June 22, 2014
The Badgers enjoyed their share of success in 2013-14 and now UWBadgers.com is honoring the best student-athletes, teams and performances of the year. Over the next few weeks, we’ll unveil the best of the Badgers in five categories: Big Ten Medal of Honor (June 16), Athletes of the Year (June 17-21), Team Achievements of the Year (June 22-27), Games of the Year (June 28-July 5) and Freshmen of the Year (July 13-18).
Today we feature Male Athlete of the Year nominee Mohammed Ahmed of men’s track and field.
• 2013-14 In Review
MADISON, Wis. -- Wisconsin men’s track and field standout Mohammed Ahmed enjoyed a season to remember in 2014, with the senior playing an instrumental part in the Badgers’ indoor and outdoor conference crowns.
Ahmed won the 5000 meters at the Big Ten indoor championships in 13 minutes, 44.32 seconds and led a 1-2-3 Badgers finish in the race to propel UW to its second-straight indoor conference title.
During the outdoor campaign, Ahmed became only the fourth Badger to break the 13:30 mark in the 5000 meters, as the St. Catharines, Ontario, native crossed the line in 13:28.02 at the Payton Jordan Invitational.
Ahmed again played a huge role in the Badgers capturing the outdoor Big Ten title, as well.
He led almost the entire 10,000 meters until teammate Reed Connor surged past him in the final few meters, but Connor, Ahmed and junior Michael Van Voorhis finished 1-2-3 to help UW score 24 team points.
He then led a repeat of the Badgers’ 1-2-3 sweep of the indoor 5000 meters, winning the title in the outdoor 5000 ahead of Connor and freshman Malachy Schrobilgen to help Wisconsin sweep the indoor and outdoor track titles for the first time since 2007.
At the 2014 NCAA Outdoor Championships, Ahmed became only the second Badger to earn All-America honors in the 5000 and 10,000 at the same national meet, finishing third in the 10,000 and fifth in the 5000 meters.
Ahmed ended his Wisconsin career as one of the Badgers’ best all-time athletes. The senior earned eight All-America honors during his five years in Madison, with five honors on the track and three accolades on the cross country course. He also helped the Badgers win four Big Ten cross country crowns, three Big Ten track titles and the 2011 NCAA cross country championship.
The Big Ten record-holder in the 10,000 meters, Ahmed also won a pair of Canadian national titles, finished ninth at the 2013 IAAF World Championships and was 18th at the 2012 Olympic Games in the event outside of collegiate competition.