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
Minnesota will race at the national championship meet this Saturday
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.