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Deng carries hopes of making Olympics

May 5, 2016

Senior Goaner Deng has had a strong season in the 800-meter run, and it might continue into the summer.     Deng will attempt to make the United States track and field team for the 2016 Summer...

Titania Markland is cheered on as she crosses the finish line to win the women's 400-meter relay, the last event at the University of Minnesota Field House for the second annual Minnesota-Wisconsin Dual on Jan. 23.

Women’s team earns four titles

May 2, 2016

The Minnesota women’s track and field team earned four event titles over the weekend at the Rock Chalk Classic, with all titles coming from track events.     The Gophers finished first...

Luca Wieland competes in the men's hurdles at the Fieldhouse for the second annual Minnesota-Wisconsin Dual on Jan. 23.

Versatile athlete Wieland able to rediscover passion for his sport

April 28, 2016

A string of injuries caused junior Luca Wieland to nearly walk away from track and field as a freshman, but now he’s working toward a spot on the 2016 German Olympic team.     “I...

Minnesota's Luca Wieland competes in hurdles on Jan. 18, 2014, at the University Fieldhouse.

Men’s team earns three titles in Virginia

April 25, 2016

The University of Minnesota men’s track and field team won three titles at the Virginia Challenge over the weekend, thanks to strong performances by its veterans.     Junior Luca Wieland,...

Hammer throwers stand out nationally

April 21, 2016

One event stands out above the rest for the Gophers men’s and women’s track and field teams.     The hammer throw group on each team ranks first in the nation in the event, thanks...

Redshirt sophomore Madeline Strandemo kicks for the final homestretch Friday evening at the 15th Annual Oz Memorial Run at Les Bolstad golf course on Sept. 5, 2014.

Women’s team earns titles in nine events at Holst Invitational

April 18, 2016

The Gophers women’s track and field team, competing in a 35-program field, won nine event titles at the Holst Invitational over the weekend.     Minnesota placed five athletes in the top...

Wiebke drawing eyes after strong mile run

April 14, 2016

Redshirt sophomore Derek Wiebke has garnered the attention of Gophers head coach Steve Plasencia since the Big Ten Indoor Track and Field Championships.     Wiebke came in third in the mile...

Goaner Deng crosses the finish line of the men's 400-meter relay race at the University of Minnesota Field House on Jan. 23.

4×100 relay team wins title in Arizona

April 11, 2016

The Gophers men’s track and field team won two titles at the Sun Angel Classic in Tempe, Ariz., over the weekend, with senior Sean Donnelly winning the hammer throw for the third meet in a row.     Minnesota’s...

Junior Titania Markland crosses the finish line, placing first in the 400-meter dash during the Jack Johnson Classic at the Field House on January 30.

Gophers relays continue to get results

April 7, 2016

The Gophers women’s track and field team sent a relay team to the NCAA Championships the last two seasons, and the relay events are once again strengths for the team this year.     Minnesota’s...

Donnelly wins second title in a row

April 4, 2016

The Gophers men’s 4x400-meter relay team and senior Sean Donnelly won two event titles for the Gophers at the Stanford Invitational, which concluded on Saturday.      Donnelly,...

Donnelly preps for Olympic dreams

March 31, 2016

Sean Donnelly said his life changed with one throw.     The senior cleared 74.35 meters in the hammer throw at the Baldy Castillo Invitational on March 18, beating Minnesota’s record by...

Gophers pick up two relay titles in Raleigh

March 28, 2016

The Gophers competed in the Raleigh Relays in North Carolina over the weekend and came away with two titles.     Minnesota won both the 4x800-meter and 4x1,500-meter relay in the team’s...

Redshirt junior Nick Bachinski clears the bar Saturday at the University of Minnesota Field House for the second-annual Wisconsin vs. Minnesota Duel. Bachinski won the event, jumping a personal record of 2.14 meters.

Bachinski able to find consistency

March 24, 2016

One of the Gophers’ most consistent athletes has led the team at the beginning of the outdoor season.     Redshirt sophomore high jumper Nick Bachinski won his first outdoor competition...

