BLOOMINGTON, Minn. -- The Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC) recognized outstanding performances from the past week with the announcement of its Athlete-of-the-Week award winners in cross country and golf. Student-athletes from Augsburg, Carleton and Gustavus claimed the conference's weekly honors for the week of Sept. 5-11, 2016.
The MIAC Athlete-of-the-Week awards are nominated and selected each week by the conference's sports information directors. Throughout the fall season, individual sports (cross country and golf) announced on Tuesday afternoon, and follow the team sports (football, volleyball and soccer) Athletes-of-the-Week awards, which are announced each Monday afternoon.
Tuesday's awards announcement carried good news for Augsburg College, and more honors from student-athletes from Gustavus and Carleton. A pair of Auggies – Taybri Irving and Brett Gaustad – were named Athletes-of-the-Week in women's cross country and men's golf, respectively, after impressive performances over the weekend. Gustavus' Thomas Knobbe continued his outstanding start to the season with a second-straight men's cross country honor, and Carleton's Alyssa Akiyama became the second-straight Knight to win the women's golf award thanks to her school-record performance.
To view each sport's 2016-17 Athlete-of-the-Week home page, visit the MIAC's Awards page, or visit the 2016-17 Athlete-of-the-Week news archive for complete details on each week's selections and winners.
MIAC Athlete-of-the-Week awards are awarded each week during the regular season for each of the MIAC's 22 championship sports to recognize and honor outstanding performances and athletic excellence that contribute to the MIAC's core value of "Quality Athletics."
||MIAC Men's Cross Country
Gustavus Adolphus College
Senior – Decorah, Iowa
|Thomas Knobbe continued his red-hot start to the fall season with another great performance,
another victory, and another MIAC weekly honor – his second in a row. The Gustie senior
finished first in a field of 67 runners consisting of the Gustavus and Saint John's teams as well
as Gustie alumni. He finished the 5k course in 15:53.2, and helped his team finish with a total
of 21 points to defeat the Johnnies (44) and GAC Alumni Team (67). Knobbe won the race by
nearly six seconds.
|| MIAC Women's Cross Country
Senior – Rosemount, Minn.
|Taybri Irving was the top Division III finisher in a very competitive field at the Wisconsin-River
Falls Falcon Invitational on Friday, as she finished second overall with a 23:15.60 time over six
kilometers. Her effort led the Auggies to one of its best-ever finishes in a multi-team meet in
program history, as Augsburg finished third in the 12-team meet, which included Division II St.
Cloud State and four other MIAC schools. Irving was the runner-up in a field of 153 runners
behind only a D-II runner from St. Cloud State, and she was nearly 15 second ahead of the next
D-III and MIAC runner.
||MIAC Men's Golf
Woodbury, Minn. / Hill-Murray
Brett Gaustad shot a 36-hole total of 5-over-par 148 (71-77) to place third in the 96-player field
||MIAC Women's Golf
Terrace Park, Ohio / Seven Hills School
|Alyssa Akiyama fired a five-under par 67 in Sunday's final round at the Wartburg Fall Invitational to
break the MIAC 18-hole scoring record in both total score and in relation to par. With her second-round
surge, Akiyama earned her first collegiate victory, as she finished the two-day tournament with a
one-over par 145. She led Carleton to a first-place finish in the team standings (314-294=608), and
the Knights' final-round score of 2014 broke the MIAC 18-hole record by three shots and is just the
third time a MIAC women's team came in under 300 shots.