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)
B1G Recognizes 95 Gophers For Academics
12/6/2017 - M. Cross Country
Ninety-five University of Minnesota student-athletes have earned Academic All-Big Ten honors, announced Wednesday by the conference office.
'U' Prospect Khalid Hussein Earns All-America Nod
12/2/2017 - M. Cross Country
A native of Plymouth, Minn., Hussein signed his National Letter of Intent with the Gophers last month after winning the 2017 MSHSL Class AA Cross Country Championship.
Ali Breaks School 10K Record at NCAA Regional
11/10/2017 - M. Cross Country
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.