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Minnesota senior track athletes John Simons, left, Zach Siegmeier, center, and Jon Lehman, right, stand on Bierman Track on Wednesday. All three are preparing for the Big Ten championships next week.

Trio of seniors lead Gophers men’s track and field

May 8, 2014

A trio of men lingered around the University of Minnesota’s outdated Bierman Track and Field Stadium on Wednesday afternoon. To the untrained eye, they looked like three rather unassuming college...

U alumnus Mead shines at race in California

May 6, 2014

A University alumnus may have been wearing green instead of the usual maroon and gold at the Payton Jordan Cardinal Invitational over the weekend, but his experience with the Gophers helped propel him...

Minnesota finishes in middle of pack

May 5, 2014

With the Big Ten outdoor championships one weekend away, the Gophers track and field teams got a sneak peek at Big Ten competition Saturday at the Musco Twilight in Iowa City, Iowa. Minnesota’s women’s...

Gophers alum runs second-fastest time in world this year

May 5, 2014

Gophers men's track and field alumni Hassan Mead ran the world's second-fastest 5,000-meter run time in 2014 at the Payton Jordan Cardinal Invitational in Palo Alto, Calif., on Sunday. Mead...

Geyen’s new style generates success

May 1, 2014

Given the past few Minnesota winters, an uptick in seasonal depression around the Twin Cities is probably merited. In senior Megan Geyen’s case, though, distress in recent years hasn’t been...

Minnesota high jumper Wally Ellenson practices at Bierman Field on April 30, 2013.

Gophers come up short at Drake Relays

April 28, 2014

Minnesota’s track and field teams have written a lot of program history at the Drake Relays. But there wasn’t much to add to the books after the 105th installment of the meet in Ames, Iowa,...

Minnesota senior runner Maggie Bollig practices at the Les Bolstad Golf Course on Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2013.

DMR looks to match last year’s performance

April 24, 2014

There have been 104 Drake Relays in the history of the prestigious meet, but it’s hard to beat last year’s for the Gophers women’s track and field team. Minnesota’s distance medley...

Gophers men leave local relays with five titles

April 21, 2014

The Gophers men’s track and field team placed second at the Carleton Relays on Saturday in Northfield, Minn., even without its full roster. Carleton took home the meet title with 103 team points...

Fountain surges in his first season

April 17, 2014

A fifth-grader tearing through a 400-meter dash, afro blowing in the wind as he leaves his competition in the dust, may sound like the epitome of fun. Rashawn Fountain didn’t think so at first. After...

Minnesota's Ben Marshall rests his hand on Nate Condon after the Gophers lost in the NCAA championship 7-4 against Union College on Saturday evening in Philadelphia.

Minnesota stumbles in final

April 14, 2014

PHILADELPHIA — Gophers defenseman Brady Skjei was the first Minnesota player to kneel on the ice before the clock had even run out, Union players already clearing the bench. Minnesota senior captain...

Minnesota's Ben Marshall rests his hand on Nate Condon after the Gophers lost in the NCAA championship 7-4 against Union College on Saturday evening in Philadelphia.

Gophers fall to Union in NCAA final

April 12, 2014

PHILADELPHIA — Before the clock ran out, Gophers player Brady Skjei was kneeling on the ice and Union players were clearing the bench. Minnesota senior captain Nate Condon skated aimlessly around...

Fans celebrate after Gophers senior defenseman Justin Holl scored with 0.6 seconds left in the game to give Minnesota the dramatic 2-1 win over its longtime rival North Dakota on Thursday evening in Philadelphia.

Gophers beat UND, advance to NCAA final

April 10, 2014

PHILADELPHIA — At first, reactions were predictable after Minnesota beat North Dakota in the waning seconds of the Frozen Four semifinal. Gophers senior defenseman Justin Holl scored his first...

Minnesota forward Nate Condon tries to block a pass from Wisconsin forward Mark Zengerle on Sunday, Feb. 17, 2013, at Soldier Field in Chicago.

