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.
Behind top-10 performances from Charlie Lawrence, Evan Ferlic and Connor Olson, the Maroon & Gold totaled 50 points in the eight-kilometer race.
The women's six-kilometer race is slated for 11 a.m. CT with the men's 10-kilometer competition following at noon.
Ali continues a dominant history at the meet by the Maroon & Gold that dates back to David Van Orsdel’s win in 2006.
2016 | FRESHMAN SEASON
Redshirted • opened the year with a 23rd-place showing at the four-mile Oz Memorial (20:59.0) • finished 234th at the eight-kilometer Roy Griak Invitational (28:15.4) • closed out the college season with a runner-up finish at the eight-kilometer Fall Finale (25:49) • also finished second at the 2016 Twin Cities 5K (14:57).
A 2016 graduate of Hopkins High School • a five-time all-state honoree (twice in cross country, three times in track) and a four-time all-conference honoree (twice in cross country, twice in track) • served as captain of the cross country and track & field programs • 10-time letter winner at Hopkins (five in track, five in cross country) • high school teammates with fellow Gopher Hunter Staack • coached as a prep by Andrea Yesnes, Nick Lovas and Mike Harris • earned Academic Achievement honors all four years of high school and was Hopkins' 2016 Triple A Award winner.
Born Feb. 7, 1998 • native of Golden Valley, Minn. • son of Carson and Joelle Hoeft • one brother, Eli • father ran cross country and track for Minnesota and was an All-American in the 1,500 meters in 1990 • his most memorable sports experience were winning a state basketball title in seventh grade and competing at Nike Nationals • also enjoys fishing, hiking, biking, frisbee golf, beach volleyball and basketball.
|Hoeft's Career Bests|
|8K||25:49 (UA)||Fall Finale (Nov. 4, 2016)|
|Finish||2nd (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.