Missa Varpness
Missa  Varpness


Montevideo, Minn.

High School:
Montevideo HS



Minnesota Places 167 Student-Athletes On Spring Academic All-Big Ten Teams

Women's track and field leads the way with 45 recognized individuals


Gophers Claim Six Event Titles at LSU, Iowa

Minnesota also turned in several PRs and top-10 performances.


Gophers Win Five Events, Loberg Wins High Jump Crown

Minnesota swept the top-five spots in the 1,500-meter run with Laura Docherty taking first.


Gophers Claim First in Six Events at Arkansas Spring Invitational

Todea-Kay Willis post the seventh fastest 100-meter dash time in school history.


Gophers Win Eight Events, Recognize Seniors at Parents Day Open

Minnesota hosted its final home meet of the season.

Career Highlights: Ranks eighth all-time in the indoor 3,000m and outdoor 5,000m.

2013 Season - Indoor: Posted a season-best mile time of 4:54.06 at the Big Ten Championships • won the mile at the Parents Day Open • finished third in the unseeded 3,000 meters with a season-best time of 9:48.14 at the Iowa State Classic. Outdoor: Finished 18th in the 10,000 meters at the Big Ten Championships (36:22.34) • finished 12th in the 5,000m at the Drake Relays (16:59.24) • third in the 3,000m at the Arkansas Invite (9:50.52) • second in the 1,500m at the Musco Twilight (4:30.43) • Academic All-Big Ten.

2012 Season - Indoor: Placed seventh in the Jack Johnson Classic mile (4:59.17) • ran 4:58.28 in the Iowa State Classic mile, good for seventh place • took fourth at the Northwest Open 3,000 meters (10:12.65).

2011 Season-Indoor: Placed second in the 1,000m at the Meyo Inv. (2:49.90) • finished fourth in the 3,000m at the Iowa State Classic with a time of 9:29.86 • placed eighth at the Big Ten championships (9:38.96) in the 3,000m.Outdoor:best time in the 5,000m came at the Mt. Sac Open where she ran a 16:31.17 • finished 15th at the Big Ten championships (16:55.76) • qualified for the NCAA West Prelims in the 5,000m.

2010 Season: Redshirted the indoor and outdoor seasons.

High School: A 2009 graduate of Montevideo High School · high school coach was Sue Heikes · 2008 and 2009 Minnesota Division 1 state champion in the 800 meters · 800m state runner-up in 2007 · four-time all-state track honoree · state runner-up in 1,600m as a senior (5:10.38) · ran high school best of 2:14.42 in 800 meters · did not compete in cross country · five-time letterwinner in track and swimming · also participated in band, choir and speech · a member of the National Honor Society.

Personal: Born July 20, 1990 · given name is Melissa ·majoring in Family Social Science · daughter of Lee and Sue Varpness · has brothers Jameson and Joe and sister Mollie · enjoys cooking, reading and spending time at the lake.

Event Time (All-Time Rank)
1,500m, Outdoor 4:26.95 Bulls Inv. (3/18/11)
Mile, Indoor 4:54.06 Big Ten (2/22/13)
3,000m, Indoor 9:29.86 (8th) ISU Classic (2011)
5,000m, Outdoor 16:31.17 (8th) Mt. SAC (2011)
10,000m, Outdoor 36:22.34 Big Ten (5/10/13)


Gophers Race at Drake Relays Distance Carnival

Gophers Race at Drake Relays Distance Carnival

4/26/2018 - W. Track & Field

Molly Eastman and Paige Peschel led the Golden Gophers at the Drake Relays on Thursday night.

Warm-Up Lap: Q&A with Lindsey Smits

Warm-Up Lap: Q&A with Lindsey Smits

4/25/2018 - W. Track & Field

Get to know Gophers redshirt junior Lindsey Smits after she ran a season-best time in the 400m hurdles last weekend.

No. 10 Gophers Back in Action

No. 10 Gophers Back in Action

4/24/2018 - W. Track & Field

Minnesota will once again split the team at multiple competitions this week in the team's final tune-up before the Big Ten Championship.

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