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
Three individuals as well as the team as a whole were honored.
All seven NCAA Championships competitors were among the honorees.
Minnesota improved upon last year's finish in Gary Wilson's last race as head coach.
2013 Junior Season: Raced in seven meets ran a career-best 20:20.9 to lead the Gophers and earn all-region honors with a runner-up finish at the Midwest Regional was the fourth Gopher at the NCAA Championships in 21:25.9 (120th overall) earned All-Big Ten second team honors by finishing eighth at the Big Ten Championship as Minnesota's second runner in 21:10.8 finished second overall and second on the team at the Oz Memorial 6K in 21:54.7 came in 24th overall as the Gophers' fourth runner at the Griak Invitational (21:32.2) won the SDSU Classic with a 5K time of 17:29.01 led the Gophers with a 45th-place finish at the Wisconsin adidas Invitational (20:36) earned third varsity letter.
2012 Sophomore Season: The team's No. 1 runner at the NCAA Championships, finishing 78th with a time of 20:37.6 an All-Midwest Region performer, leading the team with an eight-place finish at the region meet (20:47.87) the Gophers' second runner at the Big Ten Championships (26th overall, 21:00.7) posted her best time of the season, 20:30, in finishing 55th (second on the team) at the Wisconsin adidas Invite finished 12th (No. 2 on the team) at the Griak Invitational (21:38.5) won the SDSU Classic second at the Oz Memorial ran in seven races total Academic All-Big Ten.
2011 Redshirt Freshman Season: Raced in seven meets posted 21:30 at the 2011 NCAA Championships, finishing third among her Gopher teammates raced the Midwest Regional Meet in 21:49.69, good for third on the team and 12th overall achieved her season PR at the Big Ten Championships running 20:49, placing second on the team and 19th in the Big Ten ran second-best for the team at the Wisconsin adidas 6K with a 21:26 finished third for the Gophers and fourth overall, running 17:36.3 at the SDSU Invite competed at the Roy Griak Invitational, finishing in Minnesota's third position at 21:36.0 placed fourth on the team and fourth overall at the Oz Memorial.
2010 Freshman Season: Redshirted the season.
High School: A 2010 graduate of Maple Grove High School member of the 4x800 relay team that shattered the school record by 30 seconds as a freshman ran a 5:02 mile in her sophomore year also played soccer for five years and was team captain graduated with high honors member of National Honor Society honor roll.
Personal: Born on September 29, 1991 majoring in marketing with a minor in Spanish daugther of Jim and Eileen Kayfes has one brother, Ryan, who played hockey at Bentley College enjoys shopping, baking, soccer and laying out.