Hassan Mead

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Hassan Mead
Personal information
Born (1989-06-28) 28 June 1989 (age 25)
Somalia
Residence Eugene, Oregon
Height 6 feet 2 inches (1.88 m)
Weight 142 pounds (64 kg)
Sport
Country  United States
Event(s) 3000 m, 5000 m, 10,000 m, Cross country
College team Minnesota Golden Gophers
Club Oregon Track Club
Coached by Mark Rowland, Steve Plasencia

Hassan Mead (Somali: Xassan Miid, Arabic: حسن ميد born June 28, 1989) was a Cross Country and track and field athlete for the University of Minnesota. An eight-time All-American in his Minnesota career, four in cross country (2007, 2008, 2009, 2011) and five in track (2008 outdoor, 2009 indoor and outdoor, 2012 indoor and outdoor). He is a nine-time Big Ten Conference Champion winning two in cross country, (2008, 2009) and seven in track, sweeping all distance events in the 2009 indoor and outdoor seasons. Hassan is currently running with the Oregon Track Club in Eugene, Oregon.

High school[edit]

Mead moved to the United States from Somalia in the year 2000.[1] He eventually settled in Ontario, California and soon moved to Puyallup, Washington. He attended Stahl Junior High School, then moved on to Emerald Ridge High School.[2] In his Junior year, his first year racing, he finished 10th at the 2005 Washington State Class 4A State Meet.[3] Later that year, he moved to Minneapolis, Minnesota and attended Minneapolis South High School. He competed for South in the Spring Track and Field season and made it to the State Meet in the 1,600 and 3,200 meter runs. He finished 6th (4:19.51) and 4th (9:15.93) respectively. In his Senior season, he joined the South Cross Country team and went undefeated, including victories in the 2006 Roy Griak Invitational (15:49), 2006 State Cross Country Meet (15:10.7), and the Foot Locker Midwest Regional Meet (15:05).[4] At the Foot Locker Nationals, he finished 4th (15:28), only 8 seconds behind the winner. In Track and Field later that year, he again made it to the State Meet in the 3,200 and 1,600. This time, he finished 2nd (9:03.29) and 6th (4:14.17), respectively. He closed out his High School career as one of the finest distance runners the state has ever had.

College career[edit]

Mead attended the University of Minnesota in the fall of 2007, competing on the Cross Country team. He had a fine Freshman season, and finished 2nd overall in the Big Ten Conference Meet (23:47.70). In his very first 10K a week later, Mead again finished 2nd overall (29:57) in the Midwest Regional Meet to qualify for the NCAA Nationals. He only finished 43rd in that race (with a time of 30:36), but it was good enough to become Minnesota's first Freshman All-American, and he was named the Big Ten Freshman of the Year.[5]

Freshman Indoor[edit]

Hassan opened his indoor season at the University of Nebraska where he took 3rd in the 3k with a time of 8:13. On February 16, 2008, Mead ran the 2nd-fastest 3,000 meter time ever by a Minnesota runner (8:01.08) at the Husky Invite at the University of Washington. Two weeks later Hassan raced at the Big Ten Conference Championships in Madison, Wisconsin. On the first day he took 3rd in the 3,000 meter run finishing with a time of 8:11 crossing the line behind Brandon Bethke of the University of Wisconsin–Madison and Jeff See of the Ohio State University. The next day, Hassan placed 2nd in the 5,000 meter run finishing in a time 14:22 losing again to Bethke but defeating the Big Ten Cross Country Champion Matt Withrow. His efforts earned him two big ten medals and 2nd Team All-Big Ten Conference for his 5k race.

Freshman Outdoor[edit]

Hassan Mead made his debut at the University of Oregon in Eugene, Oregon.[6] He finished his first College outdoor 5K with a time of 13:57.86,[7] the 7th fastest in school history and his first sub-14 minute 5K. At the Stanford Invitational in May, he bested that time with 13:49.35,[8] the 3rd-fastest in school history. On May 15, he won the Big Ten Conference Meet by 50 meters, running a 14:12.[9] Mead had also previously qualified for the NCAA Midwest Regional Meet on several occasions (the standard was 14:12). He finished 5th at Regionals, advancing to the Nationals with a time of 14:02. In the 5000 meter prelims at Nationals, he again finished 5th in his first heat to qualify for the finals 2 days later. He ended up 6th overall, becoming the Gopher men's only All-American for 2008. His time of 13:44.30 also became a new School Record,[10] and he finished his Freshman season as an All American in 2 sports, and only 14 seconds off of the Olympic Trials "A" standard to automatically qualify him for a chance to go to the Olympics in the 5000.

2008 Olympic Trials[edit]

In the week leading up to the US Olympic Trials, Mead revealed that he was going to compete in the 5000 meter run at the Trials. He was the 23rd and one of the last qualifiers to make it into the competition.[11] In his semi-final heat, Mead finished 11th with a time of 14:07:44, 18th place overall, and did not advance to the finals.[12]

Sophomore Year of College[edit]

Sophomore Cross Country[edit]

On Nov. 2nd, Mead ran a 24:26 to win the Big Ten Conference CC meet, leading the Gophers to a 3rd-place finish. Mead's success made his the Big Ten Men's Runner of the Year for 2008. On Nov. 15th, Mead won the Midwest Regional Cross County Championships in a 10k time of 31:15.65.[13] Mead placed 31st at the NCAA Nationals, fast enough to be an All-America for the second year in a row.[14]

Sophomore Indoor[edit]

