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Abdi to run for Somalia

The Lowell Sun
Thursday, July 11, 2013

Omar Abdi of Roxbury will represent his native Somalia in two events at the 2013 IAAF World Track & Field Championship, Aug. 10-18 in Moscow.

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.





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