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 indoor track and field and tennis. Student-athletes from Carleton, Hamline, Saint Benedict, Saint Mary's and St. Olaf claimed the conference's weekly honors for the week of Feb. 7-12, 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 (indoor track and field, and tennis) announced on Tuesday afternoon.
The Indoor Track and Field Athletes-of-the-Week all had performances that ranked high on the MIAC and national leader boards. St. Olaf's Joe Coffey won the 1,000-meter run in 2:28.02, which ranks No. 1 in the MIAC and No. 2 in Ole history to win men's track honors. Hamline's Eric Dols claimed men's field honors, as his weight throw distance of 56-1 ranks third in the MIAC and No. 23 in Division III. Saint Benedict's Allison Kosobud claimed women's track honors by winning the 800-meter run in 2:15.56, which leads the MIAC and ranks No. 10 nationally. Saint Mary's Becca Dup took home women's field honors for her school-record long jump distance of 18-1.75, which leads the MIAC and is the 19th-best mark recorded nationally this season.
Both MIAC Tennis Athletes-of-the-Week had outstanding performances on the court last week. Hamline's Cody Jahrig won the men's honor after going 2-0 in singles play and 1-1 in doubles play against Gustavus and Northwestern, including the Pipers' first singles or doubles win against the Gusties in five years. Carleton's Danielle Vasiliev was a perfect 4-0 (2-0 singles, 2-0 doubles) while leading her team to a win over Hamline and a near-upset (5-4) of Augustana (S.D.), the 32nd-ranked team in Division II.
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 Indoor Track
St. Olaf College
Klamath Fall, Ore. / Klamath Union
|St. Olaf senior distance runner Joe Coffey continued his outstanding senior season with a historic win in the 1,000-meter
run that earned him MIAC Indoor Track Athlete-of-the-Week honors. Coffey – the 2016 MIAC cross country champ and
Athlete-of-the-Year – prevailed in the 1,000 against a loaded field at The Tommie Showcase, which included top regional
Division II and III teams. His winning time of 2:28.02 is the best mark recorded in the MIAC this season, and it ranks No.
2 all-time in the Oles' storied track and field record book. This season, Coffey also holds the top time in the mile
(4:08.02) in all of NCAA Division III.
||Men's Indoor Field
Prior Lake, Minn.
|Hamline sophomore thrower Eric Dols continued the strong start to his collegiate career with another outstanding showing
in the weight throw, and the MIAC Indoor Field Athlete-of-the-Week award. Dols finished second in the weight throw at
the Meet of the Hearts – and led all MIAC entrants – with an impressive toss of 56-1 feet. That marks ranks third in the
MIAC this season, and No. 23 in all of NCAA Division III. This season, Dols also ranks second in the conference and seventh
nationally in the shot put with a season-best mark of 54-3.25 feet.
||Women's Indoor Track
College of Saint Benedict
|Saint Benedict senior middle-distance runner Allison Kosobud starred in the 800-meter run at the CSB/SJU Quad meet to
earn MIAC Indoor Track Athlete-of-the-Week honors. Kosobod completed the 800-meter course in 2:15.56 to finish first
against a field that included athletes from CSB, Augsburg, Concordia and Minnesota-Morris. Her time ranks No. 10 in all
of Division III this season, and it leads the MIAC by nearly three full seconds. Kosobud's season-best time also was just
two seconds shy of her own school record in the event. Kosobud also leads the MIAC in the 1,000-meter run
with a season-best time of 2:59.49.
||Women's Indoor Field
Saint Mary's University
Albert Lea, Minn.
|Saint Mary's sophomore Becca Dup jumped into the Cardinal record book – literally – thanks to her performance in the
long jump at the UW-Superior Border Battle. Her tremendous showing earned her MIAC Indoor Field Athlete-of-the-Week
honors. Dup won the long jump with a distance of 18-1.75 feet (5.53 meters) to break her own Saint Mary's school record.
The record had previously stood for 18 years before Dup broke it last year, then re-broke it last week. Not only did her
mark help her set school history, it also is the best jump in the MIAC this season by nearly 10 inches, and it
ranks No. 19 nationally.
Missoula, Mont. / Hellgate
|Hamline's Cody Jahrig started his senior season in strong fashion – going 2-0 in singles play and 1-1 in doubles play –
to earn MIAC Athlete-of-the-Week accolades. Jahrig scored a 7-6, 6-3, win at No. 6 singles against Gustavus – Hamline's
first win of any kind against the Gusties in five years – and his No. 3 doubles team nearly won as well in a 9-8 thriller.
Later that day, Jahrig was an 8-2 doubles winner and a 6-0, 6-1, singles winner to help new Hamline Head Coach Julia
Courter score her first collegiate victory in a 7-2 win over Northwestern.
Lincolnshire, Ill. / Stevenson
|Carleton's Danielle Vasiliev had a perfect 4-0 weekend (2-0 singles, 2-0 doubles) to earn MIAC Athlete-of-the-Week
honors. First, Vasiliev was a 6-0, 6-1, winner at No. 2 singles and an 8-1 winner at No. 2 doubles to lead the Knights
to a 9-0 MIAC win over Hamline. Sunday she again won 8-1 at No. 2 doubles and won a 6-1, 2-6, 10-5, thriller at No.
2 singles as Carleton nearly knocked off the No. 32-ranked Division II team in the nation, Augustana (S.D.). Vasiliev is
undefeated thus far in 2017 with a 2-0 singles record and a 3-0 doubles mark.