Bit Klecker
Bit  Klecker


Hopkins, Minn.

High School:
Hopkins HS




No. 10 Gophers Back in Action

Minnesota will once again split the team at multiple competitions this week in the team's final tune-up before the Big Ten Championship


2018 Season – Indoor: Ran five races while competing unattached.

2018 Season – Outdoor: Ran four races while competing unattached.

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.

Klecker's Indoor Career Bests (2018 Final)
Event Mark Meet (Date)
Mile 5:17.49 (UA) UST Showcase (2/9/18)
3,000m 10:37.96 (UA) Jack Johnson Classic (1/27/18)
Klecker's Outdoor Career Bests (2018 Final)
Event Mark Meet (Date)
1,500m 4:54.72 (UA) UW-La Crosse (4/21/18)
3,000m Steeplechase 11:55.23 (UA) Janis Rider Invite (4/28/18)


Strandemo Makes USATF Debut

Strandemo Makes USATF Debut

6/21/2018 - W. Track & Field

Madeline Strandemo placed 17th in the 3,000m steeplechase at the USA Outdoor Track & Field Championship on Thursday.

Four Gophers Earn Academic All-America Nods

Four Gophers Earn Academic All-America Nods

6/21/2018 - W. Track & Field

Representing the Maroon & Gold are Second Team honorees Derek Wiebke and Madeline Strandemo and Third Team selections Temi Ogunrinde and Kiley Sabin.

Quartet Headed to Jamaican Championship

Quartet Headed to Jamaican Championship

6/20/2018 - W. Track & Field

Titania Markland, Nayoka Clunis, Ayesha Champagnie, and Shanique Wright are slated to compete in Jamaica this week.

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