Dec. 6, 2012
Nineteen members of the University of Minnesota women’s country team were among the recipients of Academic All-Big Ten accolades for the fall season, the conference announced today. The five Golden Gopher fall sports teams earned 70 Academic All-Big Ten certificates in total.
In order for qualify for Academic All-Big Ten honors, student-athletes must be letterwinners in at least their second academic year at their institution and carry a career grade-point average (GPA) of 3.0 or better.
All seven of the Gophers’ NCAA Championships competitors qualified for the academic honor, including Molly Kayfes and Laura Docherty, the team’s top two runners throughout the season. Kayfes led the Gophers at both the NCAA Midwest Regional and the NCAA Championships. She earned All-Region honors with an eighth-place finish. Laura Docherty led the way at the Big Ten Championships, running to All-Conference acclaim with a ninth-place showing. She was also an All-Region performer. Maggie Bollig, Katie Moraczewski, Ashlie Decker, Rachel Drake and Liz Berkholtz rounded out the NCAA Championships roster.
Women’s Cross Country Academic All-Big Ten Selections
Liz Berkholtz - So., Undeclared, Sun Prairie, Wis.
Maggie Bollig - Sr., Psychology, Cross Plains, Wis.
Heather Brunn - Sr., Mathematics, Rogers, Minn.
Kate Bucknam - So., Undeclared, Fayetteville, Ark.
Kelli Budd - Sr., Accounting, Omaha, Neb.
Ashlie Decker - Jr., Sport Management, Des Moines, Iowa
Laura Docherty - Sr., Inter-College Program, St. Paul, Minn.
Lauren Domski - So., Pre-Major, Woodbury, Minn.
Rachel Drake - Sr., Spanish Studies, White Bear Lake, Minn.
Becca Dyson - So., Journalism, Roseville, Minn.
Becca Gusmer - Sr., Kinesiology, Green Bay, Wis.
Molly Kayfes - Jr., Business and Marketing Education, Maple Grove, Minn.
Katie Moraczewski - Sr., Graphic Design, White Bear Lake, Minn.
Cassy Opitz - Sr., Inter-College Program, Eden Prairie, Minn.
Kathryn Ritter - Sr., Genetics/Cell Biology, Mukwonago, Wis.
Jessica Schmidt - Sr., Accounting, DePere, Wis.
Annie Talajkowski - Jr., English, Whitefish Bay, Wis.
Hannah Trasser - So., Psychology, Brookfield, Wis.
Bre Valle - Sr., Family Social Science, Minnetonka, Minn.
Captains Corner: Madeline Strandemo
Fifth-year senior Madeline Strandemo shares her goals and expectations for the cross country season.
Captains Corner: Amelia Barczi
Gophers co-captain Amelia Barczi reflects on her journey as a Gopher so far and looks forward to the year ahead.
Captains Corner: Paige Peschel
Paige Peschel is one of five Gophers serving as team captain for the 2017 cross country season.