Southern Utah University, nestled in Cedar City, has become somewhat of a running hotbed for Canadian distance runners in recent years.
Put on the map by Canadian 10,000m record holder Cam Levins, Ibrahim Ahmed is rounding into form and set a new 10,000m personal best at the Mt. SAC Relays in Walnut, Calif. on Thursday evening. Ahmed ran 29:52.66.
Ibrahim is the younger brother of Canadian 5,000m record holder Mo Ahmed, one of Canada’s top young distance talents. Mo, 25, lives in Portland, Ore. and trains with the Bowerman Track Club. He’s featured in Canadian Running‘s May/June issue, available now.
Ahmed won his section on Thursday evening, the fourth (in terms of seed times) of four heats. There were A (split into two races), B and C heats of the men’s 10,000m.
Men 10,000m Run Open B, C, Open
1. Ibrahim Ahmed Southern Utah 29:52.66
2. Nicolas Montanez BYU 29:56.45
3. Danny Martinez Portland 30:02.22
In addition to Levins and Ahmed, Antigonish, N.S. native Mike Tate (click for bio) also attends Southern Utah University adding to the list of Canadians who currently attend or have attended the small-town school. He’s run 4:00.07 for the one-mile.
A number of other Canadians were in action in the distance events during Thursday’s evening session at the Mt. SAC Relays (short for Mt. San Antonio College). It’s a four-day event and attracts some of the world’s top athletes.
In the men’s elite section, Ben Flanagan of the University of Michigan and Speed River’s Barry Britt ran 29:13.72 and 29:21.99, respectively. Athletes were divided into four sections to limit the size of the field and group similar-quality athletes together.
Kevin Tree won the second section of the elite race in 29:20.49 representing Lakehead University out of Thunder Bay, Ont. He represented Canada at the FISU world university cross-country championships in March.
Frederique LaTraverse, a student at the University of San Francisco, ran 34:59.57 in the second-fastest section of the women’s 10,000m. She used to attend the University of Laval before heading out to California.
Live coverage of the meet is available via Flotrack.