Minnesota featured 16 programs with at least one Distinguished Scholar Award winner for the 2012-13 academic year.
Women's track and field leads the way with 45 recognized individuals
All seven NCAA Championships competitors were among the honorees.
Ritter has learned how to balance running and a pre-med course load.
2012 Senior Season: Posted a season-best time of 22:05 in the open race at the Wisconsin adidas Invite, finishing 54th (seventh on team) the team's ninth runner (51st) at the Roy Griak Invitational (22:34.4) team's No. 6 runner (14th) at the Blugold Invite (22:16.72) ran at six meets total Academic All-Big Ten.
2011 Junior Season: Redshirted the 2011 Cross Country season
2010 Sophomore Season: Ran a season-best time of 22:32.7 at the Neubauer Invitational competed at six meets co-recipient of the team's Coaches' Award Academic All-Big Ten
2009 Redshirt Freshman Season: Ran in six races Gophers' second runner in UWEC Invitational with a season-best time of 23:22.50 team's fourth runner in Neubauer Invitational.
2008 Freshman Season: Redshirted the season.
High School: A 2008 graduate of Mukwonago High School high school coaches were Mike Furlong and Craig Huelsman three-time all-state performer on the track ran the anchor leg for the 2008 Wisconsin Division 1 champion 4x800-meter relay placed third in 800 meters at state in 2007 with a school-record time of 2:14.25 finished eighth as a senior three-time Classic 8 Conference champion in the 800 meters all-conference selection in cross country as a junior and senior lettered four times in track, twice in both cross country and tennis a member of the National Honor Society.
Personal: Born March 5, 1990 majoring in Biology, Society & Enviorment and Genetics Cell Biology & Development daughter of Wolfgang and Carolyn Ritter has a older sister, Megan, and a younger brother, Steven enjoys baking and playing the piano.
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