High School: A 2017 graduate of Hopkins High School where she ran for coach Mike Harris • cross country and track & field letterwinner for the Royals • three-time all-conference and two-time all-section honoree in cross country • three-time Minnesota Class AA State Cross Country Championship individual qualifier who placed 101st as a senior (20:28.9 for 5K), took 67th as a junior (19:28.5 for 5K), and came in 124th as a freshman (16:00.2 for 4K) • two-time all-conference, three-time all-section, and 2015 all-state honoree in track & field • 2015 Lake Conference champion in the 1600m • ranks second in school history in the 1600m (2015) and 3200m (2017) • placed eighth in the 1,600m (5:02.18) at the 2015 Minnesota Class AA State Track & Field Championship as a sophomore • ran on Hopkins' fifth-place 4x800m relay team at the state meet as a freshman in 2014.
Personal: Born August 9, 1998 • daughter of Janis and Barney Klecker • has five siblings, Mary, John, Sarah, Joe, and James • full name is Elizabeth Ruth Klecker • intends to study graphic design • father Barney ran cross country and track at UW-Stout and mother Janis ran cross country for the Gophers • joins older sister Sarah in competing for the Gophers • brother John ran cross country and track at Augustana College, sister Mary ran cross country and track at Augsburg College, and brother Joe runs cross country and track at the University of Colorado • enjoys film and digital photography • graduated with academic honors.
Groundbreaking for T&F Stadium Set for Friday
The University of Minnesota and Gopher Athletics will break ground on the new outdoor track & field facility on Friday, Oct. 20, at 11 a.m. CT.
Freshman Friday: Molly Roach
Get to know Gophers rookie Molly Roach, a mid-distance runner from Bloomington, Minn.
Warm-Up Lap: Q&A with Elyse Prescott
Sophomore Elyse Prescott checks in before the Gophers travel to the Nuttycombe Wisconsin Invitational this week.