Gophers alum Kate Bucknam is one of four 2014-15 NCAA Student-Athlete Sportsmanship Awards recipients
Minnesota held its annual team banquet last weekend
Minnesota has nine repeat academic all-conference honorees this fall
Liz Berkholtz placed 80th overall, racing in her third national championship
No. 20 Minnesota makes its 10th-straight appearance at the NCAA Championship this weekend
2014 • Redshirt Junior Season: Named team co-captain • Big Ten Sportsmanship Award recipient • ran seven races • placed 23rd overall and eighth on the team at the BYU Autumn Classic, finishing the three-mile course in 18:58.1 • finished as the seventh Gopher and 86th runner overall at the Griak Invitational in 22:52.1 • finished seventh for the Gophers and 10th overall at the SDSU Classic 5K in 18:17.4 • finished seventh on the team in 22:29 at the Wisconsin adidas Invitational • placed 67th at the Big Ten Championships in 21:42.5 as the sixth Gopher in 67th place overall • ran a career-best time of 21:38.8 at the NCAA Midwest Regional as the sixth Gopher in 93rd overall • finished sixth for the Gophers in 22:45.3 at the NCAA Championship, placing 239th overall in her NCAA debut • Academic All-Big Ten selection.
2013 • Redshirt Sophomore Season: Raced in four meets • posted a season-best 6K time of 22:18 as the Gophers' sixth runner (33rd overall) at the open race of the Wisconsin adidas Invitational • was the 11th Gopher at two meets, coming in 13th overall at the SDSU Classic 5K (18:13.94) and 90th overall at the Griak Invitational (22:27.8) • posted a time of 23:41.4 at the Oz Memorial to open the season.
2012 • Redshirt Freshman Season: Finished fourth on the team (32nd overall) in the Wisconsin adidas open race with a season-best time of 21:39 • finished second overall (first on the team) at the Blugold Invite in 21:47.46 • also finished second (and second on the team) at both Jack's Run (22:41.79) and Rocky's Run (22:50) • competed in six races overall • Big Ten Distinguished Scholar and Academic All-Big Ten selection.
2011 • Freshman Season: Redshirted the 2011 cross country season and the 2012 indoor and outdoor track & field seasons.
High School: A 2011 graduate of Fayetteville High School in Fayetteville, Ark. • high school coach was Michelle Fyfe • cross country team placed third in the state in her junior year and fourth during her senior year • also participated in track & field and golf • team won state championships in both golf and track & field her senior year • two-time all-state runner • part of the school record 4x800m relay team at the state championships • National Honor Society and academic honor roll member.
Personal: Born November 5, 1992 • majoring in kinesiology • daughter of Chris and Cindy Bucknam • father is the track & field head coach at the University of Arkansas • has one older brother named Eric.
Gophers' 2015 Season In Review
Take a look back at the Gopher women's cross country team's successful 2015 season.
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.