No. 27 Minnesota kicks off the 2015 season with an exhibition meet at Les Bolstad Course
Head coach Sarah Hopkins previews the 2015 cross country season
Liz Berkholtz, Haley Johnson, Taylor Mikkalson, Kate Shelerud and Kaila Urick will serve as captains this fall
Minnesota begins the 2015 cross country season with its annual Intrasquad Meet on Sept. 4
Two Gophers have been recognized for their athletic and academic achievements by CoSIDA
2014 • Redshirt Junior Season: Named NCAA All-Midwest Region, USTFCCCA All-Academic Team, Capital One Academic All-District, and Academic All-Big Ten • 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.