PRs: 1500 3:35.94 (2006); Mile: 3:57.04i (2005)
Born: 1982 in Somalia
Current Residence: Baltimore, Maryland
High School: Boston English (Jamaica Plain, Mass.) HS ‘01
College: Arkansas ‘05
Coach: John McDonnell
Agent: Mark Pryor
Career Highlights: Two-time NCAA 1,500m finalist; 2004 Olympic Trials finalist
Considered one of the nation’s rising middle distance prospects, Ahmen is a four-time All-American, three-time SEC champion and a four-time All-SEC selection while at the University of Arkansas, Said Ahmed has come a long way from his birthplace in Somalia. In 2006, Ahmed found his rhythm in the 1,500 meters/mile, ending the season ranked #4 in the U.S. by Track & Field News. The highlight of his season was a new 1,500m personal best of 3:35.94 set in Stockholm on July 25.
2007:6th at USA Outdoor Championships 1500m (3:40.80)…9th at Nike Prefontaine Classic in Bowerman Mile (3:58.46)…6th at adidas Track Classic (3:39.0)…ranked #6 in U.S. by T&FN…best of 3:39.0.
2006: 15th in prelims at USA Outdoors (3:46.0)…2nd in round 1 at Stockholm (3:35.94)…9th in mile at Reebok Grand Prix (3:58.42)…ranked #4 in U.S. by T&FN…bests of 3:35.94, 3:58.42.
2005: 6th at NCAA Indoors (4:03.32)…Bests of 3:43.54, 3:57.04i
2004: 8th at Olympic Trials (3:42.77)…5th at NCAA Outdoors (3:45.66)…2nd at SEC Champs …ranked #7 in U.S. by T&FN…bests of 3:37.49, 3:57.43.
2003: 5th at NCAA Outdoors (3:42.83)…runner-up at SEC Champs…bests of 1:48.05, 3:42.26.
2002: Bests of 3:44.68, 4:04.34i, 1:49.83.
2001: Runner-up at Golden West Invitational…5th at National Scholastic Champs…bests of 1:50.46, 4:13.73.
2000: Bests of 1:50.51, 3:54.93, 4:14.80i