Gophers prepare for UND, Frozen Four

April 10, 2014

When players reflect on past games, they tend to think about fantastic goals, acrobatic saves or the big win. That’s not the case when the Gophers men’s hockey team reminisces about rival North...

Gophers improve under new coach

April 10, 2014

Change is hard, but change after 33 years of consistency is even harder. When throws coach Lynne Anderson retired this summer after more than three decades as an assistant coach for the Gophers women’s...

Minnesota forward Kyle Rau is a co-captain with forward Nate Condon. The Gophers will play in the Frozen Four in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on April 10.

Rau keeps quiet amid on-ice success

April 9, 2014

If a collective groan — or a more subtle eye roll — emits from the postgame media gathering outside the Gophers men’s hockey locker room, the source of exasperation isn’t hard to...

Gophers earn nine titles

April 7, 2014

Minnesota’s women’s track and field head coach, Matt Bingle, said before the second meet of the outdoor season that his team wanted to shake off the rust. It did much more than that. The Gophers...

Siegmeier ready to repeat as Big Ten champ

April 3, 2014

The concept of trajectory can be a tricky thing, but it hasn’t seemed to be a problem for Gophers senior pole vaulter Zach Siegmeier. He ended his junior track and field season with a big jump —...

The Gophers men's hockey team beat St. Cloud State 4-0 Sunday evening at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, Minn. With the win, Minnesota advanced to the Frozen Four for the second time in three years.

Gophers beat St. Cloud State, advance to Frozen Four

March 31, 2014

As far as celebrations go, the Gophers’ after winning the NCAA West Regional wasn’t the most exuberant. Minnesota players skated leisurely to huddle around goaltender Adam Wilcox. Gloves, helmets...

Gophers one win from Frozen Four

March 29, 2014

The Gophers men’s hockey team advanced to the finals of the NCAA West Regional with dominant 7-3 win over Robert Morris on Saturday at the Xcel Energy Center. Minnesota will face either St. Cloud...

Minnesota forward Nate Condon controls the puck against Michigan at Mariucci on Friday, February, 14, 2015.

Minnesota looks to avenge woes

March 27, 2014

The Gophers men’s hockey team has something to prove, which may seem unusual for a program that’s been ranked No. 1 for most of the regular season. But lately, Minnesota has struggled to put...

Minnesota forward Gabe Guertler skates against Ohio State at the Big Ten Men's Ice Hockey Tournament at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul on Friday. Minnesota went in as the tournament's top-seed team, but lost to Ohio State 3-1 in the semifinals.

Minnesota bows out at Big Ten tournament

March 24, 2014

The Gophers men’s hockey team endured an upset loss in the semifinals of the Big Ten tournament Friday, but it’s hard to feel too bad for the No. 1 team in the nation and the Big Ten regular-season...

Minnesota has its chance to lock up a Big Ten title

March 13, 2014

The Gophers men’s hockey team hasn’t concerned itself too much with rankings or standings this season. Instead, it just focused on playing the best. That hasn’t been much of an issue,...

The Fasching family photographed at its Burnsville, Minn., home March 2. Hudson Fasching, middle, is a forward on the Gophers men's hockey team, and his two siblings, Mallory, far left, and Cooper, far right, have a condition that leaves them unable to walk or talk and requiring round-the-clock care.

A Fasching family portrait

March 12, 2014

A typical Sunday afternoon at the Fasching household looks like that of many Minnesota families. Hudson Fasching sits with his parents and siblings in the living room of their Burnsville home — a...

Minnesota goalie Adam Wilcox grabs the puck during a game against Minnesota State-Mankato on Friday, Nov. 2, 2012, at Mariucci Arena.

Minnesota’s Big Ten title still on ice

March 10, 2014

The Big Ten regular-season title will have to wait another week. The No. 1 Gophers men’s hockey team beat Ohio State 5-1 on Friday, but it couldn’t pull out the final win needed to claim the...

Sophomore forward Kyle Rau plays against Minnesota State on Friday at the Mariucci Arena.

Minnesota’s first line clicks

March 6, 2014

As the Gophers men’s hockey team’s regular season nears a close, there aren’t a lot of firsts left to be accomplished. Yet Minnesota scratched another first off its list in Friday’s...

