Obsa Ali moved to Richfield from Ethiopia in 2007 to be with his mother. He took up soccer, a sport he had played. But the day he decided to run, he found out he had a gift. Ali had battled injury and the flu just a few weeks before the state cross-country meet. He was questioning himself, so his coach gave him a talk. “I just couldn’t do anything, so I was doing 20-minute runs every day. And then I didn’t know if I was going to get top ten, so my coach took me down there and then gave me this speech or whatnot,” Ali said. “My confidence came back.” Marty Huberty, coach of Richfield’s cross-country team, says his advice was simple.