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

Ali Breaks School 10K Record at NCAA Regional

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

'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

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.

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