Pictures and article courtesy Bernie Puchalski at the St. Catharines Standard:
Making history wasn’t enough for Mohammed Ahmed.
By winning a bronze medal in the 10,000-metre race and placing fifth in the 5,000 metres at the NCAA track and field championships in Eugene, Ore., the St. Catharines distance runner became only the second University of Wisconsin runner to garner First Team All-America honours in the two events at the same NCAA championships.
The results capped a great career for the Wisconsin male athlete of the year candidate. The St. Catharines Collegiate alumnus earned eight All-America honours during his five years — five on the track and three in cross country. The Big Ten record holder in the 10,000 metres helped Wisconsin win four Big Ten cross-country crowns, three Big Ten track titles and the 2011 NCAA cross-country championship.
All that is well and good for the 2012 Olympian and ninth-place finisher at the 2013 world championships, but he leaves university without achieving his goal. More…
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It was a beautiful day, ideal for spring cleaning. With the sun shining so brightly, the results were immediately visible, which seemed to feed everyone’s enthusiasm for working harder to get it all done. The results are superb.
Don’t look back. Don’t look down. Don’t look to the side.
Look forward. Concentrate.
Don’t worry about opponents or compare yourself to others.
Play your game. Run your race. Do your thing.
If we work on our own potential, never worrying about how we compare to others or what others think, always looking ahead to how we can grow and improve, then chances are good that we will succeed.
If we spend precious time and energy always looking over our shoulders at the fellow competitor who is about to pass us, or feeling self-conscious about how we stack up in the competition, chances are greater we that we will not reach our athletic potential.
Participation in sports is about developing our own skills, setting our own goals, and working at our own pace.
It shouldn’t matter how well, or how poorly, another athlete is performing. Ultimately it’s up to us to do our best. Any energy we spend being distracted, worried, self-conscious, or overly concerned is energy that is not being used to train, be focused, and push the limits of our potential and ability.
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