Gopher forward Sam Warning handles the puck against Penn State at Mariucci Arena on Friday.  Minnesota beat Penn State 5-1.

Gophers sweep Penn State

March 3, 2014

Senior night for the Gophers men’s hockey team could have played out much differently. While the Gophers completed a sweep of Penn State with a 2-1 victory Saturday after a 5-1 victory Friday, the...

Gophers’ fourth-liners compete

February 27, 2014

The Gophers men’s hockey team is one of the top programs in the nation, so competition for playing time is fierce. Jostling for position isn’t for first-line starting spots, though. It’s...

Bromance on ice

February 26, 2014

Jake Parenteau and Tom Serratore met online. Well, sort of. They didn’t swipe through each other’s profile pictures on Tinder, but the two seniors on the Gophers men’s hockey team connected...

Minnesota forward Nate Condon controls the puck against Michigan at Mariucci on Friday. Gophers swept Michigan, winning 5-3 Friday and 4-1 Saturday.

Minnesota sweeps Michigan

February 17, 2014

The Gophers men’s hockey team wasn’t scoring many goals — a pattern that culminated with a sweep last weekend at Wisconsin. Minnesota rebounded in a big way this weekend at Mariucci Arena,...

Gopher's defense Justin Holl guides the puck away from St. Cloud State during the North Star College Cup game on Friday, Jan. 24, 2014, at the Xcel Energy Center.

Minnesota preps for bounce-back series

February 13, 2014

The Gophers need a serious bounce back. Wisconsin swept Minnesota last weekend — the first time the Gophers have been swept in about two years — and also did away with Minnesota’s 14-game...

Minnesota forward Seth Ambroz skates against Mercyhurst in the Ice Breaker Tournament at Mariucci Arena on Friday, Oct. 11, 2013.

Minnesota loses two in Madison

February 10, 2014

In a single series, the Gophers men’s hockey team doubled its losses and suffered its first sweep and conference losses of the season. It was unexpected, to say the least. No. 12 Wisconsin beat No....

Fasching rekindles early-season flame just in time for Wisconsin

February 6, 2014

The Gophers men’s hockey team isn’t into being “cute” on the ice. That’s something freshman forward Hudson Fasching learned firsthand. Fasching already has nine goals this...

Freshman forward on the University of Minnesota men's hockey team Vinni Lettieri on the ice of Mariucci Arena after the victory over Michigan, Saturday night.

Lettieri aims to make a name for himself

February 5, 2014

A quick glance at Vinni Lettieri’s family tree is enough to know he could make sports history. His grandfather, hockey legend Lou Nanne, played for the Gophers in the 1960s. He competed at the 1968...

Gophers forward Hudson Fasching skates against Michigan State at Mariucci on Friday night. Gophers lost in a shoot out after tying 2-2 on Friday night, but won 1-0 Saturday.

Gophers skate past Spartans at home

February 3, 2014

It seems the series of big weekends for the Gophers men’s hockey team finally took its toll. After the Hockey City Classic and North Star College Cup on consecutive weekends, the Gophers returned...

Gophers forward Sam Warning skates against Wisconsin on Saturday, Nov. 30, 2013 at Mariucci Arena.

Ambroz, Warning jostle for team lead in goals

January 30, 2014

Two names sit atop the Gophers men’s hockey team’s stat sheet for most goals. One could have been predicted before the season even started, while the other has been a bit of a dark horse. Minnesota...

Minneota goalie Adam Wilcox attempts to block an incoming puck during their first game of the North Star College Cup against St. Cloud State on Friday night at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul.

Gophers stake a claim at first North Star Cup

January 27, 2014

As expected, the No. 1 Gophers men’s hockey team asserted itself as the best program in the state Saturday. Minnesota won the inaugural North Star College Cup on Saturday at the Xcel Energy Center...

Minnesota forward Kyle Rau assists on  Taylor Cammarata's goal in the second period against Ohio State on Friday at TCF Bank Stadium.

