Hassan Mead
Hassan Mead


Minneapolis, Minn.

High School:
Minneapolis South High School

3 Letters


Hassan Mead Named Richard "Pinky" McNamara Student-Athlete Achievement Award

Senior has inspired all by making an extraordinary effort to succeed despite difficult circumstances, preserving during a time of tremendous adversity and/or overcoming a great challenge


Gopher Men Finish 16th at NCAA Championships

Hassan Mead becomes first four-time All-American for Minnesota in cross country history


Gopher Men Finish 16th at NCAA Championships

Hassan Mead takes 34th and earns his fourth All-American accolade


Minnesota Set for NCAA Championships

Race begins at 11:08 am on Monday


Hassan Mead Named Midwest Region Athlete of the Year

Mead won last weekend's Midwest Regional

Golden Gopher Career Notes:
A six-time All-American in his Minnesota career, three each in cross country (2007, 2008, 2009) and track (2008 outdoor, 2009 indoor, 2009 outdoor) • placed fourth in the 3,000 meters (7:56.15) at the 2009 NCAA indoor meet • placed sixth at 2008 and 2009 NCAA meet in 5,000 meters • 2009 NCAA Midwest Region champion in the 5,000 meters • 2009 Big Ten Outdoor Track Athlete of the Year • the first Gopher to win five individual event Big Ten titles in an academic year (2008-09: cross country, 3,000m indoor, 5,000m indoor, 5,000 outdoor, 10,000m outdoor) • led Gophers to indoor/outdoor sweep of Big Ten team track titles • 2009 Outdoor Track Athlete of the Championships • 2009 All-Big Ten First Team for indoor and outdoor track • 2008 and 2009 Big Ten cross country and NCAA Midwest Region individual champion • named the 2008 and 2009 Big Ten Cross Country Athlete of the Year • 2011 Big Ten Champion in the 10,000 meters • 2008 Big Ten champion in outdoor 5,000 meters • 2008 All-Big Ten First Team outdoor, All-Big Ten Second Team indoor • 2007 Big Ten cross country runner-up • All-Big Ten First Team and All-Midwest Region in cross country • 2007 Big Ten Cross Country Freshman of the Year • three-time Gopher cross country MVP • ran the school's best 8K cross country time (23:33.1) • owns school records in the indoor 5,000 meters (13:58.16) and outdoor 5,000 meters (13:28.45) • placed 18th in the 5,000 meters (14:07.44) at the 2008 U.S. Olympic Trials.

2011 Senior Season: Competed in six meets • Minnesota's top finisher at the NCAA Championships (30:02.8), earning Top-25 honors among team standings and achieving All-American status for the fourth consecutive year, a Minnesota record • blazed his way to gold at the Midwest Regional Cross Country Championships, defeating the pack in 31:16.87 over the 10K course • led the team to its third place finish at the Big Ten Championships, placing fourth overall with a 23:29 season-best showing • paced the Gophers at 23:31 running the Wisconsin Adidas 8K, earning fifth place overall • led Minnesota at the Roy Griak Invitational, racing 23:48.7 to earn the bronze medal • placed second on the team in earning the Hornet Jamboree silver medal with a 4-mile time of 19:28

2010 Senior Season: Sat out the season due to a fall training injury.

2009 • Junior Season: All-American • placed 16th at the NCAA meet (29:50.7) to become the second three-time All-American in Minnesota history • the number-one runner all season • led Gophers to a 24th-place team finish at NCAA Championships • the NCAA Midwest Region champion (30:31.31.9) • USTFCCCA Midwest Region Runner of the Year • defended his Big Ten title with a time of 25:00.2 • Big Ten Runner of the Year • Roy Griak Invitational champion • two-time Big Ten Runner of the Week honoree • team co-captin • earned third varsity letter.

2008 • Sophomore Season: All-American the Gophers' number-two runner on the squad that finished 15th at the NCAA Championships • captured All-America acclaim with a 31st-place finish (30:06.2) • won the NCAA Midwest Region (31:15.65) and Big Ten (24:26.4) individual titles • NCAA Midwest Region and Big Ten Runner of the Year • All-Big Ten First Team • finished third in Pre-NCAA meet with a time of 23:33.1, the fastest 8-kilometer time in school history • placed second (24:07.4) in the Griak Invitational • co-winner of the team's MVP honor, the Fred O. Watson Award with Chris Rombough • earned his second varsity letter.

2007 • Freshman Season: All-American • the first freshman cross country All-American in Gopher history • placed 43rd at the NCAA Championships (30:37.6) • the Gophers' second finisher on the squad that placed eighth overall • All-Midwest Region honoree • Midwest Region runner-up, covering the 10K course in 29:57 • Big Ten runner-up (23:47.70) • All-Big Ten First Team • 2007 Big Ten Freshman of the Year • competed in six meets • the Gophers' top finisher at Midwest Region and Big Ten meet, second finisher in the others • clocked season-best 8K time of 23:45.0, placing 20th at the Pre-NCAA Meet • finished sixth (24.40.1) at his first career Roy Griak Invitational • shared team MVP honor, the Fred O. Watson Award, with Chris Rombough • varsity letterwinner.

On the Track: Will be senior in 2012 • redshirted the 2010 seasons with an Achilles tendon injury • a three-time track All-American, once in 3,000 meters and twice in 5,000 meters • a six-time Big Ten champion: twice in the outdoor 5,000m (2008 and 2009), twice in the 10,000m (2009 and 2011), and once each in the 3,000m and indoor 5,000m (2009) • 2009 Big Ten Outdoor Track Athlete of the Year.

High School: A 2007 graduate of Minneapolis South High School • high school coaches were Mark Gross and Melvin Alvarez • Minnesota Class AA cross country champion in 2006 running a state record time of 15:10.7 (5K) • finished fourth (15:28) at the 2006 Foot Locker Cross Country Nationals • won Foot Locker Midwest Region title • a four-time all-state performer on the track • state runner-up in 3,200 meters (9:03.29) in 2007, third in 2006 • placed sixth in the 1,600m as both a junior and senior (4:14.17) • finished fifth in the 2 mile run at the 2007 Nike Outdoor Nationals with a time of 8:51.23, the third-best time in Minnesota high school history.

Personal: Born June 28, 1989 • graduated with a degree in Communications • currently enrolled in first year of graduate school pursing Sports Management • son of Yousuf Mead and Deka Sahal • has a younger sister Hana • enjoys playing basketball and golf.


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