BLOOMINGTON, Minn. -- The Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC) announced its Athlete of the Week award winners for golf, outdoor track and field and tennis on Tuesday. Student-athletes from Bethel, Gustavus, Hamline, St. Catherine and Saint John's claimed the Conference's weekly honors for April 10-16, 2018.
The MIAC Athlete of the Week awards are nominated and selected by the Conference's sports information directors. Throughout the spring season, team sports (softball, baseball) Athletes of the Week will be recognized on Monday afternoons, with individual sports (golf, tennis, outdoor track and field) 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 Golf Athlete of the Week
Saint John's University
Sauk Rapids, Minn. | Foley
Preston Kopel led Saint John's with a two-over-par 74 to tie for second out of 29 golfers in his first varsity appearance at the Johnnies' 2018 debut meet in Phoenix, Ariz. SJU shot a 304 (+16), followed by a second-place tie between nationally-ranked Arizona Christian (NAIA) and Division II MSU-Mankato at 312 (+24).
MIAC Women's Golf Athlete of the Week
Gustavus Adolphus College
Buffalo, Minn. | Benilde-St. Margaret's
McKenzie Swenson fired a 78-75-153 over the weekend to take second place at the Kathy Niepagen Spring Fling, hosted by Illinois Wesleyan University. Swenson's second round featured 13 pars and a birdie as she shot the low-round of the day. Gustavus took fifth out of 18 teams with a score of 320-327-647.
MIAC Men's Tennis Athlete of the Week
Gustavus Adolphus College
Zach Ekstein won both his singles and doubles matches against the University of Chicago last week, as the Gusties upset the No. 3-ranked team in the country, 6-3. Ekstein and doubles partner Mason Bultje won 8-6 at No. 3 doubles before Ekstein topped the No. 3-ranked singles player in the Central Region, 6-1, 6-4, at No. 2 singles.
MIAC Women's Tennis Athlete of the Week
St. Catherine University
Rapid City, S.D. | Stevens
Alisha Wiedmeier helped St. Kate's win its fourth consecutive match, earning a key MIAC victory over Saint Mary's on Friday. The sophomore teamed with Julia Sporer to claim victory at No. 1 doubles before securing a come-from-behind win in singles play, taking the last two sets at No. 2 singles.
MIAC Men's Outdoor Track Athlete of the Week
Bloomington, Minn. | Jefferson
Karl Olsen took first-place in the 400-meter with a time of 48.05 at the Tomcat Twilight last week. That time ranks sixth in all of NCAA Division III. This is Olsen's second MIAC Athlete of the Week award of 2018 and his first of the outdoor season.
MIAC Men's Outdoor Field Athlete of the Week
Prior Lake, Minn.
Eric Dols set a school record with his 195-05 hammer throw, breaking the previous mark by nearly four feet. Dols – who is receiving his second consecutive MIAC Athlete of the Week honor and third overall in 2018 – now boasts the top throw in the Conference this season by 13 feet and ranks fourth in all of Division III.
MIAC Women's Outdoor Track Athlete of the Week
Cushing, Wis. | Grantsburg
Delia Labatt placed first in the 400-meter with a time of 56.88 at the Hamline Twilight last week. Labatt's time ranks first in the MIAC and 13th among all Division III sprinters. This is Labatt's second Athlete of the Week honor of 2018 and her first of the outdoor season.
MIAC Women's Outdoor Field Athlete of the Week
Two Harbors, Minn.
Jessie Juenemann won the discus and placed second in the shot put at the Hamline Twilight last week. The sophomore's discus throw of 143-05 is the best in the Conference by 10 feet this season and ranks 11th in all of Division III.