Competing at historic Hayward Field at the University of Oregon, Ali led the semifinal field with a time of 8:39.17 on Wednesday to advance to Friday's final at 7:54 p.m. CT.
Representing the Gophers will be Obsa Ali (3,000 meter steeplechase), Ryan Lockard (high jump) and Kieran McKeag (hammer throw).
A two-time All-American in the indoor high jump, Lockard punched his ticket to the NCAA championships with a fifth-place showing at Hornet Stadium on Saturday.
Ali punched his ticket to next month's NCAA championships in Oregon after leading the 3,000 meter steeplechase field with a time of 8:36.49 -- a mark that stands as the fastest time in the NCAA this season.
McKeag’s first throw of the day proved to be his best with a personal record of 63.97 meters (209-10 ft.).
2018 NCAA Outdoor Championships
CAREER NOTES & HONORS
• Honorable Mention All-American (2018)
• Academic All-Big Ten (2018)
2018 | REDSHIRT FRESHMAN SEASON
• Honorable Mention All-American, finishing 21st in the hammer throw in his NCAA debut at the 2018 NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships (62.45 meters, 204-10 ft.).
• Punched his ticket to the NCAA championships with a toss of 63.97 meters (209-10 ft.) at the 2018 NCAA West Preliminary -- a performance that ranks eighth all-time at Minnesota.
• His weight throw attempt of 20.40 meters (66-11.25 ft.) at the 2018 Big Ten indoor meet ranks eighth all-time at Minnesota.
• Added a win in the hammer throw at UCLA's Jim Bush Legends Invitational.
• Academic All-Big Ten
2017 | FRESHMAN SEASON
• Earned two event titles in the outdoor shot put while competing unattached at the Hamline Invite and the TomCat Twilgiht.
Four Gophers Earn Academic All-America Nods
6/21/2018 - M. Track & Field
Representing the Maroon & Gold are Second Team honorees Derek Wiebke and Madeline Strandemo and Third Team selections Temi Ogunrinde and Kiley Sabin.
Three 'U' Alums Set for USATF Championships
6/20/2018 - M. Track & Field
Representing the Maroon & Gold are Sean Donnelly in the hammer throw, Harun Abda in the 800 meters and Hassan Mead in the 1,500 meters.
Obsa Ali Captures NCAA Steeplechase Crown
6/8/2018 - M. Track & Field
Ali claimed the program's first national championship in the steeplechase by breaking his own school record at 8:32.23 on Friday night at Hayward Field.