Head coach Sarah Hopkins previews the 2015 cross country season
Liz Berkholtz, Haley Johnson, Taylor Mikkalson, Kate Shelerud and Kaila Urick will serve as captains this fall
Minnesota begins the 2015 cross country season with its annual Intrasquad Meet on Sept. 4
Becca Dyson and Rebecca Rethwisch were among the recipients of the 2015 Top Five Award
Kaila Urick has made great strides in her running career as a Gopher with more goals in sight
2014 • Redshirt Junior Season: Named NCAA All-Midwest Region and Academic All-Big Ten • ran seven races • finished second on the team and fifth overall at the BYU Autumn Classic three-mile in 18:13.5 • led the Gophers at the Griak Invitational in 25th overall in 22:01.1 • placed second overall behind teammate Becca Dyson at the SDSU Classic 5K in 17:40.37 • finished third for the Gophers and 81st overall in 21:02 at the Wisconsin adidas Invitational • finished in 20:52.2 at the Big Ten Championships as the third Gopher in 30th place overall • ran a career-best time of 20:25.9 at the NCAA Midwest Regional, earning all-region honors in eighth place overall as the second Gopher • made her NCAA Championship debut, finishing third for the Gophers in 21:52.0 in 192nd overall.
2013 • Redshirt Sophomore Season: Named Academic All-Big Ten • named an alternate for the Big Ten Championship, NCAA Midwest Regional and the NCAA Championship • ran in four meets • led the Gophers and finished sixth overall with a career-best 21:21 in the open race of the Wisconsin adidas Invitational • took 10th overall at the Oz Memorial 6K (23:28.7) • ran a then-career best 22:02.8 as the Gophers' ninth runner at the Griak Invitational, finishing 51st overall • finished 10th overall and 10th on the team at the SDSU Classic with a 5K time of 18:08 • earned second varsity letter.
2012 • Redshirt Freshman: Finished 33rd (sixth on the team) at the Neubauer Invitational with a season-best time of 23:05.9 • finished four races total.
2011 • Freshman Season: Redshirted the 2011 cross country season and the 2012 indoor and outdoor track & field seasons.
High School: A 2011 graduate of Chaska High School • high school coaches were Scott Stallman and Nate Foss • six-year letterwinner in cross country • was a seven-time all-conference selection in cross country and track and field • five-time team MVP • three-time all-state selection in cross country and track • also participated in basketball and Nordic skiing • personal bests of 10:48 in 3200m, 5:00 in 1600m, 2:18 in 800m and 14:22 in 4000m • Athena Award Winner • dean's list.
Personal: Born July 27, 1992 • completed her undergraduate degree in strategic journalism with a minor in management • enrolled in a human resources graduate certificate program • daughter of Marty and Diane Urick • parents both competed in cross country and track at the University of St. Thomas • has two siblings, Jenna and Spencer.