A native of Richfield, Minn., Obsa Ali finished the 10-kilometer race at the ISU Cross Country Course in 29:23.06, besting Plasencia’s 29:26.0 from the 1976 NCAA Championships.
The Gophers totaled 142 points in the men’s eight-kilometer competition, which was hosted by Indiana at the IU Championship Cross Country Course.
The University of Minnesota men's cross country program returned to action with a 12th-place finish at the Wisconsin Nuttycombe Invitational.
Competing at Les Bolstad Golf Course, Charlie Lawrence, Obsa Ali and Derek Wiebke were among the top-25 while Minnesota totaled 135 points in fourth place.
The women's six-kilometer race opens the competition at 6:30 p.m. CT with the men's four-mile race scheduled for 7:00 p.m. CT.
• Second Team All-Big Ten (2016)
• Two-Time NCAA All-Region (2015, 2016)
• Two-Time Team Captain (2016, 2017)
• Three-time Letter Winner (2014, 2015, 2016)
2016 | REDSHIRT JUNIOR SEASON
Team captain • Second Team All-Big Ten • NCAA All-Region honoree • competed in five meets with two top-10 performances while factoring into the team score in all five meets • finished eighth at the four-mile Oz Memorial (20:19.7) • came in 81st at the eight-kilometer Roy Griak Invitational (26:20.1) • added a 79th-place showing at the eight-kilometer Wisconsin Nuttycombe Invitational (24:52.5) • led the Gophers with a ninth-place finish at the eight-kilometer Big Ten championships (24:54.9) • closed out the season with an 18th-place performance at the 10-kilometer NCAA Midwest Regional (30:45.5) • earned third letter • Academic All-Big Ten.
2015 | REDSHIRT SOPHOMORE SEASON
NCAA All-Region honoree • competed in six races for the Gophers, factoring into the team score in all six meets • opened the season with a new six-kilometer personal record of 19:06.2 at the Oz Memorial • also matched his best career finish with a fifth-place showing at the meet • finished 25th at the Griak Invitational, clocking a 25:38.0 • cross the Pre-National Meet finish line at 24:16.1 to finish 91st • matched his eight-kilometer personal record of 24:15.5 to finish 32nd at the Big Ten meet • earned NCAA All-Region honors with a 19th-place finish at the NCAA Midwest Regional, owning a time of 30:25.6 as the Gophers finished second to return to the NCAA championships for the first time since 2011 • came in 103rd at the national championships with a time of 30:59.9 • earned second letter.
2014 | REDSHIRT FRESHMAN SEASON
Competed in five meets for the Gophers • factored into the team's scoring for two meets and helped pick up one team title • set a new personal eight-kilometer record of 24:15.5 at the UC Riverside Invitational to open the season • finished fifth to help the Gophers land the team title at the meet • finished 46th in the Griak Invitational with a time of 25:51.1 • placed 181st with a time of 25:15 at the Wisconsin adidas Invitational • placed 65th at the Big Ten Championship with a time of 25:06.08 • finished 95th at the NCAA Midwest Regional with a time of 31:35.8 • earned first letter.
2013 | FRESHMAN SEASON
Redshirted the 2013 cross country season • ran as an unattached competitor at the Oz Memorial and the Griak Invitational • finished 11th at the Oz Memorial with a time of 19:48.1 • clocked a 25:50.9 at the Griak Invitational, coming in 111th.
A 2013 graduate of Foley High School • three-time all-state honoree • two-time Minnesota Class A 3,200 meter state champion (2012, 2013) • helped Foley High School to the 2013 Minnesota Class A State Track & Field Championship as a senior • posted a pair of top-five performances at the state cross country meet in his prep career, finishing third as a junior in 2011 and second as a senior in 2012 • two-time conference and section cross country champion (2011, 2012) • his mother, Mona Bommersbach, was his high school cross country coach while he also ran for track & field coach David Dahlstrom.
Born March 24, 1995 • son of Tom Lawrence and Mona Bommersbach • father played football at Minnesota Duluth, earning All-America honors before signing with the Minnesota Vikings • double majoring in sport management and business and marketing education.
|Lawrence's Career Bests|
|6K||19:06.2||Oz Memorial (Sept. 11, 2015)|
|8K||24:15.5||UC Riverside Invitational (Sept. 14, 2014)
Big Ten Championship (Nov. 1, 2015)
|10K||30:25.6||NCAA Midwest Regional (Nov. 13, 2015)|
|Finish||5th||UC Riverside Invitational (Sept. 14, 2014)
Oz Memorial (Sept. 11, 2015)
IU Open (Sept. 2, 2017)
Four Gophers Earn Academic All-America Nods
6/21/2018 - M. Cross Country
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. Cross Country
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.
Six Gophers Earn Academic All-District Nods
5/29/2018 - M. Cross Country
Representing the Maroon & Gold are Temi Ogunrinde, Kiley Sabin, Lindsey Smits, Madeline Strandemo, Derek Wiebke and Alec Basten.