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
Minnesota hosts the 35th annual running of Rocky's Run at Les Bolstad Course this Sunday
Fifth-year senior Stacey Swatek is Minnesota's Big Ten Cross Country Sportsmanship award recipient
Liz Berkholtz and Kaila Urick earned Second Team All-Big Ten honors for Minnesota.
2015 • Redshirt Senior Season: Named Big Ten Sportsmanship Award winner • has run five races • ran a career-best 21:32.9 to lead the Gophers and place 14th overall in the open race at the Wisconsin adidas Invitational • finished 64th overall at the Big Ten Championship as the ninth Gopher in 21:40.7 • placed 67th overall at the Griak Invitational (22:57.4) as the sixth Gopher • placed seventh on the team and 106th overall at the Greater Louisville Classic 5K in 18:10.52 • finished 10th on the team at the season-opening Oz Memorial (23:08.0) • served as an alternate at the NCAA Midwest Regional.
2014 • Redshirt Junior Season: Named Academic All-Big Ten • ran six races • placed among the top four Gophers at four meets • ran a career-best 22:16.9 as the second Gopher in fourth overall at Jack's Run • led the Gophers and finished sixth overall at Rocky's Run (23:54) • finished 18th overall and fourth on the team at the Oz Memorial 6K in 23:45.8 • was the 10th Gopher at the Griak Invitational in 23:46.8 • placed 17th overall and finished 10th for Minnesota at the SDSU Classic 5K in 18:46.85 • ran a 22:33 as the fourth Gopher in the open race at the Wisconsin adidas Invitational, finishing 70th overall.
2013 • Redshirt Sophomore Season: Raced in six meets • posted consecutive career-best times at four-straight meets beginning with the Griak Invitational (23:16.0, 21st Gopher), the Blugold Invitational (23:05.0, 10th Gopher), Neubauer Invitational (23:01.7, sixth Gopher) and Jack's Run (22:53.4, seventh Gopher) • took almost an entire minute off her time in the first two meets of the season from the Oz Memorial (24:15.7) to the Griak • finished 12th on the team at Rocky's Run (24:20).
2012 • Redshirt Freshman Season: Season-best time was 23:43.05 at the Blugold Invitational, where she finished 62nd • competed at six meets overall.
2011 • Freshman Season: Redshirted the 2011 cross country season.
High School: A 2011 graduate of Wisconsin Dells High School • high school coaches were Dean Knetter and Troy Nelson • four year letterwinner in cross country • first team all-conference all four years • team captain and MVP honors as a senior • also participated in track & field and swimming • lettered twice in swimming • member of the Central Wisconsin Wavemakers swim team • scholar athlete award recipient.
Personal: Born June 23, 1993 • completed her undergraduate degree in kinesiology and enrolled in a Master's of Education program • daughter of Tom and Catherine Swatek • mother was an All-American in track at UW-Stevens Point • has one sister named Allie • enjoys summer, swimming, being outside and playing sports.
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.