Liz Berkholtz
Liz  Berkholtz

RS Senior

Sun Prairie, Wis.

High School:
Sun Prairie HS



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Season Recap: A Look Back at 2016

Look back at the Gophers' B1G Championship season and the rest of the team's 2016 campaign


Gophers Add Three More All-Americans

Jess Lehman, Agnes Esser, and Shanique Wright earned All-American honors on Saturday at the NCAA Championship


Two Gophers Earn All-American Accolades

Nicolle Murphy and Lyndsey Thorpe earned First Team All-American honors at the NCAA Championship Thursday evening


Minnesota Sends Eight to NCAA Meet

Eight Golden Gophers are set to compete at the 2016 NCAA Championship this week


Gophers Earn Academic Big Ten Honors

The Gophers totaled 283 Academic All-Big Ten honorees for the 2015-16 academic year.


2016 NCAA Women's Track Championship

Photos of Gophers at the 2016 NCAA Women's Outdoor Track & Field Championship by Walt Middleton.


2016 Big Ten Women's Track Championship Day One

Photos from day one of the 2016 Big Ten Conference Women's Track & Field Championship. Photos by Becky Miller.


Women Track at Minnesota Open

Gophers host Minnesota Open Meet


W. Track Big Ten Outdoor Championships May 2015

Photos of Gopher Women's Track & Field at the Big Ten Outdoor Championships in May 15-17, 2015. Photos by Walt Middleton.


W. Track Big Ten Indoor Championships February 2015

Photos of Gopher Women's Track & Field at the Big Ten Indoor Championships on February 27, 2015.

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2016 Season - Indoor: Ran six races with career-best times in the mile (4:59.80), 3,000m (9:19.79), and 5,000m (16:16.60) • won the mile at the Minnesota Open in 4:59.80 • ran the second-fastest 3,000m time ever by a Gopher to finish fourth at the ISU Classic in 9:19.79 • placed fifth in the 5,000m (16:16.60) and eighth in the 3,000m (9:28.93) at the Big Ten Championship • moved into fourth in program history in the 5,000m • placed second at the Minnesota-Wisconsin Dual in the 3,000m (9:37.15) • won the 5,000m at the Meyo Invite in 16:37.77.

2016 Season - Outdoor: Named All-Big Ten Second Team, CoSIDA Academic All-District, and Academic All-Big Ten honoree • NCAA Championship qualifier in the 10,000m • ran eight races with appearances in the 1,500m, 5,000m, and 10,000m • placed 22nd in the 10,000m (34:18.29) at the NCAA Championship • advanced to the NCAA Championship with a ninth-place finish in the 10,000m (34:28.58) at the NCAA West Prelim • finished as runner-up in the 10,000m (34:21.89) and placed sixth in the 5,000m (season-best 16:40.08) at the Big Ten Championship • ran a season-best 4:29.58 as runner-up in the unseeded section of the 1,500m at the Sun Angel Classic • placed third in the 10,000m (34:14.01) at the Virginia Challenge.

2015 Season - Indoor: Ran two races • placed 10th in the 5,000m at the Big Ten Championship in a season-best 16:41.14 • placed 25th in the 5,000m at the ISU Classic in 16:52.16.

2015 Season - Outdoor: Named USTFCCCA All-Academic team honoree and Academic All-Big Ten honoree • ran eight races • recorded career-best times in the 1,500m (4:28.85) and 5,000m (16:26.17) • placed eighth in the 10,000m at the Big Ten Championship in a season-best 34:55.80 • placed seventh in the 1,500m at the John McDonnell Invite in a career-best 4:28.85 • won the 3,000m (10:07.12) at the Jaguar Challenge • moved into seventh all-time in the 5,000m with a fourth-place finish in a career-best 16:26.17 at the Drake Relays • placed 39th in the 5,000m at the NCAA West Prelim (17:13.40) • ran on fifth-place 4x1,600m relay team at Drake Relays to rank 10th all-time (19:24.88).

2014 Season - Indoor: Ran career-best times in three events • ran indoor career-best 5:03.65 in the mile at the Jack Johnson Classic • recorded personal best and took seventh in the 3,000m at the Bill Bergan Invite (9:39.30) • ran a career-best 16:26.48 in the 5,000m to place fifth at Big Tens and rank as the fifth-best Gopher all-time in the 5,000m.

