Eighteen Gophers have been named 2015 USTFCCCA All-Academic honorees
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
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: 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.