Obsa Ali
Obsa  Ali


Richfield, Minn.

High School:


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.


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.


Ali, Lawrence Repeat All-Region Honors

The Maroon & Gold combined for 205 points at Friday’s 10-kilometer race in Iowa City, Iowa.


Gopher Men Host Griak

Minnesota Men Cross Country


Obsa Ali Photo Gallery

Obsa Ali Photo Gallery


• Second Team All-Big Ten (2015)
• Two-time NCAA All-Region Honors (2015, 2016)
• Three-time letter winner (2014, 2015, 2016)

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. 

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.


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)


Lucas Adds to Resume in El Salvador

Lucas Adds to Resume in El Salvador

2/22/2018 - M. Cross Country

Gopher freshman Hunter Lucas finished 22nd at the 2018 NACAC Cross Country Championships in La Libertad, El Salvador.

Lucas Reps 'U' in El Salvador

Lucas Reps 'U' in El Salvador

2/18/2018 - M. Cross Country

A native of Fargo, N.D., Lucas finished 22nd on Saturday, covering the course in 27:08.0.

'U' Programs Earn USTFCCCA Academic Honors

'U' Programs Earn USTFCCCA Academic Honors

2/9/2018 - M. Cross Country

Both programs were among the best in the Big Ten with the women pacing the conference and the men ranking second.

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