Liz Berkholtz
Liz Berkholtz

RS Senior

Sun Prairie, Wis.

High School:
Sun Prairie HS



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USTFCCCA Honors Gophers for Academics

Eighteen Gophers have been named 2015 USTFCCCA All-Academic honorees


Season Recap: A Look Back at 2015

Take a look back at Minnesota's 2015 track & field season


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Markland, Spagnola Break Program Records

Minnesota program records fell in the 400m dash and 100m hurdles on day two of the NCAA West Prelim


Gophers Head to Texas for NCAA Prelim

Eighteen Gophers will represent the Maroon & Gold at the NCAA West Prelim this week

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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 Iowa State Classic in 16:52.16.

2015 Season - Outdoor: 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) • USTFCCCA All-Academic team honoree, Academic All-Big Ten honoree.

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: 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 • Academic All-Big Ten honoree • USTFCCCA All-Academic honoree.

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: 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) • USTFCCCA All-Academic honoree.

2012 Season: Redshirted the 2011 cross country season and the 2012 indoor and outdoor track 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 (2015 Final)
Event Mark (All-Time Rank) Meet (Date)
Mile 5:03.65 Jack Johnson Classic (1/24-25/14)
3,000m 9:39.30 Bill Bergan Invite (1/31-2/1/14)
5,000m 16:26.48 (AT-5th) Big Tens (2/28-3/1/14)
Berkholtz's Outdoor Career Bests (2015 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)


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