Molly Kayfes
Molly Kayfes


Maple Grove, Minn.

High School:
Maple Grove HS


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Berkholtz Leads Gophers at NCAA Meet

Liz Berkholtz placed 80th overall, racing in her third national championship


USTFCCCA Honors Minnesota with Academic Awards

The Gophers earned a 3.50 team grade point average


16 Gophers Named Academic All-Big Ten

Drake and Moraczewski lead the Gophers as four-time academic honorees


Big Ten Conference Honors 49 Gophers as Distinguished Scholars

Minnesota featured 16 programs with at least one Distinguished Scholar Award winner for the 2012-13 academic year.


Minnesota Places 167 Student-Athletes On Spring Academic All-Big Ten Teams

Women's track and field leads the way with 45 recognized individuals

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2013 • Junior Season: Named to Midwest All-Region team, All-Big Ten Second Team, USTFCCCA All-Academic team and Academic All-Big Ten team • 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 • USTFCCCA All-Academic team selection, Big Ten Distinguished Scholar and Academic All-Big Ten honoree.

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 • Academic All-Big Ten selection.

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.


Gophers Earn Top-20 NCAA Finish


Minnesota finished 18th in the team race for its highest NCAA finish since 2009.

Berkholtz Honored By USATF Minnesota


Senior Liz Berkholtz was named the USATF Minnesota Female Athlete of the Month for October.

No. 23 Gophers Head to NCAA Championship


Fifth-year seniors Liz Berkholtz and Kaila Urick lead Minnesota into its 11th-straight NCAA Championship this weekend.

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