Minnesota featured 16 programs with at least one Distinguished Scholar Award winner for the 2012-13 academic year.
Women's track and field leads the way with 45 recognized individuals
Three individuals as well as the team as a whole were honored.
All seven NCAA Championships competitors were among the honorees.
Minnesota improved upon last year's finish in Gary Wilson's last race as head coach.
2013 Senior Season: Did not compete.
2012 Junior Season: The Gophers' fifth finisher (178th overall) at the NCAA Championships with a time of 21:21.3 earned All-Midwest Region honors by finishing 20th (third on the team) at the region meet (21:23.12) finished 35th (fourth on the team) at the Big Ten Championships (21:12.9) posted her fastest time of the season at the Wisconsin adidas Invite (141st, 21:02) finished 18th at the Griak Invitational raced at seven meets overall Academic All-Big Ten.
2011 Sophomore Season: Competed in seven meets second runner for Minnesota at the 2011 NCAA Championships, running 21:12 earned a role on the Gophers' Midwest Regional squad, placing twelfth overall and second on the team with a time of 21:29.12 raced the third-best time for the Gophers at the Big Ten Championships and placed 26th overall with a season-best time of 20:59 ran a 21:24 at the Wisconsin Adidas 6K, finishing third on the team placed fifth on the team and sixth overall with a 17:48.0 race at the SDSU Invite ran Minnesota's second-best time at the Roy Griak Invitational with a 21:24.40 earned second-place team and overall honors at the Oz Memorial, running 22:21.35.
2010 Freshman Season: Minnesota's second finisher at the NCAA Championships posted her best time of 20:52.6 at the Big Ten Championships, where she finished 29th overall and fourth among Gophers named the team's Freshman of the Year letterwinner.
High School: A 2010 graduate of Dowling Catholic High School high school coach was Fr. Jim Kirby 2008 Iowa Class 4A cross country state champion helped her 4x800m relay team to a state title in 2010 earned all-state honors in both cross country and track all four years of high school finished fourth at the 2009 Nike Cross Nationals (17:55.80) finished ninth at the 2009 Foot Locker Cross Country Nationals (17:44) also a two-time letterwinner in softball Presidential Honor Roll award recipient National Honor Society member.
Personal: Born October 20, 1991 major is business and marketing education daughter of Jerry and Mac Decker has two older siblings, Ryan and Lynndi, and a younger brother, Cole Cole runs at Central College in Iowa enjoys watching "Modern Family," grilling out, and painting.