Ten women's track & field and cross country representatives are among Minnesota's 72 Big Ten Distinguished Scholar Award recipients
Nine Golden Gophers maintained a perfect 4.0 grade-point average during the 2014-15 academic year.
Becca Dyson and Rebecca Rethwisch were among the recipients of the 2015 Top Five Award
Liz Berkholtz, Becca Dyson and Danielle Anderson were honored for their academic achievements
Minnesota held its annual team banquet last weekend
2014 • Redshirt Junior Season: Named to Midwest All-Region team, USTFCCCA All-Academic team, Big Ten Distinguished Scholar and Academic All-Big Ten team • ran seven races • led the Gophers and placed second overall at the BYU Autumn Classic, finishing the three-mile race in 18:02.9 • finished eighth for the Gophers at the Griak Invitational in 23:10.4 • won the SDSU Classic 5K in 17:32.90 for her first collegiate individual title • completed the race in 20:47 as the second Gopher in 61st overall at the Wisconsin adidas Invitational • ran a career-best 20:37.5 as the second Gopher at the Big Ten Championships in 18th place overall • earned all-region honors as the third Gopher in 17th place overall (20:43.8) at the NCAA Midwest Regional • finished second for the Gophers at the NCAA Championship, placing 132nd overall in 21:26.3.
2013 • Redshirt Sophomore Season: Named to Midwest All-Region team, USTFCCCA All-Academic team, Big Ten Distinguished Scholar, and Academic All-Big Ten team • raced in seven meets • ran a career-best 20:57 as the Gophers' sixth runner (79th overall) at the Wisconsin adidas Invitational • posted a time of 20:58.3, her second-fastest 6K time of the season, as Minnesota's fourth runner at the Midwest Regional, taking 18th overall and earning all-region honors • Minnesota's sixth runner at the NCAA Championships, recording a time of 21:52.4 (176th overall) • finished fourth overall and fourth on the team at the Oz Memorial (22:08.3) • took 49th overall and was eighth on the team at the Griak Invitational in 22:02.5 • took sixth overall and sixth on the team at the SDSU Classic with a 5K time of 17:51.96 • helped the Gophers to a third-place team finish at the Big Ten Championship with a 26th place individual showing as Minnesota's fifth runner in 21:43.2 • earned second varsity letter.
2012 • Redshirt Freshman Season: Named an alternate for the Big Ten Championships, NCAA Midwest Regional and NCAA Championships • recorded her season-best time of 21:19 in the open race at the Wisconsin adidas Invitational (16th overall, second on the team) • finished sixth at the SDSU Classic • 10th at the Oz Memorial • competed in four races overall • Big Ten Distinguished Scholar and Academic All-Big Ten honoree.
2011 • Freshman Season: Redshirted the 2011 cross country season and 2012 indoor and outdoor track & field seasons.
High School: A 2011 graduate of Roseville Area High School • high school coaches were Fred Kueffer and Mark Sotobeer • finished 25th in the state of Minnesota as a senior • lettered in cross country, soccer, Nordic skiing and track • all-conference and all-state in cross country, Nordic skiing and track • says her most memorable sports thrill was running a 4:59 mile • 2010 Minnesota state runner-up in the 1,600m • placed third in the 1,600m as a senior.
Personal: Born July 24, 1993 • major is strategic communication • daughter of Marybeth and Randall Dyson • mother ran cross country and track for Wisconsin • has two sisters, Katie and Emliy • Katie competed for the Gophers in cross country and track & field from 2007-2011 • cousin Ben Spencer was a kicker for the Gopher football team from 2009-2010 • enjoys playing the clarinet, reading, playing soccer and Nordic skiing.
Six Gophers Named Academic All-District
Minnesota led all NCAA Division I programs with six CoSIDA Academic All-District Track & Field/Cross Country honorees.
USTFCCCA Honors Gophers for Academics
Liz Berkholtz and Haley Johnson have been named 2015 USTFCCCA Division I Women's All-Academic honorees.
Ski-U-Mah Magazine: Strong Strides
Liz Berkholtz hasn't just worked to become one of the nation's best distance runners; she's diligently prepared for a career as a trauma unit nurse.