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Distance squad heads to Stanford for relays

For the second meet of the season, nine distance athletes will be headed to Palo Alto, Calif. for the Stanford Relays.

The meet will allow the distance squad to open up on a full 400-meter track after having been cramped on the 300m indoor tracks.

“”It’s our first high-level competition for the outdoor races,”” said distance coach James Li.

Redshirt sophomore Abdi Hassan will be a chance for him to compete in his most decorated event: the 1500-meter run.

Hassan set the record twice for the 1500m during his first year and finished fifth in the Pacific 10 Conference Championships.

Since his runners now have a full-sized track on which to compete, Li is spreading his team across many events.

“”They get to run something that they weren’t able to run during the indoor season, like the steeplechase and the 1500-meter,”” he said. “”We haven’t ran the 1500-meter race since last June.””

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