Gophers prep for first North Star Cup

January 23, 2014

There was a time in the not-so-distant past when all five Division I hockey programs in Minnesota played in the same conference. That changed this season with the development of the Big Ten hockey conference...

Sophomore Alex Beckman flies over the last hurdle in the woman's 60 meter hurdles final, coming in second place Saturday at the Field House.

Gophers start fast at Northwest Open

January 21, 2014

It was the first meet of the winter season, but the Gophers men’s and women’s track and field teams certainly didn’t treat the Northwest Open at the Fieldhouse as a warm-up lap. The women’s...

Minnesota defenseman Mike Reilly reaches for the puck against the Buckeyes on Friday at the Hockey City Classic at TCF Bank Stadium.

Gophers sweep weekend series against Buckeyes

January 21, 2014

For all the hype created by Friday’s Hockey City Classic — held outdoors at TCF Bank Stadium — the game itself wasn’t loaded with excitement. While the Gophers beat Ohio State 1-0...

Minnesota forward Justin Kloos skates against Mercyhurst in the Ice Breaker Tournament at Mariucci Arena on Friday, Oct. 11, 2013.

Gophers get four points in East Lansing

December 9, 2013

Considering the way Friday’s game against Michigan State started, ending in a 2-2 tie before losing in a shootout wasn’t the worst result for the Gophers. And rebounding Saturday with a 3-2...

Minnesota forward Seth Ambroz skates against Mercyhurst in the the Ice Breaker Tournament at Mariucci Arena on Friday, Oct. 11, 2013.

Ambroz finds his niche as vocal leader

December 5, 2013

When Gophers head men’s hockey coach Don Lucia first met 15-year-old Seth Ambroz, he said he was “socially awkward” and could barely look the coach in the eye. Now, the junior forward...

Brodzinski steps up, fills role on blue line

November 27, 2013

The Gophers men’s hockey team is only 9-for-59 on power-play attempts so far this season — converting at slightly more than a 15 percent clip. But freshman defenseman Michael Brodzinski helped...

Minnesota goalie Adam Wilcox grabs the puck during a game against Minnesota State-Mankato on Friday, Nov. 2, 2012, at Mariucci Arena.

Gophers split weekend series with UMD

November 25, 2013

Sophomore goaltender Adam Wilcox had a career-high 36 saves in Friday’s 6-1 win over Minnesota-Duluth at Mariucci Arena. A couple of days later, it was Bulldogs sophomore goaltender Matt McNeely...

Bischoff looks to stay in starting lineup

November 21, 2013

Jake Bischoff is one of seven true freshmen on the Gophers men’s hockey team this year. And while some of Bischoff’s classmates might have overshadowed the defenseman by making early scoring...

Minnesota goaltender Michael Shibrowski stands in the crease against Minnesota State-Mankato on Saturday. The Gophers swept the Mavericks with the 3-0 win.

Shibrowski fills in, helps Gophers sweep Mavericks

November 18, 2013

Sophomore goaltender Adam Wilcox led the Gophers to an impressive 4-1 win Friday night with 34 saves against Minnesota State-Mankato. Still, Wilcox didn’t take his usual place in net in Saturday’s...

Minnesota Justin Kloos skates against Mercyhurst in the first round of the Ice Breaker Tournament at Mariucci Arena on Friday, Oct. 11, 2013.

Pair of freshmen adjust on ice

November 14, 2013

Adjusting to Division I hockey on the No. 1 team in the nation can be daunting for any freshman, but Gophers forwards Justin Kloos and Taylor Cammarata said the transition has been easier together. The...

Fasching honored by Big Ten

November 12, 2013

Gophers men's hockey freshman forward Hudson Fasching earned the Big Ten conference's Third Star on Tuesday for his performance at the split series on the road at Notre Dame. Fasching recorded...

Minnesota forward Hudson Fasching shoots the puck against Lethbridge on Saturday, Oct. 5, 2013, at Mariucci Arena.

Minnesota splits series with Irish

November 11, 2013

The Gophers split a series with Notre Dame over the weekend, in part due to strong play from the freshman class. Minnesota had six goals in the series, and freshmen accounted for five of them. The Gophers...

