It can be easy to forget that Hassan Mead of Minneapolis South only spent one cross country season as a Minnesota high school athlete, but that is only because it was one of the most memorable cross country seasons ever for a Minnesota runner. In one year, Mead went undefeated against Minnesota competition, dominated the Roy Griak Invitational, came from behind to win one of the closest State Championships ever (in which he also set a course record), and did not lose a race until coming in 4th at the Foot Locker Nationals, the highest finish for a Minnesota boy ever. Mead ended up going to the University of Minnesota and had one of the most successful collegiate careers for a Gopher runner ever. He is currently one of the top distance runners in the United States, qualifying at both the 2015 and 2017 World Championships and the 2016 Olympic Games, and winning the 2017 US Championship in the 10,000m.
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