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hassan abdi - special achievement award winner 2015


Hassan Abdi - Palo Duro & South Plains College Cross Country

Why Honored: Abdi was part of the South Plains College men's Half Marathon team that has won back to back NHJCAA Half Marathon National Championships. Abdi earned All-American honors after he finished first overall in the men's division with a final time of 1:04:55.67, eight seconds ahead of second place. The sophomore runner also finished fifth at the NJCAA DI National Cross Country Championships with a time of 24:58.5, a little over one minute behind first place.

Quotable: "He's already broke the school record in the 3k. His career is rolling along. He's being recruited heavily by some Division I schools. He's a dedicated runner. He runs with a certain type of passion. He wants the team to win as well. He's trying to encourage them while working out. He's one of those kids you like to have around because he's a good leader for us."
- Frank Barker, South Plains College distance coach