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Junior Eric Walker hurdles on Wednesday, May 1, 2019 at the Mens track Twilight meet at the Minneapolis Track and Field Stadium.

Minnesota track coaches preview upcoming Big Ten meet

May 6, 2019

This year’s Big Ten Outdoor Track and Field Championships are right around the corner, running from Friday to Sunday at the University of Iowa. Last year, the Gopher women’s team took first place at...

Junior John Uchytil vaults on Wednesday, May 1 at the mens track Twilight Meet at the Minneapolis Track and Field Stadium.

Gophers host second day of Twilight Meet

May 2, 2019

Last week, the women’s track and field team kicked off competition at its brand new stadium, sprinting out of the gates in a commanding fashion to win 10 titles at the Twilight Meet. On Wednesday, the...

Sophomore Hannah Arason performs the high jump at the Minnesota Track & Field Stadium in Minneapolis for the Gopher womens Twilight Meet on Wednesday, April 24.

Four Minnesota athletes win big at Drake Relays meet

April 29, 2019

The Minnesota track and field team faced competition from all over the country at the Drake Relays in Iowa over the weekend. While the team competition was not scored, the Gophers came away with four individual...

Redshirt senior Kiley Sabin winds up to throw at the Minnesota Track & Field Stadium in Minneapolis on Wednesday, April 24.

Captains leading the way for Minnesota track and field program

April 25, 2019

Upperclassmen Temi Ogunrinde and Rachel Schow are leading by example for this year’s Minnesota track and field team.  Both captured event titles recently at the Stanford Invitational meet, and they’re...

Gophers overcome poor weather to break records

April 22, 2019

Severe weather put a premature end to the first day of the Duke Invitational track and field meet on Friday, but it wasn’t enough to stop the Gophers from taking six titles on day two at Morris Williams...

Minnesota track and field program enters a new era

April 18, 2019

The 2018-19 season has brought several changes for the track and field program at the University of Minnesota. It started when former women’s team head coach Matt Bingle was named director of men's and...

Redshirt sophomore Rachel Schow clears a hurdle on Saturday, Jan. 28, 2017 at the Field House. The Gophers competed against several other colleges at the Jack Johnson Classic Track Meet.

Track and field team adjusts to cancellation of first home meet

April 15, 2019

The Minnesota track and field team’s home opener was canceled on Saturday due to inclement weather. The weather postponed what was to be Minnesota's first outdoor home meet in a decade. The team was...

Freshman distance runner represents Minnesota on USA national team

April 4, 2019

Khalid Hussein, a freshman on the Gophers men’s track and field team, recently represented the United States at the IAAF World Cross Country Championships in Denmark. “It was a cool experience, seeing...

Senior Annalese Lamke goes up for a shot on Thursday, Jan. 24, 2019 at Williams Arena.

Minnesota women’s basketball team reflects on season

April 1, 2019

Now that their season has ended, players from the Gophers' women’s basketball team are beginning to unpack the memories from their time playing under head coach Lindsay Whalen. The team opened up the...

Redshirt senior Kenisha Bell chases after the ball on Monday, Jan. 14 at Williams Arena. The Gophers lost to the Hawkeyes 81-63.

Gophers end season in WNIT second round battle

March 24, 2019

Despite rolling into the second round of the Women's National Invitation Tournament after a victory over Northern Iowa, Minnesota's season came to an end Sunday. The Gophers' women’s basketball team...

Sophomore Destiny Pitts runs through defenders toward the hoop during the game against Purdue on Thursday, Jan. 24.

Gophers women win at home, advance in WNIT

March 23, 2019

Minnesota took on the University of Northern Iowa Panthers (20-12) in the first round of Women's National Invitation Tournament on Saturday.  Minnesota failed to qualify for the NCAA Women’s Basketball...

Senior Annalese Lamke goes up for a shot on Thursday, Jan. 24, 2019 at Williams Arena.

Gophers’ seniors bond through adversity

March 14, 2019

The Gophers senior class already played its last game at Williams Arena, but the impact it left remains. This year’s senior class is a unique group that has seen adversity during a variable season both...

Sophomore Destiny Pitts runs through defenders toward the hoop during the game against Purdue on Thursday, Jan. 24.

