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 Carleton, Gustavus St. Olaf and St. Thomas claimed the conference's weekly honors for the week of Sept. 14-20, 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.
This week, the two Northfield schools split the MIAC Cross Country Athlete-of-the-Week awards after big performances at the St. Olaf College Invitational. The Oles' Joe Coffey used his second-place finish to claim the men's honor, and Carleton's Emily Kaegi received the women's award for the second time this season in recognition of her top-nine finish. On the golf course, Gustavus' Chris Captain claimed the men's award for his outstanding showing at a top national event, and St. Thomas' Marja Sorensen received the women's honor after sharing medalist honors at the Division III Classic.
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
St. Olaf College
Senior – Klamath Falls, Ore. / Klamath Union
|St. Olaf's men's cross country team stepped it up a notch in competition Saturday at its
home St. Olaf Invitational, and both the Oles and senior runner Joe Coffey were up to the
challenge. Coffey finished second overall in the 290-runner field, and was the top MIAC
finisher, as he completed the 8k course in 25:43. He was just 16 seconds behind the winner,
UW-Eau Claire's Darin Lau (25:27) and led St. Olaf to a top-four finish (98 points) in a 20-team
field that included three Division II opponents.
|| MIAC Women's Cross Country
Junior – Williamstown, Mass. / Mount Greylock
|Carleton junior Emily Kaegi claimed her second MIAC Athlete-of-the-Week award of the young
season for her performance in a loaded field at Saturday's St. Olaf College Invitational. Kaegi
completed the 6k course in 23:14 to finish ninth overall in a field of 373 runners, and she led
the Knights to a second-place team finish behind only Division II Minnesota-Duluth. In the
individual standings, Kaegi was the third Division III runner across the line, as six of the top
eight spots were claimed by D-II athletes.
||MIAC Men's Golf
Gustavus Adolphus College
Junior – Rochester, Minn. / Century
Gustavus' Chris Captain rose to the occasion while competing against some of the nation's best
||MIAC Women's Golf
University of St. Thomas
Sophomore – Cold Spring, Minn. / Rocori
|St. Thomas sophomore Marja Sorensen (73-74=147) tied for medalist honors with a Grinnell
golfer in a field of 93 players at the Division III Classic in Lake City, Minn. She posted the best
36-hole score of her career to lead the Tommies to a 27-shot win over the rest of the field.
Sorensen outscored all 50 MIAC entrants in the 36-hole tournament and had her first medalist
win of her young career. Her first-day 73 was the second-best score of her 25-round UST