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 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.
The Maroon & Gold combined for 205 points at Friday’s 10-kilometer race in Iowa City, Iowa.
• Second Team All-Big Ten (2015)
• Two-time NCAA All-Region Honors (2015, 2016)
• Three-time letter winner (2014, 2015, 2016)
2016 | JUNIOR SEASON
NCAA All-Region honoree • competed in four races for the Gophers • led Minnesota with a 14th-place showing at the 10-kilometer NCAA Midwest Regional (30:42.1) • came in sixth at the eight-kilometer Roy Griak Invitational (25:16.5) • added a team-best 48th-place finish at the Wisconsin NuttyCombe Invitational (24:35.5) • finished 72nd in the eight-kilometer Big Ten championship race (26:12.1) • earned third letter.
2015 | SOPHOMORE SEASON
Second Team All-Big Ten • NCAA All-Region honoree • competed in six meets for the Gophers • led the team in three races and factored into the program's scoring in all six races • opened the season with a fourth-place finish at the Oz Memorial, leading the Maroon & Gold with a 19:04.4 • paced Minnesota with a 15th-place finish at the Griak Invitational, clocking a 25:20.5 • finished 163rd at the Pre-National Meet with a time of 24:42.4 • placed 14th at the Big Ten meet, crossing the finish line at 23:54.1 for a new personal record for an eight-kilometer course • came in 14th at the NCAA Midwest Regional with a time of 30:21.6 as the Gophers finished second and returned to the NCAA championships for the first time since 2011 • led the Maroon & Gold at the national championship meet, placing 91st with a time of 30:53.5 • earned second letter.
2014 | FRESHMAN SEASON
Competed in five meets for the Gophers • factored into the team's score in four meets • made his collegiate debut at the UC Riverside Invitational and helped the Maroon & Gold to a team title • finished 25th at the event with a time of 24:54.2 • finished 34th at the Griak Invitational with a time of 25:42.0 • finished 145th overall (141st among scorers) with a time of 24:57 at the Wisconsin adidas Invitational • placed 26th at the Big Ten Championship with a time of 24:15.5, a then personal best • finished 39th at the 2014 NCAA Midwest Regional with a time of 30:52.9 • earned first letter.
A 2014 graduate of Richfield High School • a two-time Nike All-American in cross country • ended his prep career with seven total medals in state cross country and track & field competition • won the 2014 Minnesota State AA cross country title as a senior with a time of 15:15 after finishing second at the meet as a junior • also won the 2014 state 3,200 meter title with a new all-time record of 8:57 as a junior in track • was a two-time all-state honorary in cross country and a three-time all-state honorary in track & field • earned a total of nine all-conference accolades as a prep (four in track & field, two in cross country, two in wrestling and one in soccer) • holds Richfiled High School records for the 5,000 meters (14:57) and the 3,200 meters (8:57) • a two-time high school individual champion at the Roy Griak Invitational.
Born Feb. 17, 1996 • son of Hadia Borou • has two brothers • major is undecided.
|Ali's Career Bests|
|10K||30:21.6||NCAA Midwest Regional (Nov. 21, 2015)|
|8K||23:54.1||Big Ten Championships (Nov. 1, 2015)|
|6K||19:04.4||Oz Memorial (Sept. 11, 2015)|
|Finish||4th||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.