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 Bethel, Macalester, St. Catherine and Saint John's claimed the conference's weekly honors for the week of Sept. 19-25, 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.
Macalester College swept the two MIAC Cross Country Athlete-of-the-Week awards behind a pair of outstanding performances at the prestigious Roy Grian Invitational. Lachlan Hinwood finished sixth to earn the men's honor, and Kimber Meyer was the women's runner up to also earn MIAC accolades. Saint John's Mack Farley used medalist honors and a team win at the Twin Cities Classic to claim men's golf honors, and St. Catherine's Kaitlyn Alvarez and Bethel's Christine Piwnica shared the women's golf award after also sharing individual medalist honors at the College City Challenge.
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
Senior – Colfax, Wis.
|Macalester senior Lachlan Hinwood had an outstanding performance Saturday in one of the season's
most prestigious races. The Scots' runner was the top MIAC finisher in the Division III race at the
University of Minnesota's Roy Griak Invitational, which includes top teams from around the Midwest.
Hinwood completed the course in 28:01.9 to finish in sixth place in a field of 90 runners. In addition
to being one of only two MIAC men in the top 10, Hinwood was also the top finisher from a Minnesota
Division III institution. He helped the Scots finish sixth out of nine teams.
|| MIAC Women's Cross Country
Senior – Naperville, Ill. / North
|Macalester senior star Kimber Meyer added another career highlight to her resume' Saturday with a
top-two finish at the prestigious Roy Griak Invitational, hosted by the University of Minnesota. Meyer
crossed the finish line in 23:56.53, and finished behind only Pomona-Pitzer's Maya Weigel, who was
third at nationals a year ago. In a field of 14 teams – six from the MIAC – and 210 total runners,
Meyer was the top MIAC finisher and the top finisher from a Minnesota school, and was nearly 20
seconds better than any other runner from the conference.
||MIAC Men's Golf
Saint John's University
Senior – Lakeville, Minn. / South
Saint John's Mack Farley led his team to a title at the Twin Cities Classic by finishing first and
||MIAC Women's Golf
St. Catherine University
Junior – Eau Claire, Wis. / North
|Three was a lucky number for St. Kate's at the College City Challenge, as Kaitlyn Alvarez became
just the third Wildcat to earn individual medalist honors at a tournament, and it also marked the
third first-place team finish in program history. Alvarez shot a consistent eight-over par 154 with a
four-over 77 in each of the two rounds to share medalist with Bethel's Christine Piwnica (the Co-Athlete-
of-the-Week) and St. Thomas' Rachel Morris. The St. Kate's sophomore helped her team shave 11
shots of its second-day score and vault from sixth all the way into a one-shot win over Carleton.
||MIAC Women's Golf
Jr. – Victoria, Minn. / Southwest Christian
|Bethel junior Christine Piwnica had an outstanding weekend on the golf course, as she finished in a
three-way tie with St. Kate's Kaitlyn Alvarez (Co-Athlete-of-the-Week) and St. Thomas' Rachel Morris
to share medalist honors at the College City Challenge at Bellwood Oaks Golf Club in Hastings, Minn.
Piwnica opened with a three-over par 76, the finished with a five-over par 78 to finish with a two-day,
eight-over total of 154 to match Alvarez and Morris and share first place. The junior helped The Royals
card a team score of 651 (324-327) and finish in fourth place at the 12-team tournament.