Abdi Abdirahman is a two time All- American in cross- country and a five- time All American in the 5,000 meters and 10,000 meters. He won back- to -back Pac-10 titles in the 5,000 meters in 1998 and 1999, and he also won the conference title in the 10,000 meters in 1998. In an event known for its long distances, Abdi took first place in cross- country and the Pac-10 Championships in 1998. To cap the cross- country season in 1998, Abdi was named Pac-10 Cross Country Athlete of the Year following his second- place finish at the NCAA Championships in Lawerence, Kansas. Abdi, a native of Somalia, became a United States citizen in Janurary 2000, making it possible for him to achieve an important goal- competeing for Team USA in the Olyhmpics. In addition to his accomplishments at The University of Arizona, Abdi earned the chance to compete for Team USA in the 2000 and 2004 Summer Olympic Games in the 10,000 meters. He was the highest finisher for the USA - in 10th place - at the Sydney Olympics in 2000 and in August 2004, Abdi finished 15th in Athens, Greece.