Minnesota finished 18th in the team race for its highest NCAA finish since 2009
Fifth-year seniors Liz Berkholtz and Kaila Urick lead Minnesota into its 11th-straight NCAA Championship
No. 21 Minnesota has received an at-large bid to the NCAA Championship next weekend
Liz Berkholtz and Haley Johnson earned all-region honors to lead Minnesota
Minnesota enters Friday's meet looking for its 11th-straight NCAA Championship bid
2015 • Redshirt Senior Season: Named All-Big Ten Second Team honoree • has finished in Minnesota’s top eight at all six races so far this season • ran a season-best 20:29.0 to place 14th as the second Gopher at the Big Ten Championship • placed 27th overall as the third Gopher in 21:03.7 at the NCAA Midwest Regional • finished third on the team and 86th overall at the Wisconsin adidas Invitational (20:52.5) • placed 39th overall as the fifth Gopher at the Greater Louisville Classic 5K (17:35.09) • finished fourth on the team and 35th overall at the Griak Invitational (22:28.9) • placed eighth on the team and 20th overall at the season-opening Oz Memorial (23:05.5).
2014 • Redshirt Junior Season: Named NCAA All-Midwest Region and Academic All-Big Ten • ran seven races • finished second on the team and fifth overall at the BYU Autumn Classic three-mile in 18:13.5 • led the Gophers at the Griak Invitational in 25th overall in 22:01.1 • placed second overall behind teammate Becca Dyson at the SDSU Classic 5K in 17:40.37 • finished third for the Gophers and 81st overall in 21:02 at the Wisconsin adidas Invitational • finished in 20:52.2 at the Big Ten Championships as the third Gopher in 30th place overall • ran a career-best time of 20:25.9 at the NCAA Midwest Regional, earning all-region honors in eighth place overall as the second Gopher • made her NCAA Championship debut, finishing third for the Gophers in 21:52.0 in 192nd overall.
2013 • Redshirt Sophomore Season: Named Academic All-Big Ten • named an alternate for the Big Ten Championship, NCAA Midwest Regional and the NCAA Championship • ran in four meets • led the Gophers and finished sixth overall with a career-best 21:21 in the open race of the Wisconsin adidas Invitational • took 10th overall at the Oz Memorial 6K (23:28.7) • ran a then-career best 22:02.8 as the Gophers' ninth runner at the Griak Invitational, finishing 51st overall • finished 10th overall and 10th on the team at the SDSU Classic with a 5K time of 18:08 • earned second varsity letter.
2012 • Redshirt Freshman: Finished 33rd (sixth on the team) at the Neubauer Invitational with a season-best time of 23:05.9 • finished four races total.
2011 • Freshman Season: Redshirted the 2011 cross country season and the 2012 indoor and outdoor track & field seasons.
High School: A 2011 graduate of Chaska High School • high school coaches were Scott Stallman and Nate Foss • six-year letterwinner in cross country • was a seven-time all-conference selection in cross country and track and field • five-time team MVP • three-time all-state selection in cross country and track • also participated in basketball and Nordic skiing • personal bests of 10:48 in 3200m, 5:00 in 1600m, 2:18 in 800m and 14:22 in 4000m • Athena Award Winner • dean's list.
Personal: Born July 27, 1992 • completed her undergraduate degree in strategic journalism with a minor in management • enrolled in a human resources graduate certificate program • daughter of Marty and Diane Urick • parents both competed in cross country and track at the University of St. Thomas • has two siblings, Jenna and Spencer.
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.