MIAC Athletes of the Week – Oct. 17, 2017

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BLOOMINGTON, Minn. -- The Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC) announced its Athlete of the Week award winners for men's and women's cross country and women's swimming and diving on Tuesday. Student-athletes from Carleton and St. Catherine claimed the Conference's weekly honors for Oct. 10 – Oct. 16, 2017.

The MIAC Athlete of the Week awards are nominated and selected by the Conference's sports information directors. Throughout the fall season, team sports (football, volleyball and soccer) Athletes of the Week will be recognized on Monday afternoons, with individual sports (cross country, swimming and diving) announced on Tuesday afternoons. The winners of the latest Athlete of the Week awards are listed below, along with details on their outstanding performances.

To view each sport's 2017-18 Athlete of the Week home page, navigate to the MIAC's Awards page, or visit the 2017-18 Athlete of the Week news archive for complete details on each week's selections and winners.

MIAC Men's Cross Country Athlete of the Week
Donson Cook-Gallardo
Carleton College
Moscow, Idaho

Racing for the first time in four weeks, Donson Cook-Gallardo finished second out of 116 runners at the Lewis & Clark Invitational on Saturday in Estacada, Ore. The senior helped Carleton finish second in the 11-team competition, eight points behind Southern Oregon, the top-ranked team in the NAIA. Cook-Gallardo posted a time of 24:49.1 en route to his third MIAC Athlete of the Week honor of the season.

MIAC Women's Cross Country Athlete of the Week
Meg Mathison
Carleton College

Waunakee, Wis.

Meg Mathison took third out of 124 racers at the Lewis & Clark Invitational over the weekend, helping Carleton edge a pair of nationally-ranked squads in No. 19 Whitworth and No. 27 Linfield. Mathison notched her third consecutive top-five result, clocking a time of 21:34.0 and earning her third MIAC Athlete of the Week award this year.

MIAC Women's Swimming & Diving Athlete of the Week
Franceska Hernandez-Nietling
St. Catherine University

Kansas City, Mo. | Bishop Miege

First-year swimmer Franceska Hernandez-Nietling was outstanding in her rookie debut for the Wildcats on Friday, winning both the 100-yard individual medley and the 100-yard breaststroke with times of 1:04.80 and 1:12.64, respectively, at the Macalester Pentathlon. She also finished among the top-five in the 100-yard butterfly and 100-yard backstroke to go along with an eighth-place finish in the 100-yard freestyle, helping St. Kate's to a team victory at the event.