Hoosiers bump the Gophers out of Big Ten tournament

March 8, 2019

The Gophers came into the Big Ten tournament as a higher seed than the Hoosiers. In the end, the seeding didn't matter. Indiana defended its turf in the team's home state for the 66-58 victory to knock...

Senior Annalese Lamke goes up for a shot on Thursday, Jan. 24, 2019 at Williams Arena.

Minnesota bests Michigan State on senior night

March 5, 2019

Four seniors played their final home game at Williams Arena for the Gophers women’s basketball team on Sunday.  Minnesota (19-9) took on Michigan State (19-9) in the teams' second meeting this season....

Sophomore Destiny Pitts runs through defenders toward the hoop during the game against Purdue on Thursday, Jan. 24.

Gophers fall to Rutgers in team’s last game of the month

March 1, 2019

Kenisha Bell and the Gophers women’s basketball team were in New Jersey on Thursday to play the Rutgers Scarlet Knights.  It was Minnesota’s first game following a two-point loss to No. 8 Maryland...

Redshirt senior Kenisha Bell chases after the ball on Monday, Jan. 14 at Williams Arena. The Gophers lost to the Hawkeyes 81-63.

Minnesota endures rocky adjustment to Big Ten play

February 25, 2019

At one point, the Gophers women’s basketball team was ranked as the No. 14 team in the country — then the Big Ten conference play began, and the team lost seven of nine games.  The team struggled...

Sophomore Destiny Pitts runs through defenders toward the hoop during the game against Purdue on Thursday, Jan. 24.

Gophers lose to Terrapins at the buzzer

February 22, 2019

The Gophers were in Maryland on Thursday for a game against the No. 8 team in the nation, who came into the matchup with only three losses on the season. The game was also the first time that head coach...

Kenisha Bell reacts to a call during the game against Purdue on Thursday, Jan. 24.

Minnesota rolls to sixth consecutive victory over Penn State

February 18, 2019

The Gophers brought the Nittany Lions to Williams Arena on Sunday to go for their sixth consecutive victory.  Penn State (10-15) came into the contest second-to-last in the Big Ten Conference standings,...

Kenisha Bell reacts to a call during the game against Purdue on Thursday, Jan. 24.

Minnesota bests Purdue for its fifth straight victory

February 17, 2019

The Gophers visited Purdue’s Mackey Arena for an important road game against the Boilermakers (16-10) on Thursday. It was a unique matchup. Both Purdue head coach Sharon Versyp and Minnesota head coach...

Junior Taiye Bello goes up to shoot during the Gopher game against Northwestern on Sunday, Feb. 10 at Williams Arena.

Gophers triumph over Northwestern in overtime

February 11, 2019

The Northwestern Wildcats (14-9, 7-5 Big Ten) braved the weather on a snowy Sunday to play the Minnesota women’s basketball team at home.  The Gophers (17-7, 6-7 Big Ten) recovered from a fourth...

Junior Taiye Bello dribbles around the defender at Williams Arena on Tuesday, Nov. 20. The Gophers beat the Arkansas-Pine Bluff Golden Lions 84-42.

Gophers outlast Hoosiers in Indiana, extend winning streak

February 7, 2019

The Minnesota women’s basketball team travelled to Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall in Bloomington, Indiana Wednesday for a game against the Hoosiers (17-6). Coming into the contest, Indiana had won three...

Minnesota scores big win against conference-leading Rutgers

February 5, 2019

On Super Bowl Sunday, the Minnesota women’s basketball team welcomed No. 17 Rutgers to Williams Arena for an afternoon contest. The Scarlet Knights came to Stadium Village at the top of the Big Ten with...

Sophomore Destiny Pitts runs through defenders toward the hoop during the game against Purdue on Thursday, Jan. 24.

Pitts comes in clutch as Gophers win road game amid losing slump

February 1, 2019

Coming into Thursday's game, Minnesota was down, having lost seven of its previous eight games.  The Gophers (14-7) came back to get on the winning track again with a 61-54 victory over the Northwestern...

Forward Taiye Bello reaches to block an Indiana player during the game on Tuesday, Feb. 20 at Williams Arena.