Hassan made his first waves of the indoor season on February 14 when he broke the school's record in the indoor 3000 meter run with a time of 7:56.60 at the Husky Invite.[15] At the Big Ten Indoor Championships in March, Hassan won is first indoor titles in the 3000m (8:02.61) and the 5000m (13:58.16). Mead's efforts helped the Gophers men's team handily win the Big Ten Conference Indoor title.[16] two weeks later, Mead competed in the National Indoor Championships in the 3000m, finishing 4th with a new school record time of 7:56.15, and being named All American for the fourth time in his college career.[17]

Sophomore Outdoor[edit]

On Saturday, May 2, Hassan Mead won his heat at the Stanford Invitational 5K with a lifetime PR of 13:28.45, the same race in which Galen Rupp's American junior record was taken down by Chris Derrick of Stanford. It was his first race at that distance of the season. Two weeks later, Mead won the Big Ten Conference Outdoor titles in both the 5k (14:20.75) and 10k (30:03.21). His performances again helped lead the Gophers men's team to win the Big Ten Conference Championship. Despite his 10k title, his time was not fast enough to qualify him to go to the NCAA Midwest Regional in that event. Nevertheless, he did qualify in the 5k, and on May 29, he won the Midwest regional title in that event with a time of 14:02.25.[18] At the NCAA National Championships on June 10, he again won his heat of the 5k in a time of 14:00.79 to advance to finals two days later. The finals were run in very poor running conditions and the entire field ran a very slow race for a national final. Mead ended up finishing 6th overall with a time of 14:09.87, only 9 seconds behind Galen Rupp's winning time.[19] Mead was named All-American for the fifth time.

Junior Year of College[edit]

Junior Cross Country[edit]

Mead opened his 2009 season on September 26 at Minnesota's Roy Griak Invitational and dominated the soggy course. He sprinted out to a 50 meter lead after 300 meters and never reliquished the lead, winning by 13 seconds in a time of 24:37.5. Mead defended his Big Ten title by winning with a time of 25:00.2 and earning an Big Ten Runner of the Year Award. Mead was a two-time Big Ten Runner of the Week honoree. Mead was the NCAA Midwest Region champion in a time of 30:31.31.9 which earned him the USTFCCCA Midwest Region Runner of the Year award. Mead served as team co-captain. Mead placed 16th at the NCAA meet (29:50.7) to become the second three-time All-American in Minnesota history. Mead led Gophers to a 24th-place team finish at NCAA Championships.

2010[edit]

On a run in Arizona, Hassan suffered an Achilles Tendon in January 2010, thus losing his indoor and outdoor seasons. Later in September, while building up for the 2010 fall season, Hassan suffered a collapsed lung on a run. This put him in the hospital for several weeks, not being able to race all of 2010.

Junior Indoor[edit]

Mead's 2011 indoor season was his first time racing since running in the 2009 Cross Country NCAA Championships. Mead recovered from his collapsed lung but was unable to score in the Big Ten Championships.

Junior Outdoor[edit]

Mead exceeded expectations by vaulting to win the 2011 Outdoor Big Ten championship in the 10,000 meters; out dueling would-be 2012 Olympian Mohammed Ahmed. He was took third in the 5000 meters as the Gophers narrowly missed defending their five straight Big Ten Championships.

Senior Year of College[edit]

Senior Cross Country[edit]

Mead 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. Hassan blazed his way to gold at the Midwest Regional Cross Country Championships, defeating the pack in 31:16.87 over the 10K course. Finished Fourth at Big Ten Championships.

Senior Indoor[edit]

Hassan set a personal record in the indoor 5000 meters winning (among College Athletes) the Husky Classic with a time of 13:33.42. He took home the Big Ten title in the 5000 meters running 13:43.13. He also was second in the 3000 meter race.Mead gained All-American honors in the 5000 meters with a 7th place finish.

Senior Outdoor[edit]

Mead's last season at the University of Minnesota was very successful. Gained his eight-time All-American status, finishing fourth in the 5,000 meters. Finished second in the 5,000m at the Big Ten Championships and ran a time of 28:12.74 in the 10,000 meters at the Payton Jordan Invite, setting the all-time school record. He was given the 2012 Richard "Pinky" McNamara Student-Athlete Achievement Award, given to a University of Minnesota student-athlete who 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.

2012 Olympic Trials[edit]

In 2012 Mead made the finals of the Olympic Trials 5000 meters for the first time. He finished in eighth place with a time of 13:30.21, just behind fellow Minnesotan Elliot Heath. Mead was 11th in the 10,000 meters with a personal record of 27:59.04.

OTC Elite[edit]

Since September 2012 Hassan has been training with the Elite division of the Oregon Track Club[20] under coach Mark Rowland.

On April 28, 2013 Hassan set his then-current personal best in the 5k of 13:15.50 at the Payton Jordan Invitational in Palo Alto, California. Half a second off of the Olympic 'A' Standard. Mead finished 9th in the 2013 USATF Outdoor 5k final in Des Moines, Iowa on June 23.[21] Hassan again set a personal best in the 5k of 13:11.80 at the KBC Night of Athletics in Heusden, Netherlands on July 13, 2013. On May 4, 2014, Mead again lowered his personal best at the 5k distance, to 13:02.80 at the Payton Jordan Invitational, in Palo Alto, California. This performance put him #10 on the USA all-time list for the 5k distance.

Personal bests[edit]

Surface Event Time Date Event
Outdoor track 1500 m 3:38.72 May, 15 2014 Oxy High Performance
3000 m 7:46.18 June 17, 2013 Morton Games
5000 m 13:02.80 May 4, 2014 Payton Jordan
10,000 m 27:59.04 June 22, 2012 US Olympic Trials
Indoor track Mile 4:07.35 January 28, 2012 Bill Bergen
3000 m 7:44.88 February 8, 2014 New Balance Grand Prix
5000 m 13:33.42 February 10, 2012 Husky Classic

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