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, Saint John's and St. Thomas claimed the conference's weekly honors for the week of Sept. 26-Oct. 3, 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.
The two MIAC Cross Country Atheltes-of-the-Week both had outstanding performances against top-notch competition, as Saint John's Ryan Bugler claimed the men's honor and the women's award went to St. Thomas' Bridget McGivern. The MIAC Men's Golf Athlete-of-the-Week award went to David Perl, who led his team to victory at the Viking Invite by shooting one-over par and finishing second in the individual standings. No MIAC women's golf teams were in action over the past week.
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
Saint John's University
Senior – Okinawa, Japan / Kubasaki
|Saint John's Ryan Bugler ran an outstanding race Friday against a loaded field at the UW-Eau Claire Invitational
to earn MIAC weekly honors. The senior led all MIAC participants with a fourth-place finish, third among collegiate
runners, out of the 282 men with a time of 25:15. SJU (173 points) finished sixth out of 15 teams behind three
top-10 Division III teams – No. 4 UW-Eau Claire (29), No. 8 Wisconsin-La Crosse (61) and No. 9 St. Olaf (96) –
and Division II Michigan Tech (119) and Lakehead of Ontario (155).
|| MIAC Women's Cross Country
University of St. Thomas
Senior – Eagan, Minn.
|St. Thomas senior Bridget McGivern ran a 6,000-meter career-best time by 31 seconds Saturday in Louisville and
took 11th place in a field of 332 finishers from 39 teams at the Division III Pre-Nationals race. McGivern's 22:05.1
time is the fastest 6K time this season by a conference runner. The field included four top-25 ranked teams and six
other regionally-ranked teams and the top five individual finishers were All-Americans. Just five Tommie runners
have run faster than 22:05 since the NCAA moved to the 6k distance for championship meets in 2002.
||MIAC Men's Golf
Sophomore – Glencoe, Ill. / New Trier
David Perl carded a career-best one-over-par 73 in leading Carleton to a three-stroke victory over an 11-team