A native of Apple Valley, Minn., Charles ran 6.68 to win the ISU Classic – the performance ranks tied for second all-time at Minnesota (only Ibrahim Kabia has run faster) and is currently the top time in the Big Ten this year.
Obsa Ali ran the second fastest 5,000 meters in school history and the second fastest mark in the Big Ten this season.
A native of Apple Valley, Minn., Charles clocked a 6.68 to lead all competitors in the prelims and then repeated both the performance and time to take the event title in the finals.
All-American alum Sean Donnelly set a new University of Minnesota Fieldhouse record in the weight throw.
The Maroon & Gold outscored the Badgers 87-74 at the meet as Minnesota has now swept the Border Battle every year since the event returned in 2015.
Big Ten Indoor Championships
2016 Big Ten Outdoor Track & Field Championship (Day Two)
2016 Big Ten Outdoor Track & Field Championships (Day Three)
2016 Drake Relays (Day Two)
2015 Golden Bear Twilight
2016 | REDSHIRT SOPHOMORE SEASON
Indoor: Won the triple jump at the Border Battle Duel with Wisconsin with a mark of 14.70 meters (48-02.75 ft.). Outdoor: Led the Maroon and Gold to victory in the 4x100 relay at the Sun Angel Classic with a time of 40.29. • Won the 100 meter dash at the Tom Cat Twilight with a time of 10.50 seconds. • Finished sixth in the triple jump at the Big Ten Championships with a mark of 15 meters.
2015 | REDSHIRT FRESHMAN SEASON
Indoor: In the triple jump event, won the Northwest Open and the Wisconsin Duel. • Finished fifth in the Jack Johnson Classic in the 60 meter dash. Outdoor: Claimed wins in the triple jump at the Tom Cat Twilight, in the 100 meter dash at the Golden Bear Twilight, and in the 4x100 meter relay at the UW La Crosse Eagle Invitational.
2014 | REDSHIRT SEASON
Indoor: At the 2014 Northwest Open finished second in the triple jump unattached with a jump of 14.47 meters (46-05.25) • at the 2014 Jack Johnson Classic competed in the 60 meter dash unattached and finished 29th with a time of 7.22 seconds and in the triple jump finished second with a jump of 14.17 meters (46-06.00) • at the same meet placed 18th in the 200 meter dash with a time of 23.06 seconds while competing unattached • placed 5th in the 60 meter dash at the 2014 Snowshoe Open with a time of 7.11 seconds and won the triple jump with a mark of 14.49 meters (47-06.50) unattached. Outdoor: At the 2014 Baldy Castillo Invitational, won the triple jump with a mark of 15.60 meters (51-02.25) • placed 6th in the Stanford Invitational long jump with a 14.22 meters (46-08.00) • won the triple jump at the Tom Cat Twilight.
Kinesiology Major. • Hometown: Lakeville, High School: Apple Valley. • Son of Ruth and Winston Charles. • Has a sister, Megan. • Favorite sports memory is running the 4x100 at the Drake Relays. • All-State twice in track and once in soccer.
Ali, Plasencia Rep `U' At World XC
Ali finished 52nd overall in the men's U20 race, clocking a time of 26:14 for the eight-kilometer race at the Kololo Independence Grounds.
Plasencia, Ali Set for World XC Championships
Plasencia and Ali are the latest runners with ties to the University of Minnesota to represent the United States in the last year.
Lockard Leads Gophers in Outdoor Opener
The University of Minnesota men’s track & field program kicked off the outdoor season with nine top-10 finishes at the Baldy Castillo Invitational.