Taylor Mikkalson
Taylor  Mikkalson

Class:
RS Junior

Hometown:
Mantorville, Minn.

High School:
Kasson-Mantorville HS

Event:
Distance

Birthdate:
12/31/1993

Experience:
3 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

06/01/2016

Gophers Earn Academic Big Ten Honors

The Gophers totaled 283 Academic All-Big Ten honorees for the 2015-16 academic year.

06/01/2016

Gophers Earn Academic Big Ten Honors

The Gophers totaled 282 Academic All-Big Ten honorees for the 2015-16 academic year.

05/27/2016

Seniors Lead Gophers' NCAA Qualifiers

Liz Berkholtz, Nicolle Murphy, Lyndsey Thorpe, Heta Tuuri, and Kaila Urick join Jess Lehman in advancing to the NCAA Championship

05/15/2016

2016 Big Ten Women's Track Championship Day Two

Photos from day two at the 2016 Big Ten Track & Field Championship. Photos by Jeremy Buss and Becky Miller.

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.

07/06/2015

W.Track Concordia April 2015

Photos of Gopher Women's Track & Field at the Concordia Invitational on April 18th, 2015

06/09/2015

Taylor Mikkalson

Photos of track and field student athlete Taylor Mikkalson.

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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)
Event Mark Meet (Date)
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)

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