Runner loses shoe but finds state title in cross country championship

Author:
Updated:
Original:

The Star Tribune called him ‘Shoeless Ali.’

Richfield senior Obsa Ali won the state Class 2A boys’ cross country race at St. Olaf College in Northfield in a time of 15 minutes, 15.2 seconds, but he crossed the finish line of the 5,000-meter course without his right shoe.

The Pioneer Press reported that Minnesota's top-ranked cross country runner ditched his duct-taped shoe with 400 meters remaining. Ali reportedly felt his shoe come loose after getting stepped on so he ran about a mile with his foot smashing down the heel of his shoe. After the course surface changed from gravel to grass, Ali ditched the shoe so he wouldn't have to contend with it on his finishing kick.

“I taped them so they wouldn’t come off this time,” said Ali. “That didn’t help I guess.”

Ali was presented with the duct-taped shoe in the finishing chute. He is Richfield's first cross country champion since 1982.

Meanwhile, Wayzata won the big-school team title. Edina was second, and two-time defending champion Stillwater was third. Wayzata was a repeat team champion in the girls race, defeating runner-up East Ridge. Lakeville South was third.

Alexandria twins Bethany and Megan Hasz finished first and second, respectively, in the individual race. Bethany's winning time was 20 seconds ahead of Megan.

"We are always happy for each other,''said Bethany, who is 29 minutes younger than her sister.

Next Up

police lights

Attempted luring of 14-year-old girl reported in West St. Paul

The suspect is described as a white man in his 40s.

Screen Shot 2021-03-04 at 9.19.48 PM

Worker, 18, suffers serious electric shock at Vikings apartments site

The worker was reportedly in a critical condition Thursday.

49920879552_ef6458affd_o2

As golf season approaches, book your round now at Dacotah Ridge GC

The stunning course is designed by world-renowned architect Rees Jones.

Kevin Garnett

Kevin Garnett's group out of potential Timberwolves sale

Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor said that Garnett's group was not one of "more than 10" to buy the team.

axebridge

Full production winery set to open in Minneapolis this month

The couple behind Schram Vineyards Winery and Brewery is opening AxeBridge Wine Company in Minneapolis' North Loop neighborhood.

ambulance

Pedestrian killed in two-vehicle crash in Crystal

The incident happened just after noon.

Screen Shot 2021-03-04 at 1.45.48 PM

Foss Swim School opens its 9th Minnesota location in former Pier 1 store

The Eden Prairie based company has 22 locations across the Midwest.

police tape, crime scene

Charges: Minneapolis man kills woman, tells police to kill him

A convicted felon is accused of fatally shooting a 29-year-old woman on Feb. 28.

tree

It's that time of year: Minneapolis offers deal on trees for property owners

The City Trees program sells trees for $25 from March 8 to April 16, or until trees run out.

coronavirus, covid-19, doctor

CDC report reveals how first cases of Brazilian COVID variant came to MN

Dozens of people had to be tested for the virus after the first and only two cases of the P.1 variant were detected in Minnesota.

Related