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Strong showings for Gophers runners this weekend

Freshman Hamza Ali and graduate student Carlin Schulz pushed forward at the Fall Finale and Rocky’s Run this weekend.
Graduate student Carli Schulz runs at Rocky
Image by Chelsea Gortmaker
Graduate student Carli Schulz runs at Rocky

Both cross country teams participated in regular-season capping meets over the weekend before entering the NCAA postseason.The Gophers men’s team ran in the Fall Finale 8K race in Collegeville, Minnesota on Friday afternoon.

Freshman Hamza Ali was the lead runner for the Gophers. He came in first with a time of 25:31.

Ali’s victory added to a successful streak for Minnesota at the meet. His first place marks completes a consecutive decade of individual victories among Minnesota runners in the Fall Finale.

Ali was followed by freshman Owen Hoeft in second (25:49), freshman Alec Basten in third (25:55) and freshman Nick Rink in fourth (26:05).

Redshirt junior Eric Colvin (26:21), freshman Alex Plasencia (26:31), freshman Jack Manderscheid (26:32) and freshman Hunter Staack (26:37) finished in sixth through ninth, respectively.

Although eight of the top nine finishers in the race were Gophers runners, seven of them ran unattached.

The women’s team hosted the 36th annual Rocky’s Run at Les Bolstad Course on Sunday morning.

Graduate student Carlin Schulz led the pack with a seventh-place time of 23:12.5, and was the first of 46 female participants to cross the finish line.

Schulz was followed by redshirt junior Tess Wasowicz in eighth (23:33.7), redshirt junior Danielle Anderson in ninth (23:37.5) and freshman Abby Kohut-Jackson (23:43.8) in tenth.

Rocky’s Run honors former Gopher runner Rochelle “Rocky” Racette who died in a car accident in 1981.

The 6K race is open to the public and all registration proceeds go toward a scholarship fund.

The women placed high to begin with but did even better across their group. Since the race is open, male competitors led the way in the overall standings, but Gophers runners took five of the top six spots of all 24 female finishers.

Both teams will travel to Iowa City, Iowa next weekend to compete in the NCAA Midwest Regional meet.

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