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Mohammed Ahmed's outstanding rookie season for the Wisconsin men's track and field team continued Thursday, as the freshman raced his way to an impressive fourth-place finish in the 10,000 meters at the 2010 NCAA Outdoor Championships.
There was no catching champion Sam Chelanga of Liberty, but Ahmed dueled some experienced competition all the way to the finish and, in the process, lowered his own Canadian national junior record to 28:57.44.
Running like a veteran, Ahmed rode out the early stages of the race in the middle of the pack, but moved steadily forward as attrition set in and competitors dropped off the pace.
He closed well, knocking off the final 800 meters in 2:07.47, including a spectacular final 400 meters that he covered in 1:00.81 -- the second-fastest final lap of any competitor.
Ahmed becomes the 16th Wisconsin athlete to earn All-America honors in the 10K and earned the program's 11th All-America honor in the event since 2000.