Laura Docherty
Laura Docherty


St. Paul, Minn.

High School:
Cretin-Derham Hall HS


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No. 26 Gophers Earn Top-3 Griak Finish

Minnesota scored 141 points to earn its highest team finish at the Griak Invitational since 2012


Berkholtz Leads Gophers at NCAA Meet

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


No. 20 Gophers Head to NCAA Regional

Minnesota looks to secure its 10th-straight NCAA Championship berth this Friday


Minnesota to Host 2014 Roy Griak Invitational

The Gophers compete in the Women's Gold Race at 1:10 p.m. Saturday


Gophers Announce 2014 Schedule

Minnesota will host the 29th annual Roy Griak Invitational on Sept. 27

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2013 • Senior Season: Named to Midwest All-Region team, All-Big Ten First Team, USTFCCCA All-Academic team and Academic All-Big Ten team • raced in seven meets • Minnesota's top runner at four meets • led the Gophers and placed 61st overall at the NCAA Championship for her first top-100 NCAA finish of her career (20:58.2) • finished ninth overall and third on the team at the Midwest Regional in a season-best 20:37.3 to earn all-region honors • placed third overall and earned All-Big Ten first team honors at the Big Ten Championships, leading the Gophers in 21:03.9 • won the Oz Memorial 6K in 21:48.0 • led the Gophers and finished 11th overall at the Griak Invitational in 21:10.6 • finished third overall and third on team at the SDSU Classic with a 5K time of 17:34.83 • ran a 20:38 at the Wisconsin adidas Invitational as the Gophers' second runner in 48th overall • earned fourth varsity letter.

2012 • Junior Season: Minnesota's second runner (107th overall) at the NCAA Championships with a time of 20:51.1 • earned All-Midwest Region honors as the team's No. 2 runner (16th overall) at the region meet (21:11.10) • All-Big Ten performer, finishing ninth (first on the team) at the conference meet (20:35.4) • recorded her season-best time of 20:29 as the team's top runner (51st overall) at the Wisconsin adidas Invitational • finished fourth at the Griak Invitational (first on the team) in 21:17.0 • won the Oz Memorial • finished second at the SDSU Classic • competed in seven races overall • USTFCCCA All-Academic team and Academic All-Big Ten honoree.

2011 • Sophomore Season: Ran in seven meets • an NCAA Championships competitor • raced a 21:53 at the national meet, good for sixth on the team • posted 23:10.35 at the Midwest Regional Meet as the Gophers' seventh-best finisher • performed her season PR at the Big Ten Championships, racing 21:29 as the team's sixth-best runner • also finished sixth on the team running 21:53 at the Wisconsin Adidas 6K • clocked 17:44.9 at the SDSU Invite, placing fourth on the team and fifth overall • ran Minnesota's fourth-best time at the Roy Griak Invitational with a 21:45.90 showing • ran to a seventh-place team and overall standing at the Oz Memorial with a 22:39.03 • Academic All-Big Ten selection.

2010 • Redshirt Freshman Season: Competed at four meets • ran her best time at the pre-NCAA meet (22:34.2) • recipient of the team's Blue Collar Award.

2009 • Freshman Season: Redshirted the season.

On the Track: Competed in the 5000m at the 2011 Big Ten indoor meet • competes in the 3000m and 5000m.

High School: A 2009 graduate of Cretin-Derham Hall High School • high school coach was Chris Babcock • a two-time all-state runner in cross country • placed 12th in the 2007 Minnesota Class AA Cross Country Championships, 25th in 2008 • the 2008 Roy Griak Invitational Girls Gold Race runner-up • a three-time all-state honoree in the 3200 meters • placed third as a junior and fourth as a senior (10:56) • graduated with honors.

Personal: Born August 19, 1991 • majoring in marketing with emphases in retail merchandising and sustainability • daughter of Jim and Bev Docherty • both parents ran cross country and track at Iowa • has siblings Jennie, Danny and Kevin • Jennie (Iowa) and Danny (Loyola) were collegiate runners, and Kevin is a collegiate runner (Iowa) • enjoys dancing, chocolate, animals, and Nike.


Gophers' 2015 Season In Review


Take a look back at the Gopher women's cross country team's successful 2015 season.

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.

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