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Hassan Mead becomes first four-time All-American for Minnesota in cross country history
Hassan Mead takes 34th and earns his fourth All-American accolade
Race begins at 11:08 am on Monday
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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