Gophers Finish Second at Oz Memorial
Obsa Ali
Sept. 11, 2015

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FALCON HEIGHTS, Minn. ( - Obsa Ali ran the fastest time ever recorded by a Gopher at the Oz Memorial on Friday night as the University of Minnesota men's cross country team finished second in its 2015 home opener at Les Bolstad Golf Course.

Minnesota recorded a pair of top-five finishes and three top-10 finishes on the night, totaling 39 points as a team behind team champion South Dakota State with 34 while Drake finished third with 58 points. Jackrabbits senior Trent Lusignan earned the individual medal with a time of 18:40.6.

"We had a fast race today, and I was happy to see our guys go out and compete," Minnesota Director of Men's Track & Field and Cross Country Steve Plasencia said. "Now we've had a chance to see where we are at as a team, and we'll start getting ready for the Griak Invitational later this month."

Ali, a sophomore from Richfield, Minn., clocked a 19:04.4 in his first collegiate six-kilometer race, just edging Pieter Gagnon's 19:04.58 from the 2009 Oz Memorial that stood as the school record. Ali also recorded a new career-best finish with his fourth-place showing.

Meanwhile, Charlie Lawrence matched his top career finish in his season debut, finishing one spot behind Ali in fifth, while besting his personal six-kilometer record by more than 40 seconds at 19:06.2.

A pack of three Gophers wasn't far behind Lawrence as all three also put up a new personal six-kilometer records. Christian Skaret led the group in 10th at 19:23.1 followed by Wayde Hall in 11th at 19:24.8 and Sam Carlson in 12th at 19:30.8. Derek Wiebke added a personal six-kilometer record of his own at 19:47.0 to finish 17th while Brad Woodford ran a 20:13.6 to come in 25th.

Minnesota's four newcomers competed unattached on Friday night in their collegiate debuts. Connor Olson finished seventh in 19:13.0, Joey Duerr came in 15th at 19:40.6, Shane Streich finished 18th in 19:48.3 and Evan Ferlic came across the line at 19:51.9 to finish 20th.

The Gophers return to action at Les Bolstad Golf Course on Saturday, Sept. 26 with the 30th annual Roy Griak Invitational.




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