Lucia to face off with son this weekend

November 7, 2013

Three weeks ago, Gophers senior forward Tom Serratore reunited with his family when the Gophers played at Bemidji State. This weekend, head coach Don Lucia will partake in a family reunion of his own,...

Minnesota's Christian Isackson, Travis Boyd, Seth Ambroz, Sam Warning, Ben Marshall and Kyle Rau on Saturday at Mariucci Arena. All six players are juniors on the Gophers men's hockey team and live in a house together.

Gophers’ juniors together on and off ice

November 6, 2013

The rink at Mariucci Arena isn’t the only place Gophers hockey players have to show their toughness. For the six players in the team’s junior class, that grit is carried over to their home...

Minnesota defenseman Brady Skjei pushes Elliott Harding, a member of the Minnesota Special Hockey team Stingers, around the rink on Saturday at Mariucci Arena. The Hendrinkson Foundation worked with the University to join the men's hockey team with local sled hockey and special hockey teams.

Minnesota uses bye to give back

November 4, 2013

A usual Saturday morning at Mariucci Arena involves the Gophers men’s hockey team practicing hard or preparing for an upcoming game. But last Saturday, sophomore defenseman Mike Reilly skated with...

Minnesota defenseman Mike Reilly skates against Boston College at Mariucci Arena on Friday.

Minnesota wins and ties with BC

October 28, 2013

The two games between the Gophers men’s hockey team and Boston College this weekend started off similar enough, but they ended very differently. While Minnesota scored two goals in about the first...

No. 1 rank irrelevant so early in season

October 24, 2013

At the beginning of this season, there wasn’t much expectation surrounding the Gophers men’s hockey team. Minnesota lost five juniors to the NHL. One incoming freshman left the team for the...

Warning nabs second-straight Big Ten award

October 22, 2013

Junior forward Sam Warning earned the Big Ten conference's First Star award Tuesday. The Gophers men's hockey team defeated Bemidji State on the road last weekend 6-3 and 5-1. Warning recorded...

Minnesota forward Sam Warning handles the puck against Mercyhurst in the Ice Breaker Tournament at Mariucci Arena on Friday, Oct. 11, 2013.

Warning paces Gophers to sweep

October 21, 2013

Starting wasn’t the Gophers’ strong suit against Bemidji State over the weekend — but finishing was. Minnesota swept the Beavers with a 6-3 win Friday and 5-1 win Saturday, despite giving...

Minnesota forward Tom Serratore plays against Minnesota State on Friday, Nov. 2, 2012, at Mariucci Arena.

Serratores come together at Bemidji

October 17, 2013

The Serratore family will descend on Bemidji, Minn., this weekend for the nonconference series between Bemidji State and Gophers men’s hockey. Moms, sisters, brothers, grandpas and at least two Toms...

Warning, Rau receive Big Ten honors

October 15, 2013

Junior forwards Sam Warning and Kyle Rau from the Gophers men's hockey team received spots in the inaugural Big Ten Three Stars announced Tuesday. Warning earned the Second Star after he won the MVP...

Minnesota middle blocker Hannah Tapp blocks a ball against Purdue on Saturday, Sept. 28, 2013, at the Sports Pavilion.

Tapp twins bring team together

October 15, 2013

Freshmen Hannah and Paige Tapp may be twin sisters and Gophers volleyball players, but they’re not exactly the same. Hannah is a true middle blocker while Paige plays on the right side. Hannah is...

Gophers move up spot in national poll

October 14, 2013

The Gophers volleyball team moved up one spot to No. 10 in the latest American Volleyball Coaches Association poll released Monday. Minnesota lost in five sets on the road to No. 4 Penn State on Wednesday...

Gophers rebound with win at OSU

October 14, 2013

The Gophers volleyball team has lost only three matches this season, but all have been against ranked opponents. In fact, Minnesota had only beat one ranked opponent all season. Until this weekend. No....

Minnesota middle blocker Tori Dixon prepares to spike the ball against Purdue on Saturday, Sept. 28, at the Sports Pavilion.

