It’s not very often the College of Business has an opportunity to watch their alumni compete in the Olympic Games. Hillary
Bor (’10 BS accounting and finance; ’12 M.Acc.) and Mohamed Hrezi (’14 BS accounting), made their Olympic debut at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Bor placed seventh in the Men’s 3,000-meter steeplechase finals in Rio with 8:22.74 as a new personal best, beating, by a second-and-a-half, the 8:24.10 he ran at the U.S. Olympic Track and Field Trials in July 2016. Prior to the Olympic Trials, Bor had never run better than 8:30 in his career.
Hrezi, representing Libya, was the country’s flag bearer at the Parade of Nations during the Olympic opening ceremony and was one of seven Libyan team members. He competed in the Men’s Marathon event and finished 77th with a race time of 2:21.17, going up against some of the best runners in the world.
Prior to the Olympics, both men had been training after successful running and academic careers at Iowa State University. Bor trained as part of the U.S. Army World Class Athlete Program (WCAP) in Fort Collins, Colorado. This year, he finished eighth at the USA Cross Country Championships. Hrezi, a 2013 cross country All-American, trained for the Olympics with the “Hanson’s/Brooks Distance Project,” a partnership with Brooks Running Inc., in Rochester, Michigan. During training, he typically ran twice per day and nearly 130 miles per week.
A native of Eldoret, Kenya, Bor came to America in 2007 to attend Iowa State University, where he was a four-time All-American and two-time Big 12 Conference champion in the 3,000-meter steeplechase. He won the Big 12 indoor mile title in 2009. Bor succeeded in the classroom as well, being named a CoSIDA Academic All-American twice. After graduating from Iowa State, he enlisted in the Army in 2013 and currently serves as a sergeant. Hillary is one of three Bor brothers in the Army. He led the Soldiers to victory in the 2016 Armed Forces Cross Country Championships against Air Force, Navy, and Marine Corps. Sergeant Bor currently works as a financial management technician, stationed in Fort Carson, Colorado.
Although Hrezi was born in Connecticut, he is a dual-citizen of both countries after his parents immigrated to the United States from Libya. He developed a passion for running while in school, where the only sport was cross country. Hrezi graduated from Iowa State after earning his First Team Academic All-American honors twice. Currently living in Rochester Hills, Michigan, he’s in the full-time MBA program at the Eli Broad College of Business at Michigan State.