Minnesota and Stanford each earned 23 USTFCCCA All-Academic individuals to lead NCAA Division I
Look back at the Gophers' B1G Championship season and the rest of the team's 2016 campaign
The Gophers totaled 283 Academic All-Big Ten honorees for the 2015-16 academic year.
The Gophers totaled 282 Academic All-Big Ten honorees for the 2015-16 academic year.
Liz Berkholtz, Nicolle Murphy, Lyndsey Thorpe, Heta Tuuri, and Kaila Urick join Jess Lehman in advancing to the NCAA Championship
Photos from day two at the 2016 Big Ten Track & Field Championship. Photos by Jeremy Buss and Becky Miller.
Photos of Gopher Women's Track & Field at the Big Ten Outdoor Championships in May 15-17, 2015. Photos by Walt Middleton.
Photos of Gopher Women's Track & Field at the Concordia Invitational on April 18th, 2015
Photos of track and field student athlete Taylor Mikkalson.
2016 Season - Indoor: Named Big Ten Sportsmanship Award recipient • ran nine races with appearances in the 800m, mile, and 4x400m relay • placed 12th in the mile in a career-best 4:47.88 at the Big Ten Championship • won the unseeded section of the 800m at the Jack Johnson Classic in a career-best 2:15.95.
2016 Season - Outdoor: Named USTFCCCA All-Academic team honoree and Academic All-Big Ten honoree • ran nine races • ran a career-best 10:15.26 to place fourth in the 3,000m steeplechase at the Big Ten Championship and rank seventh in program history • NCAA West Prelim qualifier in the 3,000m steeplechase, finishing 22nd in 10:29.33 • ran a career-best 4:28.65 in the 1,500m at the Virginia Challenge • ran third on the first-place 4x1600m relay at Drake Relays, running 19:21.71 to rank eighth in program history • led off the third-place distance medley relay at Drake Relays, running 11:24.25 to rank sixth in program history • led off the first-place 4x1500m relay team at the Raleigh Relays (18:18.65) • won the 3,000m steeplechase (10:29.48) at the Mesa Classic.
2015 Season - Indoor: Ran four races • ran a season-best 5:01.48 in the mile at the Iowa State Classic • placed eighth in the mile (5:06.75) at Parents Day Invite • finished 17th in lone 3,000m run of the season in 10:33.40 at the Minnesota Open.
2015 Season - Outdoor: Ran nine races • ran career-best times in the 1,500m (4:38.82), 3,000m (10:22.54), and 3,000m steeplechase (10:30.64) • placed 10th in the 3,000m steeplechase (10:33.60) at the Big Ten Championship • qualified for the NCAA West Prelim in the 3,000m steeplechase and finished 40th (10:50.11) • placed 10th in the 1,500m at the Musco Twilight (4:38.82) • won the 1,500m at the Holst Invitational (4:41.31) • placed fourth in the 3,000m at the Jaguar Challenge (10:22.54) • won the 3,000m steeplechase at the Eagle Open (10:30.64) • ended the season ranked seventh in program history in the 3,000m steeplechase at 10:30.64 • USTFCCCA All-Academic team honoree.
2014 Season - Indoor: Ran six races • recorded a season-best of 4:57.30 in the mile and 9:58.63 in the 3,000m • took third in the mile (4:57.30) at Parents Day Open • placed seventh in the unseeded section of the 3,000m at the Iowa State Classic (9:58.63).
2014 Season - Outdoor: Named Big Ten Distinguished Scholar and Academic All-Big Ten honoree • ran six races, including four appearances in the 3,000m steeplechase • finished 17th in the 3,000m steeplechase at the Big Ten Championships, clocking a 10:41.67 • ran a career-best 10:39.41 in the 3,000m steeplechase to rank 10th all-time and win the event at UW-La Crosse • ran the 1,500m run twice, including a season-best 4:41.82 for second place at Carleton Relays.
2013 Season: Redshirted the 2012 cross country season and 2013 indoor and outdoor track & field seasons.
High School: A graduate of Kasson-Mantorville High School • two-time Minnesota state track champion, winning the 4x800m relay in 2009 and the 1,600m in 2010 • all-state performer every year from 2008-11 • four-time Hiawatha Valley League champion • holds school records in the 1,600m, 3,200m and 4x800m relay • also an all-conference and academic all-state volleyball player • academic letterwinner.
Personal: Born December 31, 1993 • daughter of Michael and Michelle Mikkalson • has four siblings: Katie, Erin, Layton, and Hannah • majoring in psychology and minoring in biology with the goal of becoming a dentist • enjoys wakeboarding, tubing, and coaching young volleyball players.
|Mikkalson's Indoor Career Bests (2016 Final)|
|800m||2:15.95||Jack Johnson Classic (1/30/16)|
|Mile||4:47.88||Big Tens (2/26/16)|
|3,000m||9:58.63||Iowa State Classic (2/14-15/14)|
|Mikkalson's Outdoor Career Bests (2016 Final)|
|Event||Mark (All-Time Rank)||Meet (Date)|
|1,500m||4:28.65||Virginia Challenge (4/23/16)|
|3,000m||10:22.54||Jaguar Challenge (3/20/15)|
|3,000m Steeplechase||10:15.26 (AT-7th)||Big Tens (5/14/16)|
Gophers Welcome Two New Staff Members
Director of operations Lyndsey Thorpe and athletic trainer Sarah Wambheim have joined the Gopher Athletics staff.
Spotakova Earns Olympic Bronze in Javelin
Gophers All-American Barbora Spotakova threw 64.80m in to place third in the javelin at the Rio Olympic Games.
Gophers to Visit Minnesota State Fair
Golden Gopher teams and coaches are scheduled to appear at the Minnesota State Fair Aug. 29-31.