The Gophers totaled 282 Academic All-Big Ten honorees for the 2015-16 academic year.
Minnesota led all NCAA Division I programs with six CoSIDA Academic All-District Track & Field/Cross Country honorees.
Liz Berkholtz and Haley Johnson have been named 2015 USTFCCCA Division I Women's All-Academic honorees
Distance runner Liz Berkholtz is featured in the Feb. 2016 issue of Ski-U-Mah Magazine
Minnesota held its annual season-ending banquet and presented the team awards on Sunday
Photos of the Gopher women's cross country team at the 2015 Griak Invitational
Gopher women take first in Oz Memorial run
Photos from the 2014 Big Ten Cross Country Championship hosted by the University of Iowa. Photos by Walt Middleton.
Gophers host Griak Meet
2015 • Redshirt Senior Season: Named All-Big Ten Second Team, All-Midwest Region, CoSIDA Academic All-District, USTFCCCA All-Academic, and Academic All-Big Ten honoree • served as team captain • led Minnesota in six of seven races • made fourth-straight NCAA Championship appearance with a career-best 44th-place finish to lead the Gophers in 20:29.1 • placed 11th to lead Minnesota at the NCAA Midwest Regional (20:36.9) • ran season-best 20:18.7 to lead Minnesota and place 11th at the Big Ten Championship • won season-opening Oz Memorial (21:8.3) • finished 19th overall as the second Gopher at the Griak Invitational (22:06.3) • led the Gophers in 14th overall at the Greater Louisville Classic 5K (17:15.82) • led the Gophers in 36th overall at the Wisconsin adidas Invitational (20:22.7).
2014 • Redshirt Junior Season: Named NCAA All-Midwest Region, USTFCCCA All-Academic, CoSIDA Academic All-District, and Academic All-Big Ten honoree • ran seven races • made 2014 debut at the BYU Autumn Classic, finishing seventh overall and third on the team and covering the three-mile course in 18:15.7 • finished third on the team and 47th overall at the Griak in 22:21.3 • finished third for the Gophers and third overall at the SDSU Classic 5K in 17:40.87 • led the Gophers in 38th overall in a career-best 20:34 at the Wisconsin adidas Invitational • led Minnesota in 20:31.5 at the Big Ten Championships in 16th overall • led the Gophers with a career-best time of 20:16.9 at the NCAA Midwest Regional, earning all-region honors in sixth overall • led the Gophers in 80th overall in 21:06.3 at the NCAA Championship.
2013 • Redshirt Sophomore Season: Named Big Ten Distinguished Scholar and Academic All-Big Ten • raced in seven meets, including the NCAA championship and regional meets • ran a career-best 20:50 as the Gophers' fourth runner at the Wisconsin adidas Invitational • finished fifth overall and fifth on the team in 22:20.4 at the Oz Memorial 6K • finished sixth on the team at the Griak Invitational (21:49.2) • took eighth at the SDSU Classic with a 5K time of 18:03.56 • came in 31st overall in 21:48.1 at the Big Ten Championship as the Gophers' seventh runner • posted a time of 21:21.9 to take 32nd overall at the Midwest Regional as Minnesota's sixth runner • was Minnesota's seventh runner at the NCAA Championships in 21:53.5 (180th overall) • earned second varsity letter.
2012 • Redshirt Freshman Season: Named Academic All-Big Ten • the Gophers' seventh finisher (214th overall) at the NCAA Championships with a time of 21:37.0 • team's sixth runner (50th overall) at the NCAA Midwest Regional (21:59.26) • also sixth runner at the Big Ten Championships (48th, 21:27.0) • season-best time was 21:06 at the Wisconsin adidas Invitational (153rd overall, sixth team) • 48th at the Roy Griak Invitational (22:32.3) • competed in seven races overall.
2011 • Freshman Season: Redshirted the 2011 cross country season and indoor and outdoor track & field seasons.
High School: A 2011 graduate of Sun Prairie High School • high school coaches were Paul Frank, Steve Riggins and Doug Maughan • four-time cross country state meet qualifier • three-time Big 8 Conference cross country champion • three-time all-state honoree in cross country • earned career-best sixth-place finish (14:45) at cross country state meet as a senior after placing eighth as a junior • Big 8 Conference champion in the 1,600m and 3,200m run her sophomore, junior and senior seasons • six-time state qualifier in track • WIAA DI state champion in the 1,600m (5:05) and 3,200m (10:52) as a senior • state runner-up in the 3,200m as a sophomore • was named the team's most outstanding freshman, sophomore and junior in track • named MVP as a senior • led her team to three consecutive conference, regional, and sectional track titles • academic all-state honoree • graduated with a 3.94 GPA and was in the top four percent of her class • National Honor Society member.
Personal: Born December 11, 1992 • received her undergraduate degree in psychology with a minor in neuroscience • enrolled in a graduate certificate program in addiction studies • daughter of Michele and Richard Berkholtz • has three siblings, Stephanie, Thomas, and Ricky • enjoys spending time with family and friends.
Walking on to Greatness: Madeline Strandemo
Gophers distance runner Madeline Strandemo shares her journey from walk-on to Big Ten champion.
Three Gophers Earn CoSIDA Academic All-District
Luca Wieland earned Academic All-District accolades for the third year in a row while Madeline Strandemo and Derek Wiebke picked up their first career honors.
Gophers Add Five More for 2017-18
Minnesota's newcomers for next season total 15 new student-athletes joining the Maroon & Gold.