Minnesota featured 16 programs with at least one Distinguished Scholar Award winner for the 2012-13 academic year.
All seven NCAA Championships competitors were among the honorees.
A close pack of runners propelled the team to victory.
The Golden Gophers kicked off the 2012 season with the annual Intrasquad Meet
2012 Senior Season: Ran her season-best time of 23:21.82 at the Blugold Invite the team's seventh finisher at the Neubauer Invite (23:34.0) competed in six races overall Academic All-Big Ten.
2011 Senior Season: Competed in two meets ran her season-best time of 23:39.90 at the Roy Griak Invitational clocked a 25:02.38 at the Oz Memorial
2010 Sophomore Season: Competed in five meets ran a career-best time of 24:31.40 at the Griak Invitational.
2009 Redshirt Freshman Season: Competed in five meets ran a season-best time of 24:34.03 in UWEC Invitational, finishing eighth on the team and 78th overall.
2008 Freshman Season: Redshirted the season.
On the Track: Will be a junior in 2012 competes in the 800m and 1,500m.
High School: A 2008 graduate of Rogers High School high school coach was Steve Leuer a five-time all-state performer placed third in the Minnesota Class AA State Championships in the 800 meters, fourth as a junior and seventh as a sophomore also earned an all-state accolade in the high jump (2007) and 4x800m relay (2005) a four-year letterwinner in soccer, basketball and track earned four all-conference awards in track and two in soccer played on two state basketball tournament teams, helping Rogers to a third-place finish in 2008 graduated with a perfect 4.0 GPA, fifth among her graduating class of 265 students a member of the National Honor Society AAA Award winner, Athena Award winner and ExCEL award winner.
Personal: Born June 6, 1990 advertising major daughter of Randy and Patty Brunn, has older sister Katelyn and younger brother Joe.
Captains Corner: Madeline Strandemo
Fifth-year senior Madeline Strandemo shares her goals and expectations for the cross country season.
Captains Corner: Amelia Barczi
Gophers co-captain Amelia Barczi reflects on her journey as a Gopher so far and looks forward to the year ahead.
Captains Corner: Paige Peschel
Paige Peschel is one of five Gophers serving as team captain for the 2017 cross country season.