The Gophers' Luca Wieland, a sophomore from Berlin, won the heptathlon on Saturday at the NCAA indoor track and field championships in Fayetteville, Ark.
Wieland had a score of 6,070 points, the eighth highest by a college athlete, but a mere two points more than Garrett Scantling of Georgia. His score also broke the program record of 5,769 he set in winning the Big Ten heptathlon two weeks ago.
Said Wieland, "Winning a national championship and breaking 6,000 is just incredible."
After two seconds, a third and a fourth on Day 1, Wieland placed fourth in the 60-meter hurdles (8.13 seconds), seventh in the pole vault (15-7) and, in the last event, seventh in the 1,000 (2:45.35) less than a second behind Scantling who was sixth.
• In the pentathlon, junior Jess Herauf of the Gophers placed fifth. Her score of 4,372 was a program record.
Swarm loses in final minute
New England scored with 28 seconds left to beat the Minnesota Swarm 10-9 at the Xcel Energy Center in a National Lacrosse League match. Dean Hill had three goals for the Swarm; his third tied the score at 9 with 2:39 to play.
Jordan MacIntosh scored twice for the home team, which led 6-3 early in the third period before the Black Wolves got the next six goals.
• The St. Thomas women's hockey team lost 4-1 to top-ranked Plattsburgh (N.Y.) St. in the quarterfinals of the NCAA Division III quarterfinals. The unranked Tommies finish 14-10-4. Taylor Neisen made 25 saves for the Tommies, Tori Bailey scored a late goal.
• Tyler Walker went 3-for-3 with two runs scored and one RBI to lead the Gophers softball team to a 3-1 win at Fresno State. Sara Groenewegen threw a six-hitter for Minnesota (21-4) and struck out eight.
• The Gophers women's gymnastics team finished third — behind Michigan and Penn State — in a five-team qualifier at the Sports Pavilion for the Big Ten meet. The top three teams will be in the second session of the conference championships next Saturday at Michigan. Junior Lindsay Mable of the Gophers took first in floor exercise (9.925) and tied for first in vault (9.950).