Minnesota falls to Penn State in five

October 10, 2013

On paper, the Gophers volleyball team and Penn State were evenly matched with identical 3-1 conference records and only two total losses on the season. And the five-set match Wednesday night proved it. No....

Minnesota forward Travis Boyd fights for the puck against Lethbridge on Saturday, Oct. 5, 2013, at Mariucci Arena.

Boyd bulks up, looks to make an immediate impact

October 10, 2013

Junior forward Seth Ambroz described his teammate and roommate, Travis Boyd, as “lackadaisical” when he’s away from the Gophers men’s hockey team. “He’s a not in a hurry...

Gophers outside hitter Karlie Hauer passes the ball during a match Saturday, Sept. 28, 2013, at the Sports Pavilion.

Hauer hits stride in sophomore season with Gophers

October 9, 2013

While most of Karlie Hauer’s teammates are just arriving at practice, the sophomore outside hitter is already on the court, practicing her spike and her serve to the nearly empty gym. That extra...

Gophers drop in national poll

October 7, 2013

The Gophers volleyball team dropped to No. 11 in the nation, according to the latest American Volleyball Coaches Association poll released Monday. Minnesota was at No. 8 before a three-set loss to Nebraska...

Minnesota froward Travis Boyd fights for the puck against Lethbridge on Saturday at Mariucci Arena.

Canadian exhibition gets physical

October 7, 2013

The Gophers men’s hockey team had just one exhibition game before the start of its 2013-14 season. While the Gophers may have hoped for it to be a slow and easy warm-up, that notion was quickly smashed...

Minnesota Tori Dixon prepares to spike the ball against Purdue on Saturday, Sept. 28, 2013, at the Sports Pavilion.

Women struggle on first Big Ten road trip

October 7, 2013

The Gophers volleyball team kicked off its first road trip of the Big Ten season in rocky fashion. No. 10 Nebraska swept No. 8 Minnesota on Friday at the Bob Devaney Sports Center before the Gophers mounted...

Minnesota goalie Adam Wilcox grabs the puck during a game against Minnesota State on Friday, Nov. 2, 2012, at Mariucci Arena.

Gophers led by new faces this season

October 3, 2013

A lot has changed in a year for the Gophers men’s hockey team. Minnesota lost five juniors to the NHL and graduated its lone senior. Then before the season even started, freshman Tommy Vannelli left...

Minnesota outside hitter Daly Santana blocks the ball on Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2013, against Indiana at the Sports Pavilion.

Santana stymies sophomore slump, leads Gophers

October 3, 2013

Gophers outside hitter Daly Santana hasn’t changed much between her freshman to sophomore seasons. She’s still a solid starter with a fast arm and even faster jump-spin serve. But the Puerto...

Gophers climb one spot in national poll

September 30, 2013

The Gophers volleyball team climbed one spot to No. 8 in the nation, according to the American Volleyball Coaches Association poll released Monday. Minnesota opened Big Ten conference play at 2-0 with...

Wittman named Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week

September 30, 2013

Senior outside hitter Ashley Wittman earned the Big Ten conference's Defensive Player of the Week award Monday. The Gophers swept Indiana and Purdue last week in straight sets, starting off the conference...

Gopher's Ashley Wittman makes a kill against Purdue on Sunday at the Sports Pavilion.

Women sweep Sunday match with Purdue

September 30, 2013

[email protected] The first time the Gophers volleyball team played a ranked opponent this season, it resulted in a five-set loss — the only stain on Minnesota’s season so far. But the second...

Outside hitter Daly Santana blocks the ball Wednesday night against Indiana at the Sports Pavilion.

Women improve to 13-1 with victory

September 26, 2013

The Gophers beat Indiana in straight sets in their Big Ten opener at the Sports Pavilion on Wednesday night. Not that there was really ever any doubt. Minnesota is No. 9 in the nation and was tabbed to...

Minnesota freshman outside hitter Sarah Wilhite bumps the ball against Duke on Saturday, Sept. 7, 2013, at the Sports Pavilion.

