Head coach Sarah Hopkins previews the 2015 cross country season
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.
Minnesota held its annual team banquet last weekend
Minnesota has nine repeat academic all-conference honorees this fall
2014 • Redshirt Sophomore Season: Named Big Ten Distinguished Scholar and Academic All-Big Ten • ran five races • finished 13th overall and sixth on the team at the BYU Autumn Classic three-mile with a time of 18:42.3 • finished sixth on the team and 80th overall at the Griak Invitational in 22:50.2 • placed 11th overall and eighth for Minnesota at the SDSU Classic 5K in 18:29.78 • finished sixth on the team in 22:02 at the Wisconsin adidas Invitational • ran a season-best time of 21:44.6 at the Big Ten Championships as the seventh Gopher in 70th place overall • named an alternate for the NCAA Midwest Regional and NCAA Championships.
2013 • Sophomore Season: Redshirted the 2013 cross country season.
2012 • Freshman Season: Named an alternate at the NCAA Championships and NCAA Midwest Regional • the Gophers' No. 9 runner at the Big Ten Championships, finishing 70th with a time of 21:52.5 • her best time of the season, 21:30 came in the open race at the Wisconsin adidas Invite (23rd overall, third on team) • sixth at the Oz Memorial • competed in five races overall • Big Ten Distinguished Scholar.
High School: A graduate of Jefferson High School • top-three state cross country finisher for four straight years • 2011 Minnesota state 3200 meters champion and 1600m runner-up • also won the 3200m in 2009 and the 1600m in 2010 • finished second in the 1600m and third in the 3200m at the 2012 state meet • set personal and Section 8AA meet records in the 1600m (4:54.19) and 3200m (10:24.57) • All-Central Lakes Conference performer every year • named team MVP five times for both cross country and distance track events • holds school records in 4000m cross country and the outdoor and indoor 1600m and 3200m • graduated with a 4.0 GPA.
Personal: Born October 6, 1993 • daughter of Tracey and Mardi Piepenburg • has a brother, Trenton • major is genetics, cell biology, and development • enjoys dancing and reading.