Barkhaus won the 2012 men's cross country individual title at the WAC Championship meet in Ruston, La., this past season with a time of 24:02.90 on the 8k course. Running in the men's 10,000m run at the WAC Outdoor Track and Field Championships, Barkhaus earned second team All-WAC honors. He finished sixth with a time of 32:33.20.
In the classroom Barkhaus finished his academic career with a bachelor's degree in finance, recording a 3.502 GPA. In the 2012-13 academic year, Barkhaus earned All-Academic honors from the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA), as well as being a two time Academic All-WAC honoree.
To be eligible for Academic All-America consideration, a student-athlete must be a varsity starter or key reserve, maintain a cumulative G.P.A. of 3.30 on a scale of 4.00, have reached sophomore athletic and academic standings at his/her current institution and be nominated by his/her sports information director.