Wilhite uses talent to crack lineup

September 25, 2013

Sarah Wilhite’s high school career was decorated, to say the least. The Eden Prairie High School and Northern Lights Volleyball Club outside hitter was a high school All-American, Miss Volleyball,...

Gophers retain ranking in national poll

September 23, 2013

The Gophers volleyball team is still ranked No. 9 in the nation, according to the American Volleyball Coaches Association poll released Monday. Minnesota swept the action at the Dartmouth Tournament on...

Minnesota freshman outside hitter Sarah Wilhite bumps the ball against Duke on Saturday, Sept. 7, 2013, at the Sports Pavilion.

Minnesota sweeps the weekend

September 23, 2013

The Gophers volleyball team took only one of its four matches past three sets this weekend. Surprisingly, it wasn’t in the match in which a majority of the team’s starters stayed on the bench. Minnesota...

Nora transitions in first season with team

September 19, 2013

Adrianna Nora may be a new face on the Gophers volleyball team, but opponents would be wise not to overlook the junior transfer from Baylor. That’s because the right-side hitter openly admits that...

Minnesota freshman outside hitter Kalei Mau plays the ukulele on Monday, April 15, 2013. (Dane adding more, don't publish this with this on here!)

Mau adapts to new life on the mainland

September 17, 2013

Kalei Mau could be considered a prodigy in more ways than one. She only started seriously pursuing volleyball in 10th grade and has since landed a spot as an outside hitter with the Gophers’ volleyball...

Minnesota senior outside hitter Ashley Wittman spikes the ball against Duke on Saturday, Sept. 7, 2013, at the Sports Pavilion.

Minnesota drops first match of season

September 16, 2013

The Gophers volleyball team had been riding high on a perfect season — eight victories, all in straight sets. But up against its first ranked opponent of the season, the team lost its bearings. No....

Gophers middle blocker Tori Dixon spikes the ball during a game against North Dakota State on Sept. 10, 2012, at the Sports Pavilion.

Dixon leads after USA experience

September 12, 2013

Minnesota’s volleyball team is off to a hot start this season with a perfect 7-0 record — all without dropping a set. So is senior middle blocker Tori Dixon, who started the season by winning...

Gophers still No. 4

September 9, 2013

The Gophers women's volleyball team retained its No. 4 national ranking in the latest American Volleyball Coaches Association poll released Monday. Minnesota still has a perfect record at 7-0 without...

Rosado taken off volleyball roster

September 5, 2013

The Gophers volleyball program has taken freshman Dalianliz Rosado off its roster for the season. The libero/defensive specialist from Morovis, Puerto Rico, signed a National Letter of Intent last...

Minnesota setter Alexandra Palmer plays against Ohio State on Friday, Sept. 28, 2012, at the Sports Pavillion.

Palmer leads youthful group of setters

September 5, 2013

Last season, Alexandra Palmer transferred from sunny Santa Clara, Calif., prepared to fight for the starting setter spot on the Gophers’ volleyball team with a brand new Olympic coach. A year later,...

Minnesota middle blocker Tori Dixon tips the ball over the net against Nebraska on Nov. 16, 2012, at the Sports Pavilion.

Gophers get perfect start

September 3, 2013

The Gophers women’s volleyball team is perfect — for now. Minnesota’s season started this weekend with nonconference action at the Alabama-Birmingham/Samford tournament. The Gophers dominated...

Gophers rank No. 4 in latest poll

September 2, 2013

The Gophers volleyball team is ranked No. 4 in the nation, according to the American Volleyball Coaches Association poll released Monday. Minnesota moved up two spots from its preseason ranking at...

Dixon named Big Ten Player of the Week

September 2, 2013

Gophers volleyball's Tori Dixon earned the Big Ten conference's Player of the Week award Monday. The senior middle blocker helped her team to four straight-set wins this weekend at the UAB/Samford...

Minnesota thrower Quentin Mege throws at the Jack Johnson Invitational on Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013, at the University Fieldhouse.

