AMES, Iowa – A year ago, Obsa Ali ran the second fastest 5,000 meters in school history at the Iowa State Classic.
On Friday, the All-American nearly repeated the feat – clocking a 13:59.73 to finish ninth overall at the Lied Recreation Athletic Center as the University of Minnesota men’s track & field program began competition this weekend at the Iowa State Classic. Ali was just over two seconds off his personal record of 13:57.43 in the 5,000 meters.
The distance events were highlights for Minnesota in the opening day of competition as Evan Ferlic added a personal record of 8:09.89 in the 3,000 meters, good enough to finish 13th and jump into 10th all-time on Minnesota’s top performers list. Hamza Ali finished 21st at 8:16.33.
Meanwhile, Minnesota had a heavy influence in the long jump led by Mason Roomes runner-up showing at 7.09 meters (23-03.25 ft.). Sammie Houston came in fourth at 6.99 meters (22-11.25 ft.) while Jonathan Johnson was seventh at 6.79 meters (22-03.50 ft.) and John Uchytil finished 10th at 6.02 meters (19-09.00 ft.).
Uchytil and Teddy Frid were also part of a four-way tie for fourth in the pole vault at 4.77 meters (15-07.75 ft.).Frid added a fifth-place finish in the 60-meter hurdle finals at 8.09 while Eric Walker finished eighth at 8.19.
The Gophers conclude the Iowa State Classic on Saturday.
`U' to Compete in 10 Events at Prelims
5/17/2018 - M. Track & Field
Outdoor All-Americans Obsa Ali and Jackson Wellenstein lead the Maroon & Gold into competition with the action slated to run May 24-26 at Sacramento State's Hornet Stadium.
Gophers Finish Seventh at B1G Meet
5/13/2018 - M. Track & Field
Minnesota returns to action with the 2018 NCAA West Preliminary, May 24-26, in Sacramento, Calif.
Ali Claims B1G Steeplechase Crown
5/12/2018 - M. Track & Field
Behind Ali's 10 points as 3,000 meter steeplechase champion, the Gophers recorded 25 points to jump up to sixth in the team standings ahead of the final day of competition.