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)


Ramacher Named B1G Freshman of the Year

Ramacher Named B1G Freshman of the Year

6/13/2018 - W. Track & Field

Gophers redshirt freshman Ashley Ramacher has been named the Big Ten Conference Freshman of the Year.

Gophers Take 12th in Program of the Year Race

Gophers Take 12th in Program of the Year Race

6/12/2018 - W. Track & Field

Minnesota was one of 15 NCAA Division I women's programs honored by the USTFCCCA in this year's Program of the Year standings.

Gophers Total 13 All-America Honors

Gophers Total 13 All-America Honors

6/11/2018 - W. Track & Field

The Minnesota women's track & field team earned 13 All-America accolades as the USTFCCCA announced award recipients.

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