Taylor Mikkalson, Molly Eastman, and Emily Castanias led Minnesota in its final home meet of the season Sunday
Courtney Alama, Danielle Anderson and Taylor Mikkalson led Minnesota at Jack's Twilight Run Friday evening
The Gophers ran eight career-best 6K times at the Wisconsin adidas Invitational Friday
No. 23 Minnesota will race at the Wisconsin adidas Invitational and the Tori Neubauer Invitational this week
Liz Berkholtz led Minnesota with a 14th-place finish at the Greater Louisville Classic 5K Saturday
2015 • Redshirt Junior Season: Ran six races • ran a career-best 21:49.4 as the third Gopher in 23rd overall in the open race at the Wisconsin adidas Invitational • placed seventh on the team and 18th overall at the season-opening Oz Memorial (23:02.0) • finished 10th on the team and 110th overall at the Greater Louisville Classic 5K in 18:12.68 • finished 11th on the team at the Griak Invitational (23:55.8) • placed 33rd overall as the fifth female finisher at Jack’s Run • led the Gophers and placed fifth overall at Rocky’s Run (23:35.1).
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.
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.