Taylor Mikkalson, Katie Murgic and Lyndsey Thorpe won events to lead the Gophers Friday
The Gophers will compete at St. Thomas, Hamline and Iowa this week
Kaila Urick placed second in the 3,000m steeple chase to lead the Gophers Saturday
Minnesota will compete at Hamline, Drake, UC San Diego and Macalester this week
Nicolle Murphy, Agnes Esser and Jamie Piepenburg won individual titles to lead the Gophers
2015 Season -Indoor: Ran two races • placed fourth in a career-best 4:56.67 in the mile at the Jack Johnson Classic • placed 14th in the 3,000m (10:27.47) at the Minnesota Open.
2015 Season - Outdoor: Named Big Ten Sportsmanship honoree • ran seven races with three appearances each in the 1,500m and 3,000m steeplechase • set career-best times in all three events • ran the 3,000m steeplechase at the Big Ten Championship and placed 11th in 10:43.76 • placed ninth in the 800m in a career-best 2:25.24 at the Jaguar Challenge • placed 16th in the 1,500m run in a career-best 4:37.93 at the John McDonnell Invite • took second in the 3,000m steeplechase in career-best 10:41.65 at the UW-La Crosse Eagle Open.
2014 Season - Indoor: Did not compete during the indoor season.
2014 Season - Outdoor: Ran four races • ran a career-best 4:44.89 for 11th place in the 1,500m at the Musco Twilight • won the 3,000m steeplechase in a career-best 10:50.31 at Spec Towns Invite • ran the 3,000m steeplechase at the Drake Relays (10:56.95) • finished second in 3,000m steeplechase at UW-La Crosse (10:57.35).
2013 Season - Indoor: Ran season-best mile at the Parents Day Open, finishing fifth (5:03.61) • competed in the 3,000m at the Bison Classic (10:32.29).
2013 Season - Outdoor: Won the 3,000m steeplechase at the Meet of the Unsaintly • best steeplechase time was 10:55.63 at the Alabama Invitational • ran the 3,000m at the Musco Twilight (10:03.25).
2012 Season: Redshirted the 2011 cross country season and the 2012 indoor and outdoor track & field seasons.
High School: A 2011 graduate of Fayetteville High School in Fayetteville, Ark. • high school coach was Michelle Fyfe • cross country team placed third in the state in her junior year and fourth during her senior year • also participated in track & field and golf • team won state championships in both golf and track her senior year • two-time all-state runner • part of the school record 4x800m relay team at the state championships • National Honor Society and academic honor roll member.
Personal: Born November 5, 1992 • majoring in kinesiology • daughter of Chris and Cindy Bucknam • father is the head track and field coach at the University of Arkansas • has one older brother named Eric.