Gophers lose a low-scoring game to the visiting Buckeyes

January 29, 2019

Minnesota’s women basketball team was back at it in Williams Arena on Monday to play against the Ohio State Buckeyes following a loss to the Purdue Boilermakers last week. Ohio State came to town with...

Sophomore Destiny Pitts runs through defenders toward the hoop during the game against Purdue on Thursday, Jan. 24.

Gophers fall to Purdue at home

January 25, 2019

The Purdue Boilermakers came to Williams Arena on Thursday night to take on the Minnesota women’s basketball team, bringing with them a 5-2 Big Ten record. Although two players put up double-digit scoring...

Redshirt senior Kenisha Bell chases after the ball on Monday, Jan. 14 at Williams Arena. The Gophers lost to the Hawkeyes 81-63.

Gopher women’s basketball team comes out of winter break stretch with 13-5 record

January 22, 2019

The Minnesota women’s basketball team kept itself busy over winter break. While most University of Minnesota students had a break from classes between late December and early January, the Gophers had...

Senior Kenisha Bell lays the ball in at Williams Arena on Tuesday, Nov. 20. The Gophers beat the Arkansas-Pine Bluff Golden Lions 84-42. Bell finished with 24 points.

No. 13 Minnesota downs Coppin State on Wednesday

December 13, 2018

Following a road win over Boston College on Sunday, Minnesota’s women basketball team played Coppin State on Wednesday night at home. Coppin State came into the game winless, and the team's bad luck...

Sophomore Destiny Pitts runs toward the hoop on Sunday, Dec. 2 at Williams Arena. The Gophers beat the Air Force Falcons 67-50.

Led by Pitts, No. 14 Minnesota rallies for win over Boston College

December 10, 2018

The Boston College Eagles (8-2) hung with the Minnesota women’s basketball team for much of the game on Sunday.  However, the Gophers weathered a third quarter surge from the Eagles to take a 77-69...

Sophomore Destiny Pitts runs toward the hoop on Sunday, Dec. 2 at Williams Arena. The Gophers beat the Air Force Falcons 67-50.

Gophers topple Air Force to stay undefeated

December 3, 2018

On Sunday, the Gopher women’s basketball team played their fifth straight home game in a match against Air Force. The Falcons came into the game against No. 20 Minnesota holding a 4-3 record. Meanwhile,...

Forward Taye Bello looks up court during Gopher womens basketballs annual exhibition versus the mens scout team on Saturday, Oct. 20 at Williams Arena.

The Gophers send Syracuse back east empty-handed

December 1, 2018

The Minnesota women’s basketball team played the Syracuse Orange on Thursday evening at Williams Arena in front of a deafening crowd. Head coach Lindsay Whalen had worked all week to get her team ready...

Junior Taiye Bello dribbles around the defender at Williams Arena on Tuesday, Nov. 20. The Gophers beat the Arkansas-Pine Bluff Golden Lions 84-42.

Twin sisters Taiye and Kehinde Bello making names for themselves

November 29, 2018

At Gophers women’s basketball games this year, fans might have noticed two similar players. Taiye and Kehinde Bello, twin sisters, play on Minnesota's women’s basketball team. Their situation of being...

Senior Kenisha Bell lays the ball in at Williams Arena on Tuesday, Nov. 20. The Gophers beat the Arkansas-Pine Bluff Golden Lions 84-42. Bell finished with 24 points.

Minnesota’s Big Three powers the Gophers to a win over Cornell

November 26, 2018

On Friday, No. 23 Minnesota took on the Cornell Big Red just one day after the Thanksgiving holiday.  The Gophers (5-0) beat Cornell 65-45 in another dominating performance. “I thought our first...

Redshirt Senior Guard Kenisha Bell looks to pass the ball during the game against San Diego on Saturday, Nov. 17 at Williams Arena.

Gophers roll over Arkansas Pine-Bluff

November 21, 2018

The No. 23 Minnesota women’s basketball team improved to 4-0 against Arkansas-Pine Bluff at Williams Arena on Tuesday. The Gophers proved too much for the Golden Lions to handle, as the game was clearly...

Patty OBrien, who had a top-20 finish runs the course. Teammates and sisters Bethany and Megan Hasz finished first and second overall for Gopher womens cross country at the 33rd annual Roy Griak Invitational at Les Bolstad Golf Course on Saturday, Sept. 29.

