Minnesota has nine repeat academic all-conference honorees this fall
Minnesota hosted its final home meet of the 2014 season Saturday
Several Gophers ran season or career-best times at Les Bolstad Course Saturday night
The top four Gophers record career-best times at the Wisconsin adidas Invitational
The No. 26 Gophers compete at the Wisconsin adidas Invitational and the Tori Neubauer Invitational this week
2014 • Redshirt Junior Season: Named team co-captain • ran six races • placed among the top eight Gophers at four meets • finished as the seventh Gopher and placed 25th overall at the Oz Memorial 6K in 24:03.4 • was the 14th Gopher at the Griak Invitational in 24:24.2 • ran a season-best 23:04.3 as the second Gopher in 21st overall at the UW-Eau Claire Blugold Invite • clocked a 23:49 in the open race at the Wisconsin adidas Invitational • finished sixth on the team and 12th overall at Jack's Run in 23:15.1 • placed 19th overall as the eighth Gopher at Rocky's Run (24:33) • Academic All-Big Ten selection.
2013 • Redshirt Sophomore Season: Raced in six meets • ran a career-best 22:46.5 at Jack's Run as the fifth Gopher in seventh overall • came in eighth on the team in 23:30.1 at the Neubauer Invitational • was the 10th Gopher finisher at Rocky's Run in 24:12 in 18th overall • raced in the first three meets of the season, posting 6K times of 24:01.3 (Oz Memorial), 23:14.7 (Griak Invitational) and 23:24.19 (Blugold Invitational).
2012 • Redshirt Freshman Season: Ran her season-best time of 23:37.35 at the Blugold Invite, finishing 59th • the team's 13th finisher (83rd overall) at the Neubauer Invitational (23:56.2) • raced at six meets overall.
2011 • Freshman Season: Redshirted the 2011 cross country season.
High School: A 2011 graduate of Eastview High School • high school coach was Jorjean Fischer • lettered all four years in high school • participated in the state high school cross country championships from 8th-12th grades • also competed and lettered in Nordic skiing and track • two time all-state selection for cross country • National Honor Society member • honor graduate.
Personal: Born October 31, 1992 • double-major in entrepreneurial management and marketing with a Spanish minor • daughter of Jack and Margie Ferguson • has a brother named Sam • enjoys music, movies and reading.
Hopkins Previews Griak Invitational
Watch head coach Sarah Hopkins preview this weekend's Roy Griak Invitational at Les Bolstad Course.
Warm-Up Lap: Q&A with Kelli Schmidt
Get to know Gophers redshirt freshman Kelli Schmidt, a distance runner from Wilmette, Ill.
Gophers in the Polls: Sept. 20
The University of Minnesota continues to represent at a high level as multiple Golden Gopher teams achieved national rankings this week.