Redshirt junior Nick Bachinski clears the bar Saturday at the University of Minnesota Field House for the second-annual Wisconsin vs. Minnesota Duel. Bachinski won the event, jumping a personal record of 2.14 meters.

Men’s team wins three titles in first outdoor meet

March 21, 2016

The Gophers men’s track and field team started their outdoor season over the weekend and won three event titles at the Baldy Castillo Invitational in Arizona.     “I felt good about...

Redshirt junior Charles Buggs pushes towards the net at Williams Arena on March 2.

Gophers lose Big Ten tourney opener

March 10, 2016

Minnesota’s disappointing season came to an end with the team’s biggest loss of the year.     The Gophers lost 85-52 to Illinois in the first round of the Big Ten tournament, with...

Freshman guard Stephon Sharp protects the ball from Wisconsin at Williams Arena on Wednesday, Mar. 2.

Sharp steps up for depleted Gophers

March 9, 2016

The suspension of three guards for the season has allowed another player a great deal more playing time.   Freshman walk-on Stephon Sharp has started the Gophers last three games since Nate Mason,...

Freshman Stephon Sharp guards the ball from Wisconsin at Williams Arena on Wednesday.

Depleted Gophers blown out by Rutgers

March 7, 2016

The Gophers disappointing regular season ended with a large thud.     Minnesota, short another key player, lost 75-52 on the road to Rutgers on Saturday. The victory was the Scarlet Knights’...

Gophers forward Joey King blocks Wisconsin during his final game in Williams Arena on Wednesday night.

Shorthanded Gophers lose to Badgers

March 3, 2016

The Gophers dug themselves a large hole in their final game of the regular season and couldn’t dig out of it.     Minnesota lost 62-49 to Wisconsin on Wednesday night at Williams Arena...

Freshman guards Dupree McBrayer, left, and Kevin Dorsey defend against Rutgers at Williams Arena on Feb. 23. McBrayer and Dorsey were suspended from play for the remainder of the season along with sophomore guard Nate Mason by head coach Richard Pitino on Tuesday.

Three players suspended for rest of year

March 2, 2016

Guards Nate Mason, Dupree McBrayer and Kevin Dorsey all ended their seasons early on Tuesday.Head coach Richard Pitino announced the three would be suspended the remainder of the year. All three were suspended...

Shorthanded Gophers collapse in second half for loss

February 29, 2016

The Gophers, with three players on the bench, fell apart in the second half Sunday to end their two-game winning streak.   Minnesota led by eight points at halftime but lost 84-71 to Illinois...

Senior Goaner Deng crosses the finish line of the men's 400-meter relay race at the University of Minnesota Field House on Jan. 23.

Gophers men’s team third at Big Ten meet

February 29, 2016

The Gophers men’s track and field team had a strong showing at the 2016 Big Ten Indoor Championships, taking third with 72 points.     The Gophers were in 11th place as a team after the...

Minnesota guard Kevin Dorsey pushes toward the net at Williams Arena on Tuesday night, when the Gophers defeated Rutgers 83-61.

Freshmen assist first Big Ten victories

February 25, 2016

The Gophers freshmen class earned its first Big Ten victory on Feb. 18 against Maryland, which also led to the first court rush of the group’s careers.     The rookies have been asked...

Goaner Deng crosses the finish line of the men's 400-meter relay race at the University of Minnesota Field House on Jan. 23.

Deng finds home in 800-meter run

February 25, 2016

Goaner Deng is off to a good start to his senior year on Minnesota’s track and field team, and it’s all by design.     Deng, one of the team’s captains, runs the 800 meters...

Minnesota guard Kevin Dorsey pushes towards the net at Williams Arena on Tuesday night where the Gophers defeated Rutgers 83-61.

Gophers win second in a row

February 24, 2016

For the first time since November, the Gophers have a winning streak.     Minnesota won its second consecutive game Tuesday night at Williams Arena, defeating Rutgers 83-61 with an...

Minnesota forward Joey King pushes through Indiana's defense at Williams Arena on Jan. 16, when the Gophers lost to the Hoosiers 70-63.

