Women's track and field leads the way with 45 recognized individuals
Minnesota hosted its final home meet of the season.
Minnesota improves fall Academic All-Big Ten total by 11
Minnesota closes out the regular portion of the indoor season
2012 Season - Indoor: Placed 10th at the Iowa State Classic in the mile run (4:59.27) took fourth in the 1,000 meters at the Parents Day Open. Outdoor: Ran her fastest 1,500-meter race of the season at the Arkansas Invitational (4:43.28) finished sixth in the 1,500m at the Holst Invitational (4:56.35).
2011 Season - Indoor: Won the Parents Day Open in the 1,000 meters with a time of 3:02.23 took third at the Minnesota Open (2:59.58) ran the mile run at the ISU Classic and finished with a time of 5:06.84ran a 5:22.05 at the Jack Johnson ClassicOutdoor:competed at the Musco Twilight in the 1,500 meters and finished with a time 4:56.64
2010 Season:Redshirted the indoor and outdoor seasons.
High School:A 2009 graduate of Minnetonka High School · high school coach was Jane Reimer-Morgan · two-time all-state in cross country · placed 24th in 2008 Minnesota Class AA Cross Country Championships · three-time all-state track honoree · anchored state champion 4x800-meter relay as a senior · relay was state runner-up in 2008 · ran best of 2:16 in 800 meters.
Personal:Born April 19, 1990 · given name is Melissa · majoring in family social science with a minor in communication and leadership · parents are David and Angel Valle · guardians are Keith and Mary Pickering · has siblings: Camron, Kenndie, Rikki, Scotty, Jasmin, Trent, Jennifer and Jimmy.
Freshhman Friday: Sam Baer
Get to know Gophers rookie Sam Baer, a distance runner from St. Louis Park, Minn.
Warm-Up Lap: Q&A with Kelli Schmidt
Get to know Gophers redshirt freshman Kelli Schmidt, a distance runner from Wilmette, Ill.
Freshman Friday: Tate Sweeney
Rookie Tate Sweeney shares how she first got into running, her goals for the season, and how she chose Minnesota.