Minnesota featured 16 programs with at least one Distinguished Scholar Award winner for the 2012-13 academic year.
Women's track and field leads the way with 45 recognized individuals
All seven NCAA Championships competitors were among the honorees.
Ritter has learned how to balance running and a pre-med course load.
2012 Senior Season: Posted a season-best time of 22:05 in the open race at the Wisconsin adidas Invite, finishing 54th (seventh on team) the team's ninth runner (51st) at the Roy Griak Invitational (22:34.4) team's No. 6 runner (14th) at the Blugold Invite (22:16.72) ran at six meets total Academic All-Big Ten.
2011 Junior Season: Redshirted the 2011 Cross Country season
2010 Sophomore Season: Ran a season-best time of 22:32.7 at the Neubauer Invitational competed at six meets co-recipient of the team's Coaches' Award Academic All-Big Ten
2009 Redshirt Freshman Season: Ran in six races Gophers' second runner in UWEC Invitational with a season-best time of 23:22.50 team's fourth runner in Neubauer Invitational.
2008 Freshman Season: Redshirted the season.
High School: A 2008 graduate of Mukwonago High School high school coaches were Mike Furlong and Craig Huelsman three-time all-state performer on the track ran the anchor leg for the 2008 Wisconsin Division 1 champion 4x800-meter relay placed third in 800 meters at state in 2007 with a school-record time of 2:14.25 finished eighth as a senior three-time Classic 8 Conference champion in the 800 meters all-conference selection in cross country as a junior and senior lettered four times in track, twice in both cross country and tennis a member of the National Honor Society.
Personal: Born March 5, 1990 majoring in Biology, Society & Enviorment and Genetics Cell Biology & Development daughter of Wolfgang and Carolyn Ritter has a older sister, Megan, and a younger brother, Steven enjoys baking and playing the piano.
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.