Steven Hassen enters his second season as a cross country volunteer assistant. Hassen ran for the Gators from 2003 to 2008, racking up records and awards along the way.
Hassen finished his cross country career with five top-10 finishes, including one career victory. He ranks sixth and seventh respectively in the Florida record books for his 8K and 10K times on the UF Golf Course. He was Florida’s top finisher at the 2006 NCAA South Regional Championships and was named All-Southeastern Conference the same year. His 5,000m time also ranks fifth in the indoor track record books.
Hassen also earned All-South Regional three straight seasons (2005-2007) and was on the SEC Academic Honor Roll every year he was a member of the Florida Gators. In 2006 and 2007, he also earned the United States Track and Field/Cross Country Coaches Association’s (USTFCCCA) All-Academic Award.
In 2007, Hassen was the third Gator to cross the finish line at the NCAA South Regional Championship, helping to lead the team to a third-place finish. He was the first Gator to finish at the 2006 SEC Championship, the NCAA South Regional and the NCAA Championship, as Florida took second, third and 22nd, respectively. Hassen earned eighth-place finishes at the SEC and Regional Championships, scoring for the Gators and garnering individual honors. In 2005, he scored in six of the seven races for the Gators. He returned from a redshirt 2004 season to finish second at the first race of the season and kept up his consistency, never less than the fourth Gator to finish. His first collegiate victory came as a freshman, winning the Gator Invitational in 2003. He went on to place as one of the top five Florida runners in every meet that season, including the South Regionals where he finished 27th and Gators placed third.
Hassen’s track highlights include two second-place finishes in the 2008 season, at the Tom Jones Memorial Invitational and the Pepsi Florida Relays. He also ran a career-best outdoor 5,000m time at the Florida State Relays. In 2007, he collected another second-place victory at the Florida State Relays. Hassen also ran the anchor leg of the winning 4x1,600m relay team at the Pepsi Florida Relays. He scored at the 2006 SEC Indoor Championships with a seventh-place finish in the 5,000m and an NCAA-provisional qualifying time of 14:13.67, a career-best.Hassen graduated from Florida in 2008 with a bachelor’s degree in history and then completed his master’s the following year. He currently works and resides in Gainesville.