MIAC Athletes-of-the-Week - Oct. 11, 2016

MIAC Athletes-of-the-Week - Oct. 11, 2016

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 Augsburg, Carleton, Hamline and Saint John's claimed the conference's weekly honors for the week of Oct. 3-10, 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 Athletes-of-the-Week each turned in tremendous performances at the St. Catherine Invitational as Hamline's James Logan (men) and Augsburg Taybri Irving (women) added the conference award to their first-place finishes on Saturday. The two MIAC Golf Athletes-of-the-Week both earned individual medalist honors at the 2016 MIAC Golf Championships. Saint John's Sam Olson finished first while leading the Johnnies to the conference title, and Carleton's Alyssa Akiyama set new 18- and 54-hole tournament scoring records en route to her win and the MIAC weekly award.

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

James Logan
Hamline University
Senior – LaCrosse, Wis. / Logan
Hamline's James Logan turned in an exciting and dramatic win at the nearby St. Catherine Invitational
on Saturday, as he edged out the second-place finisher by less than two seconds. Logan finished the
4,000-meter course in 12:45 to emerge victorious in a field of 52 runners, and he led the Pipers to a
second-place finish as a team. The senior has been the Pipers' top runner in every meet they have
competed in this fall. The MIAC's Athlete-of-the-Week will have a chance to run in his hometown (La
Crosse, Wis.) in his next meet at UW-La Crosse, which will be Hamline's final tune-up for the
MIAC Championships. 

  MIAC Women's Cross Country  

Taybri Irving
Augsburg College

Senior – Rosemount, Minn.
Augsburg's Taybri Irving scored her second meet victory of the season -- and third top-two finish in
her four meets in 2016 – with a triumph at the St. Catherine Invitational on Saturday. Irving finished
the 5,000-meter course in just 18:57.35, which was nearly 16 seconds better than the second-place
finisher. The time was also just five seconds off her previous 5k collegiate-best time, set earlier this
season. Irving's victory came in a field of 85 runners. This is her second MIAC Athlete-of-the-Week
award of 2016, as she also won the honor on Sept. 13, 2016.

MIAC Men's Golf

Sam Olson
Saint John's University

Junior – Sioux Falls, S.D. / O'Gorman

Sam Olson earned medalist honors with a three-round total of 215 (-1) as No. 16 Saint John's won the
2016 MIAC Championship by 18 shots Oct. 8-10 at Bunker Hills G.C. (par 72) in Coon Rapids. Olson posted
a four-under par 68, the third-best single round by a Johnnie at the conference tournament in school history,
on Sunday to help fuel SJU to a 284 (-4), which set a new school record for a single round at the MIAC
Championship, and the team went on to post a 54-hole total of 879, the second-best score in tournament
history. Olson won individual medalist honors by two shots over teammate Ryan Gallagher and
headlined the All-Championship Team.

MIAC Women's Golf

Alyssa Akiyama
Carleton College

  First Year – Terrace Park, Ohio / Seven Hills School  
Carleton's Alyssa Akiyama earned medalist honors at the MIAC Championships as she fired a record-setting
two-under-par 70 Monday to follow up 77s on Saturday and Sunday. Her 70 broke the previous MIAC
Championship 18-hole record (71) by one shot, and her three-day first-place total of 224 (+8) also matched
the tournament's 54-hole record and set a new school scoring record. That performance allowed Akiyama to
turn a two-shot deficit into an astounding seven-shot win, the second victory of her young career. Individually,  
she climbed the leaderboard from third to first during the final day, and she helped the Knights finish
second, just two shots behind first-place St. Catherine.

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