Women’s cross country team places 29th at NCAA Championships

November 19, 2018

Weather forecasts on the night before race day predicted three to five inches of snow in Madison, Wisconsin for this year's NCAA Cross Country Championships. The Minnesota women’s cross country team...

Redshirt Senior Guard Kenisha Bell looks to pass the ball during the game against San Diego on Saturday, Nov. 17 at Williams Arena.

Minnesota wins low-scoring game against San Diego

November 19, 2018

The No. 25 Gopher women’s basketball team played at home against the San Diego Toreros on Saturday. Coming into the game, San Diego had a 1-1 record while Minnesota was 2-0. Minnesota was down to the...

Kenisha Bell dribbles the ball on Sunday, Nov. 19 at Williams Arena.

Gophers find second win this season over Xavier

November 15, 2018

Following a win at home over the New Hampshire Wildcats last Friday, the No. 25 Gophers' women’s basketball team travelled to Cincinnati, Ohio to face the Xavier Musketeers on Wednesday. Minnesota outscored...

Bethany and Megan Hasz run side by side at Les Bolstad Golf Course on Saturday, Sept. 29, 2018.  The Hasz twins finished first and second overall for Gopher womens cross country at the 33rd annual Roy Griak Invitational.

Minnesota cross country teams compete at NCAA Midwest Regional Meet

November 12, 2018

On Friday, the Minnesota cross country program competed at the NCAA Midwest Regional meet on Newman Golf Course in Peoria, Illinois. The No. 23-ranked women’s team ended up in third place with a score...

Coach Lindsay Whalen prepares to blow the whistle during Gopher womens basketballs annual exhibition versus the mens scout team on Saturday, Oct. 20, 2018 at Williams Arena.

Gophers win over New Hampshire in Whalen’s first game as coach

November 10, 2018

The second Lindsay Whalen era of Gophers' women's basketball got off to a strong start Friday night. Minnesota pulled out a 70-47 win over New Hampshire in front of a sold-out crowd at Williams Arena....

Molly Eastman crosses the finish line at the Roy Griak Invitational at Les Bolstad Golf Course on Saturday, Sept. 29.

Gophers show off depth in fall season

November 7, 2018

Six captains have provided the Minnesota women’s cross country team with valuable leadership this season. Among these leaders, first-year captain and fifth-year senior Molly Eastman has been especially...

The Gophers womens cross country team competes against other Division I teams at the Roy Griak Invitational at the Les Bolstad Golf Course on Saturday, Sept. 23 in St. Paul.

Cross country team closes out regular season

November 5, 2018

The Minnesota cross country team braved rocky weather to finish off its fall season. The No. 23 Gophers closed its regular season Sunday with the 38th annual Rocky’s Run meet. It rained all morning at...

Gopher womens cross country prepares to run the 33rd annual Roy Griak Invitational at Les Bolstad Golf Course on Saturday, Sept. 29, 2019.

Redshirt freshman finding her stride for women’s cross country team

November 1, 2018

Two of Minnesota’s runners, Bethany Hasz and Anastasia Korzenowski, earned personal record times at the Big Ten Cross Country Championship meet in Lincoln, Nebraska on Sunday. Both had stellar performances,...

Women cross country team places sixth, men’s team takes seventh at Big Ten Championships

October 29, 2018

The University of Minnesota cross country program competed at the 2018 Big Ten Cross Country Championships meet on Sunday morning in Lincoln, Nebraska.  Beforehand, women’s team head coach Sarah...

Guard Destiny Pitts looks for her next pass during Gopher womens basketballs annual exhibition versus the mens scout team on Saturday, Oct. 20 at Williams Arena.

Destiny Pitts looks to grow after electric freshman season

October 25, 2018

Individual awards early in her career aren't going to faze Sophomore Destiny Pitts, the reigning Big Ten Freshman of the Year. Pitts prefers to give most of the credit for the award to her teammates, among...

Guard Kenisha Bell lays the ball up through a group of defenders during Gopher womens basketballs annual exhibition versus the mens scout team on Saturday, Oct. 20 at Williams Arena.

