Career Highlights: Made her NCAA Championships debut in 2010 in the discus 2009 NCAA Midwest Region Championships competitor in the discus shared 2009 Most Improved Award.
2010 Season - Indoor: Did not compete. Outdoor: An NCAA Championships competitor in the discus landed an effort of 155-7 in NCAA prelims advanced to NCAAs with a throw of 163-8 at the West Prelims placed fifth in the Big Ten meet (164-2) won the title at the Jim Click Shootout with a career-best throw of 166-8 earned her second varsity letter.
2009 Season - Indoor: Did not compete. Outdoor: Competed at NCAA Midwest Region Championships in the discus (145-6) placed third in the Big Ten Championship (152-8) won the Hamline Unsaintly title with her best throw of the season, 162-11 shared the team's Most Improved Award Academic All-Big Ten earned first varsity letter.
2008 Season - Indoor: Did not compete. Outdoor: Threw the discus in six meets competed in the event at the Big Ten Championships marked top throw of 147-0 at the Tommie Twilight Meet.
2007 Season: Redshirted the indoor and outdoor seasons.
High School: A 2006 graduate of Chippewa Falls Senior High School high school coach was Bob Brodt varsity letterwinner in both track and volleyball placed 10th in the discus at the state championships her senior season 2006 Big Rivers Conference discus champion president of the National Honor Society.
Personal: Born Aug. 13, 1988 majoring in biochemistry to pharmacy daughter of Mike and Barb Tzanakis has two younger sisters, Christine and Lisa.
Eight Gophers Advance to NCAA Championship
Minnesota's eight NCAA Championship qualifiers matches the most in program history.
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.
Day One NCAA West Prelim Action Postponed
Due to inclement weather, Thursday's competition at the NCAA West Prelim is postponed until Friday.