Minnesota hopes to build off upset

February 23, 2016

The Gophers have a reason to remain positive late in the season.     The 68-63 upset victory over Maryland Thursday night at home snapped a 14-game losing streak and allowed the team’s...

Men’s team earns five titles at Snowshoe Open

February 22, 2016

The Minnesota men’s track and field team ended their indoor home schedule with five event titles on Friday at the Snowshoe Open.     Senior Goaner Deng won the 800-meter run with...

Gophers senior Carlos Morris runs the ball down the court at Williams Arena on Wednesday, Feb 10.

Morris taken off U’s roster

February 18, 2016

Senior guard Carlos Morris has been taken off the Gophers basketball team, head coach Richard Pitino announced Wednesday.     The reason for the senior guard’s dismissal was “conduct...

Minnesota ends losing streak with court storming

February 18, 2016

The Gophers two month losing streak ended with a court storming.Minnesota upset No. 6 Maryland 68-63 in front of a crowd of 10,768 Thursday night at Williams Arena, picking up the team’s first Big Ten...

Freshman guard Dupree McBrayer drives towards the basket at Williams Arena on Jan. 27.

Young guards developing amid losing streak

February 18, 2016

The Gophers’ younger guards have played a lot of minutes during a disappointing season, but their growth is one of the team’s only silver linings.     Sophomore Nate Mason and freshmen...

Markland sets new record in 400 meters

February 15, 2016

Titania Markland broke the program record in the 400-meter run to pace the Gophers at the Iowa State Classic.     The junior ran the event in 54.34 seconds, beating the previous record by only...

Gophers sophomore Nate Mason runs the ball down the court in Williams Arena, where Minnesota fell to Michigan State 82-74 on Wednesday night.

Wolverines shoot their way past Minnesota

February 11, 2016

Once again, the Gophers came close to their first Big Ten victory but stumbled in the game’s final minutes.     Minnesota used a second-half surge to pull within two points of Michigan...

Minnesota forward Joey King pushes through Indiana’s defense at Williams Arena on Saturday, Jan. 16 where the Gophers lost to the Hoosiers 70-63.

Gophers defense digging large holes

February 10, 2016

The Gophers struggle to get stops on the floor, and that’s one reason why the team’s losing streak hasn’t ended.     Minnesota is now up to 12 consecutive losses, thanks in...

Gopher forward Jordan Murphy handles the ball Saturday, Jan. 23 at Williams Arena where the Gophers were defeated 71-76 in overtime.

Wildcats dominate Gophers

February 8, 2016

The Gophers started playing competitively in recent games despite a long losing streak, but they fell with a loud thud Thursday night. Minnesota lost to Northwestern 82-58 in Evanston, Ill.,...

Women’s team strong at Meyo Invite in Ind.

February 8, 2016

The women’s track and field team kept setting records over the weekend in South Bend, Ind.     Minnesota set 19 season-best and 11 career-best marks in the two-day meet and won two event...

Freshman guard Dupree McBrayer drives towards the basket at Williams Arena on Jan. 27.

McBrayer growing his game as a starter

February 4, 2016

In the midst of the Gophers’ long losing streak, some of the team’s younger players are providing glimmers of hope.     One of those bright spots has been freshman guard Dupree McBrayer,...

Beckman twins stick together in final year

February 4, 2016

Gophers redshirt seniors Alex and Amanda Beckman grew up together, attended class together and appeared on Minnesota’s record books together.     The twin sisters both compete in the pentathlon...

Junior Titania Markland crosses the finish line, placing first in the 400 meter dash during the Jack Johnson Classic at the Field House on Saturday.

Men’s team first in seven events

February 1, 2016

Senior Gemechu Godi won the first event of the Jack Johnson Classic over the weekend, and the rest of his team didn’t slow down after that.     Godi took first place in the 200-meter dash on...

Late lead slips away from Minnesota

February 1, 2016

Players fumbling in the final minutes of the game once again kept the Gophers from picking up their first conference victory this season.     Minnesota’s guards scored a combined 50 points...

Freshman guard Dupree McBrayer drives towards the basket at Williams Arena on Wednesday night where Minnesota was defeated by Purdue 68-64.

