Nick Rink
Nick  Rink

RS Freshman

Appleton, Wis.

High School:


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.


`U' Finishes Second at IU Open

Behind top-10 performances from Charlie Lawrence, Evan Ferlic and Connor Olson, the Maroon & Gold totaled 50 points in the eight-kilometer race.


Rink Runs to NACAC Gold with USATF

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.


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)


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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