Fans get first look at women’s basketball team in exhibition game

October 22, 2018

Though it was exhibition, Minnesota basketball is back on the floor at Williams Arena this fall. The 2018-2019 Minnesota women’s basketball team opened up its season with the Maroon and Gold Showcase...

Coach Lindsay Whalen watches a play intently at the Gopher womens basketball practice on Monday, Oct. 9, 2018 in the Cunningham Basketball Performance Center.

Whalen brings familiar face, memories back to the Barn

October 18, 2018

The Minnesota women’s basketball team began their first official practices of the season earlier this month. A familiar face is back on the sideline for the first time since 2004. There has been a rise...

Gopher womens cross country prepares to run the 33rd annual Roy Griak Invitational at Les Bolstad Golf Course on Saturday, Sept. 29, 2019.

Five races in two days for Minnesota cross country teams

October 15, 2018

The Minnesota cross country program split up to compete in five different races from Friday through Saturday. First, on Friday, seven runners from the women’s team saw action in Peoria, Illinois at the...

Patty OBrien, who had a top-20 finish runs the course. Teammates and sisters Bethany and Megan Hasz finished first and second overall for Gopher womens cross country at the 33rd annual Roy Griak Invitational at Les Bolstad Golf Course on Saturday, Sept. 29.

Patty O’Brien is leaving everything on the course this season

October 4, 2018

Patty O’Brien has seemed to be one step ahead of the competition in cross country and in school. Coming into her fifth year at the University of Minnesota, O’Brien has completed her master’s degree...

Bethany and Megan Hasz run side by side at Les Bolstad Golf Course on Saturday, Sept. 29, 2018.  The Hasz twins finished first and second overall for Gopher womens cross country at the 33rd annual Roy Griak Invitational.

Women’s cross country team wins the Roy Griak Invitational

October 1, 2018

The University of Minnesota men’s and women’s cross country teams were in action again on Saturday at the 33rd annual Roy Griak Invitational. The course was buzzing with thousands of athletes and spectators...

The Gophers welcome back Minnesota-native Seth Eliason

September 27, 2018

Seth Eliason had missed running with his high school teammates, Owen Hoeft and Hunter Staack.  The Hopkins, Minnesota native spent a year in Washington, D.C. and competed for the Georgetown Hoyas...

Bethany Hasz runs in the Jack Johnson Womens Gold Race at the Roy Griak Invitational on Saturday, Sept. 24, 2016 at Les Bolstad Golf Course.

Gophers go “Coast-to-Coast” at the Battle in Beantown meet

September 24, 2018

This week on the trails, the Gophers women’s cross country team raced at the Coast-to-Coast Battle in Beantown meet in Boston. Twelve of the Gophers’ top runners were at the start line just before...

Redshirt sophomore Olivia Hummel, center, runs during the Oz Memorial on Friday, Sept. 7 at the Les Bolstad Golf Course.

Gophers runner sees early homecoming at UMN

September 20, 2018

Olivia Hummel is not a freshman, but she is a fresh face for the No. 24 Gophers women’s cross country team, and she looks poised to run in a key spot for them this year.  Her path to the team was...

Redshirt Junior Connor Olson holds the lead during the Oz Memorial on Friday, Sept. 7 at the Les Bolstad Golf Course.

Men’s cross country team wins Greeno-Dirksen Invitational in Nebraska

September 17, 2018

A week ago, the Minnesota men’s cross country team finished first among four teams at the Oz Memorial meet. The team was back in action on Saturday, Sept. 15 at the annual Greeno/Dirksen Invitational...

Sophomore Megan Hasz holds the lead during the Oz Memorial on Friday, Sept. 7 at the Les Bolstad Golf Course.

Running together: the power duo on the Gophers cross country team

September 13, 2018

While most siblings have a close bond, few have a relationship as close and as successful as Minnesota’s own Megan and Bethany Hasz.  The Hasz sisters, who are twins, seemingly do everything together,...

Gopher Cross Country teams open the season on top

September 8, 2018

   On September 7th, the University of Minnesota men’s and women’s cross country teams raced at Les Bolstad Golf Course on a warm Friday night in the annual Oz Memorial meet. The No. 24 Gophers...