Minnesota featured 16 programs with at least one Distinguished Scholar Award winner for the 2012-13 academic year.
Minnesota improves fall Academic All-Big Ten total by 11
All seven NCAA Championships competitors were among the honorees.
Cassy Opitz was the Gophers' first finisher.
The race raised funds for a good cause.
2013 Sophomore Season: Raced in four meets posted a season-best 6K time of 22:18 as the Gophers' sixth runner (33rd overall) at the open race of the Wisconsin adidas Invitational was the 11th Gopher at two meets, coming in 13th overall at the SDSU Classic 5K (18:13.94) and 90th overall at the Griak Invitational (22:27.8) posted a time of 23:41.4 at the Oz Memorial to open the season.
2012 Redshirt Freshman Season: Finished fourth on the team (32nd overall) in the Wisconsin adidas open race with a season-best time of 21:39 finished second overall (first on the team) at the Blugold Invite in 21:47.46 also finished second (and second on the team) at both Jack's Run (22:41.79) and Rocky's Run (22:50) competed in six races overall Academic All-Big Ten.
2011 Freshman Season: Redshirted the 2011 cross country season.
High School: A 2011 graduate of Fayetteville High School in Fayetteville, Ark. high school coach was Michelle Fyfe team placed third in the state in her junior year and fourth during her senior year also participated in track & field and golf team won state championships in both golf and track her senior year two-time all-state runner part of the school record 4x800 relay team at the state championships National Honor Society and Academic Honor Roll member.
Personal: Born November 5, 1992 majoring in kinesiology daughter of Chris and Cindy Bucknam father is the head track and field coach at the University of Arkansas has one older brother named Eric.