NIU hopes to improve on last year's 11th place finish.
High School: Six-time state qualifier in cross country after earning a spot on Lakeville North High School's varsity squad in seventh grade... Third-ranked senior among all classes in the state of Minnesota... Four-time all-South Suburban Conference selection and three-time all-state pick... Helped Lakeville North qualify for the Minnesota state cross country meet all six years on the varsity squad... Placed seventh at the Minnesota state cross country meet in 2012 with a time of 14:21.30... Won the Section 1AA cross country title as a senior, clocking in at 14:30.60... Qualified for the 2012 Nike Cross Nationals Heartland Regional meet, where she finished 12th with a 5K time of 18:31.44... Earned finishes of seventh and 15th in the 1600 meters and 3200 meters, respectively, at the 2012 Minnesota State Track & Field Championships... Named a team captain for the Panthers in her senior season... Placed second in the 800 meters at UW-River Falls' All-American Invitational, clocking in at a career-best time of 2:27.58... Member of the National Honor Society.
Personal:Born Feb. 12, 1995, in Willmar, Minn... Daughter of Troy and Michele Perkins... Mother was an All-Big 8 Conference honoree at Nebraska, while father played college basketball at Bemidji State... Sister, Jaya, plays basketball at Minnesota, Crookston... Undecided on a major... Volunteers at the Dakota Woodlands Homeless Shelter and as a church youth group leader.