Gophers' Obsa Ali Discusses Winning NCAA Steeplechase National Title

June 11, 2018 03:17 PM

Minnesota Gopher senior and Richfield-native Obsa Ali capped the 2018 NCAA track season in dramatic fashion Friday night, winning the 3,000 meter steeplechase at the 2018 NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships. He's the 14th Gopher men's track team member to win a national championship...

Click the video box on this page to see an extended interview Gopher track and field's national champion Obsa Ali

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The NCAA meet was at renowned Hayward Field on the campus of the University of Oregon.

Ali took the lead on the final lap and claimed the program's first steeplechase title breaking his own school record in the event with a time of 8:32.23

"I still can't believe it. I remember last year, I was watching this race from the stands. I was very disappointed, and (Coach Plasencia) actually made me come back to watch it. I knew I didn't want to have that feeling again this year," Ali said. "(This year), I just took it race by race, made the finals, and I won. I still can't believe...I still can't believe it."

Ali is the first Gopher men's track team member to win a national championship since Luca Wieland won the indoor heptathlon in 2015. He's the first to win an outdoor title since Adam Steele won the 400 in 2003.

 

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