MIAC Athletes of the Week – September 11, 2018

MIAC Athletes of the Week - 2018-19

BLOOMINGTON, Minn. -- The Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC) announced its Athlete of the Week award winners for golf and cross country on Tuesday. Student-athletes from Carleton, Gustavus, St. Catherine and St. Thomas claimed the Conference's weekly honors for September 3-10, 2018.

The MIAC Athlete of the Week awards are nominated by the Conference's sports information directors and selected by MIAC staff. Throughout the fall season, team sports (football, soccer and volleyball) Athletes of the Week will be recognized on Monday afternoons, with individual sports (cross country and golf) 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 2018-19 Athlete of the Week home page, navigate to the MIAC's Awards page or visit the 2018-19 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
Tris Dodge
Carleton College

Oakland, Calif. | College Prep

Tris Dodge earned top individual honors and paced Carleton to the team title at the UW-River Falls Falcon Invitational. He completed the eight-kilometer trek at Kilkarney Hills Golf Course in 26:30.1, good for a 26-second margin of victory in the No. 9-ranked Knights' opening race of the season. That time was also a 71-second improvement from his performance on this same course a year ago.

MIAC Women's Cross Country Athlete of the Week
Olivia Moll
University of St. Thomas

Hammond, Wis. | St. Croix Central

Olivia Moll made her collegiate debut with a strong showing in the eight-team Luther Invite to lead the Tommies to second place behind six-time junior college national champion Iowa Central. The No. 19-ranked Toms outscored region contender Loras, 51-84, for second in the tournament, as Moll clocked 19:15 and led a parade of eight Tommies in the top-20.

MIAC Men's Golf Athlete of the Week
Jacob Pedersen
Gustavus Adolphus College
Minnetonka, Minn.

Jacob Pedersen carded rounds of 72-70-73 at the Pioneer Creek Collegiate Invitational in Maple Plain, Minn. over the weekend to finish at one-under-par. The Gusties' first-year golfer was the top Division III competitor in the field and the only non-Division I golfer to place in the top-10. Pedersen's 215 was good for seventh place at the tournament.

MIAC Women's Golf Athlete of the Week
Sydney Busker
St. Catherine University

Detroit Lakes, Minn.

Sydney Busker finished the Cobber Fall Invite in her hometown of Detroit Lakes, Minn. with a two-round score of 157, good for second place overall and the best finish by a Division III competitor in the tournament. Busker was edged only by Division I competitor and former high school teammate, Maddie Herzog of North Dakota State. Busker leads the Wildcats with an average of 80.25 shots over four rounds this fall.