Minnesota program records fell in the 400m dash and 100m hurdles on day two of the NCAA West Prelim
Eighteen Gophers will represent the Maroon & Gold at the NCAA West Prelim this week
Seven Gophers have qualified in multiple events, including Devin Stanford, Ke-ke Burks and Agnes Esser in the disc and hammer
Taylor Mikkalson, Katie Murgic and Lyndsey Thorpe won events to lead the Gophers Friday
The Minnesota throwers led the way with three event titles in Iowa on Saturday
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.
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: 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 • Academic All-Big Ten honoree.
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.