Hammer thrower seeks to defend Big Ten title despite broken hand

May 9, 2013

Senior thrower Quentin Mege returned to the Gophers men’s track and field team this year despite graduating last spring with a mechanical engineering degree, but it hasn’t gone as planned. The...

Minnesota thrower Micah Hegerle throws at the Jack Johnson invitational on Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013, at the University Fieldhouse.

Gophers scramble in final meets before Big Ten championships

May 6, 2013

The Gophers men’s and women’s track and field teams scrambled to finalize their Big Ten outdoor championship rosters this weekend. Both teams were scheduled to compete at a local meet Wednesday,...

Loberg leaps from court to high jump

May 2, 2013

Katie Loberg may be graduating in a few weeks with her journalism degree, but the former Gophers basketball forward could pass for a freshman on the track and field team. Loberg joined the team about a...

Gophers continue Drake success

April 29, 2013

The Gophers men’s and women’s track and field teams continued their strong traditions at the Drake Relays in Des Moines, Iowa, this weekend. The men won two events while the women won one and...

Pole vaulter hitting stride in second season

April 25, 2013

Junior Zach Siegmeier sort of fell into pole vaulting. He picked up the event his freshman year of high school to avoid offseason football conditioning and placed most of his focus on another spring sport,...

Young steeplechasers make progress

April 21, 2013

The Gophers men’s and women’s track teams claimed a combined nine event titles Saturday at the Musco Twilight in Iowa City, Iowa. The women tallied five titles, including several sweeps. Junior...

Senior strives to leave legacy, break school record in hammer throw

April 18, 2013

This weekend’s Musco Twilight in Iowa City, Iowa, may seem like a typical meet, but Jeri Johnson-Chambers views it as an opportunity. The senior has a fairly singular goal for her final season with...

Men beat No. 1 team, tie for first

April 15, 2013

The Gophers men’s track and field team beat the No. 1 team in the nation and tied the No. 2 team Saturday at the John McDonnell Invitational in Fayetteville, Ark. No. 22 Minnesota tallied 137 team...

Minnesota's Goaner Deng runs the 600-meter dash on Friday, Feb. 15, 2013, at the University Fieldhouse.

Deng leads young generation of middle distance runners

April 11, 2013

Redshirt freshman Goaner Deng competed last month in the 4x400-meter relay at the NCAA indoor championships, an honorable accomplishment in his first competitive season with the Gophers. But the proudest...

Women enjoy sun, third place at Alabama Invite

April 8, 2013

The Gophers men’s and women’s track and field teams had a successful weekend in different weather conditions. While the men competed in the rain at the Hamline Invite, the women’s team...

Minnesota distance runner Laura Docherty leads the pack at the Jack Johnson Invitational on Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013, at the University Fieldhouse.

Distance runner’s development aids breakout season

April 4, 2013

Junior distance runner Laura Docherty is having a breakout season. But her success has been long in the works — since birth, actually. Docherty’s parents were both runners at Iowa, and her...

Abda named Big Ten Track Athlete of the Week

April 3, 2013

Senior Harun Abda earned the Big Ten conference's Outdoor Track Athlete of the Week honor Wednesday. Abda won the 800-meter run at the Stanford Invitational last weekend. His time of 1:48.64 ranks...

University alum Nate Augsberger warms up with former teammates on the University's club team Thursday, March 21, 2013, at the Sports Dome.

The Transition: Nate Augspurger

April 3, 2013

Rugby is one of the most violent sports in the world, but Nate Augspurger didn’t pick up his first major injury until February. The former University of Minnesota club player got into the sport at...

Minnesota distance runner Laura Docherty leads at the Jack Johnson Invitational on Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013, at the Fieldhouse.

Minnesota continues to work out kinks at first full outdoor meets

April 1, 2013

The Gophers men’s and women’s track and field teams are still working out the kinks in their transition from the indoor to outdoor season. The teams competed in their first full meets of the...

Strong start heightens Mege’s hammer hopes

March 28, 2013

Senior Quentin Mege broke his own school record in the hammer throw in the first meet of the outdoor track and field season. And to think he almost didn’t return to Minnesota for his last year of...