The Lowell SunOmar Abdi of Roxbury will represent his native
Somalia in two events at the 2013 IAAF World Track & Field
Championship, Aug. 10-18 in Moscow.
Thursday, July 11, 2013
Abdi, who will compete for UMass Lowell as a fifth-year senior,
will compete in the 1,500 meters and the 800 meters. He is the third
UMass Lowell distance runner to qualify for a world class competition in
four years, joining Ruben Sanca (2010), who ran the 5,000 meters at
the London 2012 Olympic Games; and Nate Jenkins (2004), who competed in
the marathon at the 2009 IAAF Championship in Berlin.
The IAAF 800 meters heats are slated for Saturday, Aug. 10. The 1,500-meter trials are scheduled for Wednesday, Aug. 14.
Michael Pino of Tewksbury, a sophomore at Lasell College,
represented the United States at the HEADstrong Foundation Lowlands
Lacrosse Games in Amsterdam recently.
Pino, a Central Catholic grad (2011), joined players from six
other states representing 20 colleges and universities. The mission of
the trip was to increase blood cancer awareness. Pino is the son of
Arthur and Sharon Pino of Tewksbury.