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.
Behind top-10 performances from Charlie Lawrence, Evan Ferlic and Connor Olson, the Maroon & Gold totaled 50 points in the eight-kilometer race.
A native of Appleton, Wis., Rink covered the 6,500-meter course at South County Regional Park in 19:30.09 to finish eighth overall and fourth among U.S. competitors.
2016 | FRESHMAN SEASON
Redshirted • represented Minnesota on the U.S. Under-20 Men's Team and won a gold medal with the team at the 2017 NACAC Cross Country Championships • finished eighth at the 6,500-meter course (19:30.09) • competed at the 2017 USATF Cross Country Championships, finishing ninth in the men's junior eight-kilometer race (27:00.0) • ran in three college meets as an unattached competitor • opened the year by placing 24th at the four-mile Oz Memorial (20:59.5) • came in 106th at the eight-kilometer Roy Griak Invitational (26:39.2) • closed out the college season with a fourth-place showing at the eight-kilometer Fall Finale (26:05).
A 2016 graduate of Kimberly High School • led Kimberly to the school’s first WIAA state cross country championship as a senior in 2015 behind a third-place individual finish • also helped Kimberly capture the 2014 WIAA state track & field title as a sophomore • closed out his prep career with a state title in the 3,200 meter relay • a six-time all-state honoree (three in cross country, three in track) • a seven-time Fox Valley Association champion (three in cross country, two in the 1,600 meters, two in the 3,200 meters) • ran cross country for coach Mike Meling and competed in track for coach Steve Paske • an eight-time athletic letter winner (four in cross country, four in track) • four-time academic all-state award honoree in cross country • four-year honor roll student • the 2014 and 2015 Post-Crescent Media Boys Runner of the Year • competed as a prep alongside his twin brother, Derek • also participated in the cross country ski club, the downhill ski club and was a four-year letter winner with the band • holds high school records in the 1,600 meters (4:12.74), the 3,200 meters (9:28.91), the 3,200 meter relay, and is the school’s all-time top finisher at the state cross country meet (third).
Born July 17, 1998 • native of Appleton, Wis. • son of Edward and Sharon Rink • has one sister, Stephanie, and two brothers, Alexander and Derek • lists leading Kimberly to its first-ever cross country state title during his senior year as his most memorable sports thrill • also enjoys hanging out with friends • plans to study nursing.
|Rink's Career Bests|
|8K||25:46.2||IU Open (Sept. 2, 2017)|
|Finish||4th (UA)||Fall Finale (Nov. 4, 2016)|
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.