Missa Varpness
Missa Varpness


Montevideo, Minn.

High School:
Montevideo HS

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

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


Griak Rosters

Griak Rosters


Minnesota Perfect at Oz Memorial

Minnesota Perfect at Oz Memorial


Laura Docherty wins Intrasquad Race

The Golden Gophers kicked off the 2012 season with the annual Intrasquad Meet


Gopher Cross Country Team Set to Begin Season

2012 Season Outlook


G-60: Missa Varpness

Missa Varpness is the latest subject of the G-60 series.

2012 Junior Season: Ran a season-best time of 22:36.94 at the Oz Memorial, finishing 11th • also finished 11th at the SDSU Classic.

2011 Sophomore Season: Competed in four meets • represented the Gophers at the Big Ten Championships, finishing in 95th place and ninth on the team (22:45) • clocked 23:39 at the Wisconsin Adidas Invite and finished as Minnesota's seventh-best runner • took second place overall at the SDSU Invite 5k (17:32.5) • raced the Roy Griak Invitational in 21:48.00, good for fifth among all Gophers

2010 · Redshirt Freshman Season: With a 19th-place finish at the Midwest Region meet, earned all-region honors · Second Team All-Big Ten honoree after running a season-best time of 20:38.4 at the Big Ten meet to finish 11th overall and second among Gopher runners · Academic All-Big Ten · recipient of the team's Rookie of the Year award · letterwinner.

2009 · Freshman Season: Redshirted the season.

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 Soical Science · daughter of Lee and Sue Varpress · has brothers Jameson and Joe and sister Mollie · enjoys cooking, reading, music, the outdoors, and spending time with her bunker.


Gophers Earn Top-20 NCAA Finish


Minnesota finished 18th in the team race for its highest NCAA finish since 2009.

Berkholtz Honored By USATF Minnesota


Senior Liz Berkholtz was named the USATF Minnesota Female Athlete of the Month for October.

No. 23 Gophers Head to NCAA Championship


Fifth-year seniors Liz Berkholtz and Kaila Urick lead Minnesota into its 11th-straight NCAA Championship this weekend.

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