Samantha Sonnenberg
Samantha Sonnenberg


Waukesha, Wis.

High School:
Waukesha South HS

Pole Vault



Gophers Head to UW La Crosse Eagle Open

Many of the Gophers will compete in their final meet of the season this weekend


Murgic Sets Career Best to Lead Gophers

Murgic cleared a career-best 4.15m (13-07.25) in pole vault at Hamline on Saturday


Brooks Wins B1G 600m, Gophers Take Fourth

Senior Alena Brooks leads the Gophers to a fourth-place B1G team finish

Career Highlights: A 2010 NCAA indoor pole vault All-American • a 2008 and 2009 NCAA Midwest Region Championships competitor in the pole vault • 2009 and 2010 All-Big Ten Second Team • ranks second indoor (14-1 1/4) and outdoor (13-6 1/4) on the Gophers' pole vault top-10 lists.

2010 Season - Indoor: All-American • placed seventh at the NCAA Championships with a career-best height of 14-1 1/4, the second-best leap in school history • All-Big Ten Second Team • conference runner-up with a height of 13-9 1/4 • improved on her career best five times during the season. Outdoor: NCAA West Prelim competitor • placed fifth at the Big Ten Championships (12-9 1/2) • won the Sun Angel Classic with career outdoor best of 13-6 1/4 • height ranks second in Gopher history • Drake Relays runner-up • earned third varsity letter.

2009 Season - Indoor: All-Big Ten Second Team • vaulted to runner-up honors with a career-best leap of 13-4 1/4 (4.07m) • an NCAA provisional qualifier • vaulted in eight meets. Outdoor: An NCAA Midwest Region Championships participant • placed fifth in the Big Ten Championships (12-11 1/2) • cleared a career-best of 13-1 1/2, fourth in Gopher history, at the Hamline Twilight Meet • earned second varsity letter.

2008 Season - Indoor: placed second in the pole vault at the Big Ten Championships (13-4 1/4) and Iowa State Qualifier (13-1 1/2), provisional NCAA qualifier • placed second at the Northwest Open • placed third at the Jack Johnson Classic. Outdoor: placed second at the Hamline Twilight (13-1 1/2), Tiger Classic (12-7 1/2), and Bulls Inv. (tied 12-7 1/2), NCAA Regional qualifier • placed second at the Hamline Unsaintly • NCAA regional qualifier at the Big Ten Championships with a fifth place vault of 12-11 1/2 and at the Minnesota Open with a third place vault of 12-7 1/2 • placed eleventh at the NCAA Midwest Region.

High School: A 2006 graduate of Waukesha South High School • high school coach was Eric Lehmann • 2005 Wisconsin Division I third-place finisher in pole vault • cleared a personal-best of 12-6 in winning 2006 Classic 8 Conference indoor title • four-year letterwinner.

Personal: Born Feb. 10, 1988 • undecided on a major • daughter of William and Barbra Sonnenberg • father played football at Wisconsin • competed in gymnastics for 14 years • has older siblings, Scott and Erica • enjoys dance and choir.


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Gophers alum Kate Bucknam is one of four 2014-15 NCAA Student-Athlete Sportsmanship Awards recipients.

Gophers Announce 2016 Track Schedule


The Gophers host the Minnesota-Wisconsin Dual on Jan. 23 to highlight the 2016 indoor season.

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