Fifth-year seniors Liz Berkholtz and Kaila Urick lead Minnesota into its 11th-straight NCAA Championship
Minnesota enters Friday's meet looking for its 11th-straight NCAA Championship bid
Liz Berkholtz and Kaila Urick earned Second Team All-Big Ten honors for Minnesota.
Minnesota looks to improve on last year's fifth-place finish at the Big Ten meet
The Gophers ran eight career-best 6K times at the Wisconsin adidas Invitational Friday
2015 • Redshirt Freshman Season: Ran five races • ran a career-best 21:39.2 as the eighth Gopher in 63rd place at the Big Ten Championship • placed 18th overall as the second Gopher in the open race at the Wisconsin adidas Invitational (21:39.3) • finished sixth on the team and 16th overall at the Oz Memorial (22:58.4) • placed eighth on the team at both the Griak Invitational (23:25.8) and the Greater Louisville Classic 5K (18:10.63) • served as an alternate at the NCAA Midwest Regional and NCAA Championship.
2014 • Freshman Season: Competed in five races as an unattached runner.
High School: A 2014 graduate of North St. Paul High School • four-year track & field letterwinner and two-year cross country letterwinner • joined cross country as a junior after playing soccer for two years • two-time state qualifier in cross country, finishing sixth at the 2013 Minnesota Class AA state cross country championships as a senior after placing 24th as a junior • 2013 Classic Suburban Conference champion in cross country • two-time all-state and all-conference honoree in cross country • placed 12th in the 3,200m at the 2014 Minnesota Class AA state track & field championships as a senior • 2013 and 2014 Classic Suburban Conference champion in the 1,600m • holds North St. Paul school records in 800m and 3,200m • also played soccer and hockey in high school • National Honor Society member.
Personal: Born February 17, 1996 • daughter of Peter and Diane O'Brien • has six siblings, Tom, Jim, Joe, Mary, Petey and Cathie • sister Mary played soccer at the University of Minnesota from 2010-11 • brother Jim played hockey at the University of Minnesota and in the NHL with the New Jersey Devils • enjoys skating, playing hockey and soccer, dancing and watching movies • intends to major in elementary education.
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.