File: Last year, University of Wisconsin then-freshman Mohammed Ahmed sprints into the finish line at the NCAA Division 1 cross country championships at the Lavern Gibson Championship Cross Country Course in Seelyville, Ind. Ahmed was the Badgersâ€™ top finisher in 30th place, earning All-American status. Jason McMahon — The Capital Times
TERRE HAUTE, IND. â€” Sophomores Mohammed Ahmed, Maverick Darling and senior Landon Peacock led the Univeristy of Wisconsin menâ€™s cross country team to a third-place finish at Mondayâ€™s NCAA Cross Country Championships.
Ahmed finished in 12th place, crossing the line in 30:03.4, to earn All-American honors for the second-consecutive year.
Born in Somalia, Ahmed moved to St. Catharines, Ontario, eight years ago with his parents and three younger brothers. During high school, he started to make a name for himself in cross-country running and track by competing for Canada at national and international junior championship meets.
Wisconsin wasnâ€™t on his short list during the recruiting process. â€œComing from Canada, all I was thinking about was getting out of the cold,â€ Ahmed recalls. â€œBut when I looked at my running career long term and my development as an athlete, the coaching philosophy here and the strong tradition, Wisconsin fit perfectly.â€
Ahmed also competes in the 3,000 meters (indoors), 5,000 meters, and on the Badger cross-country team.