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 Add Five More for 2017-18
Minnesota's newcomers for next season total 15 new student-athletes joining the Maroon & Gold.
Warm-Up Lap: Q&A with Abby Lange
Gophers redshirt freshman Abby Lange reflects on her transition to collegiate running, including making her Big Ten debut.
Gopher Trio Honored By USTFCCCA
Bethany Hasz, Megan Hasz, and Madeline Strandemo have been named USTFCCCA All-Academic honorees.