2014 Season - Outdoor: Named USTFCCCA All-Academic honoree, Big Ten Distinguished Scholar, and Academic All-Big Ten honoree • ran six races • ran outdoor career bests in the 1,500m (4:39.30), 5,000m (16:33.72) and 10,000m (34:12.67) • finished 22nd in the 10,000m (35:14.42) at the NCAA West Prelims • finished the outdoor season ranked sixth in Gopher history in the 10,000m, clocking a 34:12.67 to place 31st at Stanford Invitational • finished fourth in the 10,000m (34:19.20) and 14th in the 5,000m (16:45.07) at Big Tens • finished sixth in the 5,000m in a career-best 16:33.72 at Drake Relays • placed seventh in 1,500m (4:39.30) at Musco Twilight.

2013 Season - Indoor: Finished 19th in the 5,000m at the Big Ten Championships (16:56.31) • won the unseeded 3,000m with a personal-record time of 9:45.82 at the Iowa State Classic • finished ninth in the 5,000m at the Meyo Invitational (16:57.16).

2013 Season - Outdoor: Named USTFCCCA All-Academic honoree • finished 25th in the 10,000m at the NCAA West Preliminary Round (36:42.61) • finished seventh in the 10,000m at the Big Ten Championships in 35:11.12, the 10th-best time in school history • ran her season-best 5,000m time of 16:42.59 at Stanford • finished 10th in the 5,000m at the Drake Relays • finished fifth in the 3,000m at the Musco Twilight (9:46.87).

2012 Season: Redshirted the 2011 cross country season and the 2012 indoor and outdoor track & field seasons.

High School: A 2011 graduate of Sun Prairie High School • high school coaches were Paul Frank, Steve Riggins and Doug Maughan • four-time cross country state meet qualifier • three-time Big 8 Conference cross country champion • three-time all-state honoree in cross country • earned career-best sixth-place finish (14:45) at cross country state meet as a senior after placing eighth as a junior • Big 8 Conference champion in the 1,600m and 3,200m run her sophomore, junior and senior seasons • six-time state qualifier in track • WIAA DI state champion in the 1,600m (5:05) and 3,200m (10:52) as a senior • state runner-up in the 3,200m as a sophomore • was named the team's most outstanding freshman, sophomore and junior in track • named MVP as a senior • led her team to three consecutive conference, regional, and sectional track titles • academic all-state honoree • graduated with a 3.94 GPA and was in the top four percent of her class • National Honor Society member.

Personal: Born December 11, 1992 • completed her undergraduate degree in psychology with a minor in neuroscience • enrolled in a graduate certificate program in addiction studies • daughter of Michele and Richard Berkholtz • has three siblings, Stephanie, Thomas, and Ricky • enjoys spending time with family and friends.

Berkholtz's Indoor Career Bests (2016 Final)
Event Mark (All-Time Rank) Meet (Date)
Mile 4:59.80 Minnesota Open (1/16/16)
3,000m 9:19.79 (AT-2nd) ISU Classic (2/12/16)
5,000m 16:16.60 (AT-4th) Big Tens (2/27/16)
Berkholtz's Outdoor Career Bests (2016 Final)
Event Mark (All-Time Rank) Meet (Date)
1,500m 4:28.85 John McDonnell Invitational (4/11/15)
3,000m 9:46.87 Musco Twilight (4/20/13)
5,000m 16:26.17 (AT-7th) Drake Relays (4/23/15)
10,000m 34:12.67 (AT-6th) Stanford Invitational (4/4/14)


Wright Advances to Triple Jump Final


Shanique Wright is representing her native Jamaica at the 2016 IAAF World U20 Championships this week.

Wright Heads to IAAF World U20 Championships


Shanique Wright will represent her native Jamaica in triple jump in IAAF World U20 Championships in Bydgoszcz, Poland this weekend.

Esser Takes Bronze at NACAC U23 Championship


Agnes Esser finished third in both the hammer throw and discus at the NACAC U23 Championships Friday.

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