraps up completion on Sunday, July 1st. The opening ceremonies for the 2012 London Olympics are July 27th, with competition in track and field slated to begin on August 3rd.

 

 

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