Women's track and field leads the way with 45 recognized individuals
All seven NCAA Championships competitors were among the honorees.
2012 Junior Season: Did not compete Academic All-Big Ten.
2011 Sophomore Season: Redshirted the 2011 Cross Country season
2010 · Sophomore Season: Posted her season-best time of 23:07.3 at the Neubauer Invitational · ran in four races.
2009 · Freshman Season: Redshirted the season.
On the Track: Will be a junior in 2013 · competes in the 1,500m, mile, and 3,000m.
High School: A 2009 graduate of Minnetonka High School · high school coach was Jane Reimer-Morgan · two-time all-state in cross country · placed 24th in 2008 Minnesota Class AA Cross Country Championships · three-time all-state track honoree · anchored state champion 4x800-meter relay as a senior · relay was state runner-up in 2008 · ran best of 2:16 in 800 meters.
Personal: Born April 19, 1990 · given name is Melissa · majoring in family social science with a minor in communication and leadership · parents are David and Angel Valle · guardians are Keith and Mary Pickering · has siblings: Camron, Kenndie, Rikki, Scotty, Jasmin, Trent, Jennifer and Jimmy.
Gophers Earn Top-20 NCAA Finish
Minnesota finished 18th in the team race for its highest NCAA finish since 2009.
Berkholtz Honored By USATF Minnesota
Senior Liz Berkholtz was named the USATF Minnesota Female Athlete of the Month for October.
No. 23 Gophers Head to NCAA Championship
Fifth-year seniors Liz Berkholtz and Kaila Urick lead Minnesota into its 11th-straight NCAA Championship this weekend.