Connor Olson
Connor  Olson

RS Sophomore

Maple Grove, Minn.

High School:


Ali Breaks School 10K Record at NCAA Midwest Regional

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.


Ali Earns All-Big Ten Honors, Gophers Finish Sixth

The Gophers totaled 142 points in the men’s eight-kilometer competition, which was hosted by Indiana at the IU Championship Cross Country Course.


Ali Leads Gophers in Madison

The University of Minnesota men's cross country program returned to action with a 12th-place finish at the Wisconsin Nuttycombe Invitational.


Three Gophers Post Top-25 Marks at Griak

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.


Gophers Host Oz Memorial on Friday Night

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.


Roy Griak Invite

2016 Griak CC Race


Connor Olson Photo Gallery

Connor Olson Photo Gallery


• Second Team All-Big Ten (2016)
• Academic All-Big Ten (2016)
• Letter Winner (2016) 

• 2015 Fall Finale (8K, unattached)

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. 

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)


Gophers Prospect Honored by Star Tribune

Gophers Prospect Honored by Star Tribune

12/18/2017 - M. Cross Country

Khalid Hussein has been named the Star Tribune's first-ever Metro Boys' Cross Country Runner of the Year.

B1G Recognizes 95 Gophers For Academics

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

'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.

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