Minnesota finished 18th in the team race for its highest NCAA finish since 2009
Fifth-year seniors Liz Berkholtz and Kaila Urick lead Minnesota into its 11th-straight NCAA Championship
No. 21 Minnesota has received an at-large bid to the NCAA Championship next weekend
Liz Berkholtz and Haley Johnson earned all-region honors to lead Minnesota
Minnesota enters Friday's meet looking for its 11th-straight NCAA Championship bid
2015 • Redshirt Sophomore Season: Has run six races • placed 34th overall as the fourth Gopher in 21:15.2 at the NCAA Midwest Regional • ran a career-best 20:41.3 as the fourth Gopher in 20th overall at the Big Ten Championship • finished third on the team at both the Greater Louisville Classic 5K (17:30.46) and the Griak Invitational (22:27.4), where she was 33rd overall • finished fourth on the team at the Wisconsin adidas Invitational (20:54.1) and the season-opening Oz Memorial (22:42.2).
2014 • Redshirt Freshman Season: Named Academic All-Big Ten • ran six races • made her Gopher debut as the second Gopher and ninth finisher overall at the Oz Memorial 6K (23:18.5) • finished ninth on the team and 27th overall at the BYU Autumn Classic three-mile in 19:03.4 • finished 11th on the team in 23:52.5 at the Griak Invitational • placed 22nd overall and finished 12th for Minnesota at the SDSU Classic 5K in 18:53.81 • finished third for the Gophers in the open race at the Wisconsin adidas Invitational in 22:19 for 57th overall • led the Gophers and placed second overall at Jack's Run in a career-best 22:10.1 • named an alternate for the Big Ten Championships, NCAA Midwest Regional and NCAA Championships.
2013 • Freshman Season: Redshirted the 2013 cross country season and the 2014 indoor and outdoor track & field seasons.
High School: A 2013 graduate of Fargo South High School • high school coaches were Mike Merritt and Troy Thorson • an all-state cross country performer, finishing third in 2012 • on the track, won the 800m (2:17.34) at the 2013 North Dakota Division A state meet and finished sixth in the 1,600m and the 4x400m relay • 2013 Eastern Dakota Conference champion in the 1,600m • five-time letterwinner in cross country and track • four-year letterwinner in basketball • National Honor Society member.
Personal: Born July 12, 1995 • daughter of Guy and Kimberly Strandemo • has three siblings, Thomas, Sarah and William • majoring in Marketing and Mandarin Chinese • nickname is Maddie • enjoys water sports, including water-skiing and wakeboarding.
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.