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 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.
Behind top-10 performances from Charlie Lawrence, Evan Ferlic and Connor Olson, the Maroon & Gold totaled 50 points in the eight-kilometer race.
The Maroon & Gold combined for 205 points at Friday’s 10-kilometer race in Iowa City, Iowa.
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• Academic All-Big Ten (2016)
• Letter Winner (2016)
2016| REDSHIRT FRESHMAN SEASON
Competed in five races • opened the year with a 21st-place showing at the four-mile Oz Memorial (20:51.7) • improved his eight-kilometer personal record in three-straight meets -- finishing 88th at the Roy Griak Invitational (26:25.1), 168th at the Wisconsin Nuttycombe Invitational (25:49.0) and 46th at the Big Ten championships (25:38.3) • made his NCAA debut with a 61st-place finish at the 10-kilometer NCAA Midwest Regional (31:33.7) • Academic All-Big Ten • earned first letter.
2015 | FRESHMAN SEASON
Redshirted the 2015 cross country season while competing in two races as an unattached competitor • opened the season at the Oz Memorial with a 15th-place finish and a time of 19:40.6 • finished 167th at the Griak Invitational, clocking a 27:49.4.
Graduated from Chaska High School in 2015 • six-time all-state honoree (three cross country, three track) • eight-time all-conference honoree (three cross country, three track, two Nordic skiing • finished second at the 2014 MSHSL Class 2A Cross Country Championships behind Gophers classmate Connor Olson • set four school records • earned a total of 12 letters as a prep (four cross country, five track, three Nordic skiing • competed for Nate Foss, Jesse Longly and Kyle Zygarlicke at Chaska High School • earned the AP Scholar Award and was an academic all-state honoree.
Born Sept. 2, 1996 • native of Chaska, Minn. • son of Sallie and Michael Duerr • has one sister, Anne • father ran track at Minnesota State (1981-95) • lists breaking nine minutes in the 3,200 meters and helping Chaska to its best-ever finish at the state cross country in 2014 as his most memorable sports experiences.
|Duerr's Career Bests|
|10K||31:33.7||NCAA Midwest Regional (Nov. 11, 2016)|
|8K||25:38.3||Big Ten Championships (Oct. 30, 2016)|
|6K||19:40.6 (UA)||Oz Memorial (Sept. 11, 2015)|
|Finish||15th (UA)||Oz Memorial (Sept. 11, 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.