BLOOMINGTON, Minn. -- The 2017 Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC) Women's Outdoor Track and Field Championships featured outstanding performances from each of the conference's 12 teams, so it was fitting that individuals from three different institutions claimed the top individual honors, Thursday, when the conference announced the 2017 MIAC Women's Outdoor Track and Field Awards.
Concordia's Emma Peterson highlighted the MIAC awards as she was named not only the Outstanding Field Athlete but was also given the Outstanding Performance-of-the-meet award for her jumping successes. St. Thomas' Brielle Bierman added to her trophy case with the Outstanding Track Athlete award. St. Benedict's Robin Balder-Lanou also got into the awards act receiving the MIAC Coach-of-the-Year honor.
The individual honors are accompanied by the announcement of the All-Conference selections and one member of each team was selected to the All-Sportsmanship Team. The top individual awards were voted on by the 12 women's outdoor track and field head coaches.
Peterson starred for Concordia at the MIAC outdoor meet with a conference title in the women's triple jump and the women's high jump. As a two time MIAC Outdoor Track & Field Athlete-of-the-Week, who started to triple jumpe only last year, Peterson set the tone as she broke the standing conference record in the triple jump of 11.81, held by fellow Cobber Hilary Thompson in 2014. She soared to new lengths with a jump of 12.15 meters. In the high jump, Peterson rose to the top with a final jump of 1.69 meters.
Bierman was voted the Outstanding Track Athlete for her success in both hurdle events. Bierman won the 100m-hurdles at 14.83, with second place, St. Benedicts Megan Sundstrom coming in at 15.12. In the 400m-hurdles Bierman and Sundstrom battled again, but Bierman came out on top with a time of 1:02.10 and Sundstrom not far behind with a time of 1:02.42. Both performances contributed to the St. Thomas women's teams 13th-straight MIAC Outdoor championships title.
Balder-Lanou (19th season) earned her second MIAC outdoor coaching honor thanks to her team's second-place finish at the 2017 Outdoor Championships. She was also named the MIAC Outdoor Coach-of-the-Year in 2010 and the MIAC Indoor Women's Track and Field Coach-of-the-Year in 2009, 2011 and 2016. This spring, Balder-Lanou's team racked up 130 points to finish ahead of everyone except champion St. Thomas (146.75), and the Blazers held more than a 20-point edge on the rest of the field. Balder-Lanou's student-athletes captured two individual MIAC event titles and they turned in 10 All-Conference performances.
Fans can re-live all the action of the 2017 MIAC Outdoor Track and Field Championships online. The event home page has complete results, recaps, and more from an exciting weekend.
2017 MIAC WOMEN'S OUTDOOR TRACK AND FIELD AWARDS
2017 Individual Awards
Outstanding Track Athlete
Outstanding Field Athlete
2017 All-MIAC Sportsmanship Team
2017 All-Conference Team