The No. 27 Gophers officially begin the 2015 season with a six-kilometer race at Les Bolstad Course Friday
Minnesota has nine repeat academic all-conference honorees this fall
Liz Berkholtz placed 80th overall, racing in her third national championship
Minnesota will race at the national championship meet this Saturday
Minnesota finished second in the team standings at the Midwest Regional Friday
2014 • Redshirt Senior Season: Named team co-captain • 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 • Senior Season: Redshirted the 2013 cross country season • named team co-captain.
2012 • Junior Season: Named team co-captain • 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 • USTFCCCA All-Academic honoree, Big Ten Distinguished Scholar and Academic All-Big Ten selection.
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 • USTFCCCA All-Academic honoree, Big Ten Distinguished Scholar and Academic All-Big Ten selection.
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.
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.