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)
• Academic All-Big Ten (2016)
• Letter Winner (2016)
• 2015 Fall Finale (8K, unattached)
2016 | REDSHIRT FRESHMAN SEASON
Second Team All-Big Ten • competed in five meets, factoring into the team score four times • opened the year with a 10th-place finish at the four-mile Oz Memorial (20:22.2) • finished 134th at the eight-kilometer Roy Griak Invitational (26:54.7) • came in 103rd at the eight-kilometer Wisconsin Nuttycombe Invitational (25:02.9) • placed 14th at the eight-kilometer Big Ten Championships (24:59.1), earning Second Team All-Big Ten • made his NCAA debut with a 29th-place performance at the 10-kilometer NCAA Midwest Regional (30:58.0) • Academic All-Big Ten • earned first letter.
2015 | FRESHMAN SEASON
Redshirted the 2015 cross country season while running in three meets as an unattached competitor • opened the year with a seventh-place showing at the Oz Memorial, clocking a 19:13.0 • placed 81st at the Griak Invitational with a time of 26:29.1 • won the Fall Finale to close out the season and give Minnesota its fourth-straight individual title at the meet • paced the race at 24:59.
Graduated from Wayzata High School in 2015 • the 2013-14 and 2014-15 Gatorade Minnesota Cross Country Runner of the Year • a two-time high school All-American • helped Wayzata win back-to-back MSHSL Class 2A state cross country championships in his final two years as a prep • also claimed the 2014 individual state cross country title as a senior after finishing second as a junior and fifth as a sophomore • his senior performance at the state meet paced Wayzata to a school record 47 points • an eight-time all-state honoree (four cross country, four track) • six-time all-conference honoree (five cross country, one track) • won back-to-back Lake Conference cross country titles as a junior and as a senior • also posted four top-10 finishes at the state track & field meet • set two school records • ran for Bill Miles and Eric Jahn among others as a prep • previously competed at Maple Grove High School • earned a total of 12 letters (six cross country, six track) • closed out his prep cross country career by helping Wayzata to a runner-up finish at Nike Cross Nationals.
Born July 31, 1996 • native of Maple Grove, Minn. • son of Anthony and Sue Olson • has one brother, Tyler • mother and father both ran track and cross country at St. Cloud State • brother ran track and cross country at UW-Eau Claire • lists finishing second as a team at Nike Cross Nationals as his most memorable sports experience.
|Olson's Career Bests|
|10K||30:58.0||NCAA Midwest Regional (Nov. 11, 2016)|
|8K||24:59 (UA)||Fall Finale (Nov. 6, 2015)|
|6K||19:13.0 (UA)||Oz Memorial (Sept. 11, 2015)|
|Finish||1st (UA)||Fall Finale (Nov. 6, 2015)|
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.
'U' Heads to NCAA Midwest Regional
11/8/2017 - M. Cross Country
The Gophers return all five scorers from last year's Midwest Regional squad as the Maroon & Gold finished seventh with a total of 205 points.
Lucas Claims Fall Finale Title
11/3/2017 - M. Cross Country
Lucas’ title continues a stretch of success for the Maroon & Gold in Collegeville dating back to David Van Orsdel’s Fall Final title in 2006.