Hamza Ali
Hamza  Ali

Class:
RS Freshman

Hometown:
Minneapolis, Minn.

High School:
Washburn


11/10/2017

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.

10/29/2017

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.

10/13/2017

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.

10/11/2017

Ski-U-Mah Life: Hamza Ali

The cross country runner, who has been making baked goods since age 10, likes to relax in the kitchen.

09/23/2017

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.

09/23/2017

Gopher Men Host Griak

Minnesota Men Cross Country

PRONUNCIATION:



2016 | FRESHMAN SEASON
Redshirted • represented the Maroon & Gold at the 2017 IAAF World Cross Country Championships in Uganda, finishing 52nd overall in the men's under-20 race (26:14) • finished third at the 2017 USATF Cross Country Championships in the men's junior eight-kilometer race (26:14.5) • set a Gophers record to win the 2016 Twin Cities 5K (14:47) •  ran in three additional meets as an unattached competitor • won the eight-kilometer Fall Finale (25:31) to give Minnesota its 10th-straight individual champion at the race • finished 19th at the four-mile Oz Memorial (20:48.1) and 125th at the eight-kilometer Roy Griak Invitational (26:48.8). 

HIGH SCHOOL
A 2016 graduate of Minneapolis Washburn High School • a two-time all-state honoree, a 13-time all-conference and all-city selection • a three-time Minneapolis City Conference champion (won back-to-back 1,600-meter titles in 2015 and 2016, also won the 3,200-meter title in 2016) • helped the school to back-to-back state cross country titles in 2015 and 2016 as well as four-straight state track & field titles from 2013-16 • owns the Minneapolis Washburn High School record in both the 1,600 meters (4:13.48) and the 3,200 meters (9:13.43) • earned a total of 11 letters (five in track, four in cross country, two in wrestling) • competed for coaches Curtis Johnson, Chris Lundstrom, Kenan Moore, Mike Anderson, Austin Miller and Kacie Larson • earned the All City Academic Athletic Award and was a member of the honor roll • honored with the Superintendent Coin of Excellence.

PERSONAL
Born March 15, 1998 • native of Minneapolis, Minn. • has eight siblings • lists his most memorable sports experience as winning the Minneapolis Park Board Recreational U-18 basketball title • also enjoys baking, reading and playing video games • plans to study pre-neuroscience.

Ali's Career Bests
8K 25:31 (UA) Fall Finale (Nov. 4, 2016)
Finish 1st (UA) Fall Finale (Nov. 4, 2016)

MORE HEADLINES

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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