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 swimming and diving and indoor track and field. Student-athletes from Bethel, Carleton, St. Catherine and St. Thomas claimed the conference's weekly honors for the week of Jan. 16-22, 2017.
The MIAC Athlete-of-the-Week awards are nominated and selected each week by the conference's sports information directors. Each week, team sports (basketball and hockey) Athletes-of-the-Week are recognized each Monday afternoon, with individual sports (swimming and diving and indoor track and field) announced on Tuesday afternoon.
The MIAC Swimming and Diving Athletes-of-the-Week both swam to outstanding performances last week. Carleton's Alex Mathson won all three of his individual events and added a top-three relay finish and had a season-best time in the 200-yard IM in a dual meet against Saint John's. St. Catherine's Mary Jane Voss had a career performance at the Grinnell Invite with one win, two other top-three finishes, two career-best times and two season-best times.
The MIAC Indoor Track and Field Athletes-of-the-Week all had big-time performances that rank high on the MIAC and Division III performance lists. Bethel's Karl Olsen broke a 23-yeard old school record in the 200 with a time that leads the MIAC and ranks seventh nationally. Carleton's Alexa Feeney won two individual races and a relay event with a pair of MIAC-leading times. St. Thomas swept the field awards, as Micah Hausman won the shot put and added a third-place finish in the weight throw with top-20 nationally-ranked distances, and Grace Bordson recorded the MIAC's best high jump mark this season while finishing third against Division I and II competition.
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."
||Men's Swimming &
|Carleton's Alex Mathson had an outstanding showing in the Knights' dual meet with Saint John's, as he was victorious
in all three of his individual events, and helped a Carleton relay team to a third-place finish. The Knights senior won
the mile with a time of 17:13.14, which was good for more than a 50-second margin of victory. He was also first to
the wall with times of 2:03.87 in the 200-yard backstroke, and 2:03.93 to win the 200-yard individual medley, with
the latter representing a season-best mark. He also helped the 200-yard medley relay finish third with a time of
1:42.42. Matson currently ranks third in the 100-IM, fifth in the mile and 400-IM and seventh in the 200-back in the
MIAC this season.
||Women's Swimming &
Mary Jane Voss
St. Catherine University
|St. Catherine's Mary Jane Voss had a career performance at the Grinnell Invite, as she qualified for the "A" final in
seven of eight events, with one first-place finish and two other top-three finishes against outstanding Division II and
III competition. She won the 200-yard individual medley with a career-best time of 2:16.43, and was second in the
400-IM with a season-best time of 4:48.76. She also had a career-best of 2:14.65 en route to a third-place finish in
the 200-yard butterfly and swam a season-best time of 2:20.54 in the 200-yard backstroke. She also helped three St.
Kate's relay teams finish in the top seven. Voss is currently ranked fourth in the 200-fly, sixth in the 400-IM and
eighth in the 200-IM in the MIAC.
|Men's Indoor Track
Bloomington, Minn. / Jefferson
|The Bethel University 200-meter dash school record had stood for more than two decades … until last week, that is.
Royals' sprinter Karl Olsen won the 200 at Macalester's Kilt Classic with a time of 22.45 seconds, which broke Bethel's
23-year-old school record in the event. Not only did Olsen's time resonate on campus, it also stands as the top time in
the MIAC this season, and it ranks No. 7 nationally in all of NCAA Division III. Olsen also helped the Bethel 4x400-meter
relay team to a first-place finish with a time of 3:25.90, which also ranked No. 1 in the conference in 2017.
||Men's Indoor Field
University of St. Thomas
|St. Thomas' Micah Hausman had another strong weekend as he recorded top-20 national throws in both the shot put
and weight throw in front of the home crowd at the St. Thomas Invite, which included athletes from Division I, II and
III. He won the shot put in a field of 19 with a toss of 50-11, and placed third of 15 behind two unattached athletes in
the weight throw with a distance of 55-3. On the season, he ranks first in the conference and eighth in all of Division
III in the weight throw with his season-best mark of 57-8.25 best, and second in the conference and 15th in D-III in
the shot put with a season-best distance of 51-5.75.
||Women's Indoor Track
St. Charles, Ill. / North
|Carleton's Alexa Feeney won two individual events and ran on a victorious relay team during in her 2017 season debut
at the Carleton Triangular. Her winning time of 26.22 in the 200-meter dash is tops in the MIAC this year, ranks third
all-time at Carleton, and ranks 17th in Division III. She won the 55-meter dash in 7.428 which currently stands third
all-time at Carleton and, when converted to the 60-meter distance, ranks fourth in the MIAC and 44th in D-III this season.
She also ran on the top ranked 4x400-meter relay team, which won with a time of 4:09.55. That time leads the MIAC,
and ranks 36th in the nation.
||Women's Indoor Field
University of St. Thomas
|St. Thomas sophomore Grace Bordson jumped a career-best 5-4.25 Friday in the high jump at the St. Thomas Invite.
Bordson's jump is the best in the MIAC thus far in 2017, and is tied for 22nd in all of NCAA Division III, just one inch out
of the top 10. She placed third out of 12 Friday behind a pair of scholarship athletes, as UST competed against student
athletes from Division I Minnesota, Division II Concordia-St. Paul, and NAIA Jamestown. This is the first indoor track and
field season for Bordson, who also plays volleyball with the Tommies and finished third at the 2016 MIAC Outdoor
Championships with a season-best mark of 5-3.