Losing streak extends to double digits

January 28, 2016

The Gophers losing streak climbed to 10 on Wednesday night, after a 68-64 loss to No. 21 Purdue at Williams Arena.     Sophomore guard Nate Mason had a double-double in the loss, with 15 points...

Markland journeys miles to Minnesota

January 28, 2016

Titania Markland wants to eventually make the Jamaican Olympic track and field team, and she’s moved more than 2,000 miles to keep working toward that goal.     “In the beginning,...

Gopher guard Nate Mason drives to the basket against Illinois guard Jaylon Tate Saturday night at Williams Arena where the Gophers were defeated 71-76 in overtime. Mason ended the game with 19 points, scoring 14 in the second half.

Losing streak makes Minnesota search for answers

January 27, 2016

The Gophers are in the middle of one of the worst stretches in team history, and head coach Richard Pitino is bringing in outside help to re-inspire the team.     In the midst of a nine-game...

Forward Gaston Diedhiou consoles freshman guard Dupree McBrayer during the overtime period at Williams Arena Saturday evening. The Gophers fell to Illinois, with a final score of 71-76.

Gophers drop the ball in eighth straight Big Ten loss

January 25, 2016

It took a late collapse, but the Gophers managed to keep their long losing streak alive.     An overtime 76-71 loss to Illinois at Williams Arena on Saturday extended the team’s...

The Gophers men's track team celebrates after sweeping the Badgers on Saturday at the Field House for the second-annual Minnesota-Wisconsin Dual.

Minnesota defeats Wisconsin in dual

January 25, 2016

For the second year in a row, the women’s track team defeated Wisconsin in a dual meet.     The Gophers won 10 events in the second annual meet on Saturday at the University of...

Gophers guard Carlos Morris plays defense at Williams Arena on Nov. 13.

Gophers fall to Wolverines in Ann Arbor

January 21, 2016

The Gophers played with effort again but couldn’t prevent another loss.     Minnesota pushed its losing streak to eight games Wednesday night with a 74-67 loss to Michigan on...

Rivalry takes to track

January 21, 2016

The season is young, but the Gophers are already looking at a familiar foe.     Minnesota and Wisconsin are set for a dual meet on Saturday, only the second annual meet between the two...

Minnesota forward Joey King pushes through Indiana’s defense at Williams Arena on Saturday where the Gophers lost to the Hoosiers 70-63.

Gophers continue to spiral in the Big Ten

January 18, 2016

The Gophers futile start to Big Ten play continued on Saturday, as the team extended its losing streak to seven.     Minnesota lost 70-63 to Indiana at home, giving the Gophers a 0-6 start...

Minnesota guard Nate Mason drives the ball to the basket in the second half against the University of Wisconsin-Madison on Feb. 21, 2015 in Madison, Wis.

Gophers try to talk it out

December 16, 2015

The Gophers have struggled this season to find a groove because of a lack of talking.   During Minnesota’s three-game losing streak, the team wasn’t conversing much on either end of the...

Gophers forward Jordan Murphy moves the ball around the Clemson Tigers in Williams Arena on Nov. 11.

Cowboys defeat Gophers

December 14, 2015

The venue changed, but the Gophers still couldn’t exorcise their South Dakota demons.   Minnesota fell to 5-5 on the year after a 62-60 loss  to Oklahoma State in Sioux Falls, S.D., on...

Freshman forward guard Jordan Murphy watches the Gophers play against South Dakota State in Williams Arena on Tuesday night.

Murphy providing a spark as a freshman

December 10, 2015

The Gophers have found themselves in a rut in the nonconference schedule, but Jordan Murphy has been one bright spot for the team so far.   The rookie was Minnesota’s best offensive threat...

Gophers guard Nate Mason takes a shot against South Dakota State in Williams Arena on Tuesday night.

South Dakota State routs Minnesota at Williams

December 9, 2015

The Gophers lost their second straight game at home Tuesday night to another team from South Dakota.   South Dakota State blew out Minnesota 84-70, in a game the Jackrabbits never trailed.   “It’s...