Liz Berkholtz
Liz  Berkholtz

Class:
RS Senior

Hometown:
Sun Prairie, Wis.

High School:
Sun Prairie HS

Event:
Distance

Birthdate:
12/11/1992

Experience:
4 Letters


07/28/2016

Gophers Earn NCAA-Best 23 Academic Honors

Minnesota and Stanford each earned 23 USTFCCCA All-Academic individuals to lead NCAA Division I

06/21/2016

Season Recap: A Look Back at 2016

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

06/11/2016

Gophers Add Three More All-Americans

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

06/09/2016

Two Gophers Earn All-American Accolades

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

06/07/2016

Minnesota Sends Eight to NCAA Meet

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

06/10/2016

2016 NCAA Women's Track Championship

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

05/14/2016

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.

01/16/2016

Women Track at Minnesota Open

Gophers host Minnesota Open Meet

07/22/2015

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.

07/21/2015

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.

Photo Gallery

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, USTFCCCA All-Academic team honoree, Big Ten Distinguished Scholar, 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)

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