The Gophers men's track and field team dominated its indoor season opener Saturday, winning 14 individual titles at the Northwest Open at the University of Minnesota.
"We had a lot of guys come out and give us great efforts for the first meet of the season, and hopefully that will set the tone for the entire season," coach Steve Plasencia said. "We've got a big dual coming up next at Wisconsin, and I know our guys are really looking forward to competing in the border battle."
Brad Neumann, a native of Peshtigo, Wis., set a personal best of 6.84 seconds to win the 60-meter dash, then followed the performance with a victory in the 200 meters, in 21.87.
Mitch Hechsel of Apple Valley set a Northwest Open record of 1:18.73 in winning the 600 meters. Gophers runners finished 1-2-3 in the race, with Bradley Johnson (1:19.98) and Jeffrey Cottrell (1:20.66) following Hechsel.
Nate Roese (48.47) and Rashawn Fountain (49.06) finished first and second, respectively, in the 400 meters while Derek Wiebke (1:53.33), Tony Joyer (1:55.35) and Michael Bolland (2:00.88) were the top three finishers in the 800. Senior captain Blayne Dulian was one of two team leaders to pick up a title Saturday — winning the 3,000 meters (8:27.16). Fellow senior captain Justin Barber also picked up a win in the weight throw with a toss of 19.59 meters (64 feet, 3¼ inches).
•Kyle Pallin of Ironwood, Mich., won the pro open race Saturday night in the Amsoil Championship Snocross event at Canterbury Park. Tucker Hibbert of Pelican Rapids, Minn., finished second and retained the season points lead.
•Miles Thompson scored three goals and had an assist, helping the Minnesota Swarm win 14-10 in a National League Lacrosse game Saturday at Edmonton. The Swarm and Edmonton are both 1-1.
•The Gophers, ranked 17th in the nation, opened the women's gymnastics season with a home victory, beating No. 25 Iowa State 194.950-193.475.