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 has nine repeat academic all-conference honorees this fall
The top four Gophers record career-best times at the Wisconsin adidas Invitational
2014 • Redshirt Sophomore Season: Named Academic All-Big Ten • ran five races • finished among the top nine Gophers at four meets • placed 19th overall and was the fifth Gopher at the Oz Memorial 6K in 23:53.6 • finished 39th overall and 12th on the team at the BYU Autumn Class three-mile in 19:39.1 • finished as the ninth Gopher at the Griak Invitational in 23:31.8 • placed 16th overall and finished ninth for Minnesota at the SDSU Classic 5K in 18:44.06 • finished second for the Gophers and 50th overall in a season-best 22:15 in the open race at the Wisconsin adidas Invitational.
2013 • Redshirt Freshman Season: Raced in six meets • ran a career-best 21:55 as the fourth Gopher in 14th overall at the open race of the Wisconsin adidas Invitational • also ran career-bests in three meets leading up to the adidas Invitational, beginning with the Oz Memorial (23:37.6) as the 12th Gopher • improved her career-best to 22:55.5 as the 14th Gopher at the Griak Invitational (137th overall) • cut over 30 seconds off her time and finished second on the team (seventh overall) in 22:17.02 at the Blugold Invitational • came in fifth overall as the fourth Gopher in 22:34.3 at Jack's Run • was the sixth Gopher finisher at Rocky's Run (23:39).
2012 • Freshman Season: Redshirted the 2012 cross country season.
High School: A graduate of Kasson-Mantorville High School • two-time Minnesota state track champion: in the 4x800-meter relay in 2009, and the 1600m in 2010 • all-state performer every year from 2008-11 • four-time Hiawatha Valley League champion • holds school records in the 1600m, 3200m, and 4x800m relay • will make her cross country debut as a Gopher, as Kasson-Mantorville does not have a cross country team • also an all-conference and academic all-state volleyball player • academic letterwinner.
Personal: Born December 31, 1993 • daughter of Michael and Michelle Mikkalson • has four siblings: Katie, Erin, Layton, and Hannah • majoring in psychology and minoring in biology with the goal of becoming a dentist • enjoys wakeboarding, tubing, and coaching young volleyball players.