MIAC Athletes of the Week – October 9, 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 Concordia and Gustavus claimed the Conference's weekly honors for October 2-8, 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
Eric Wicklund
Concordia College

Moorhead, Minn.

Eric Wicklund won his first collegiate individual championship at a multi-team meet on Friday, as he ran a season-best time of 25:39 to win the Jamestown Invitational. Wicklund's performance besting 69 other competitors in the field helped Concordia capture its first team cross country title since the 2014 season.

MIAC Women's Cross Country Athlete of the Week
Kara Andersen
Concordia College
Plymouth, Minn. | Armstrong

Kara Andersen ran her fastest 5K time of the season to win the Jamestown Invitational last Friday. Andersen's winning time of 19:01 was 30 seconds faster than she posted last year at the same meet. Her second individual victory of the season helped the Cobbers win their first meet away from Concordia since 2013.

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

Jacob Pedersen earned medalist honors at the 2018 MIAC Men's Golf Championships with a three-round total of 210, the second-lowest 54-hole mark in conference tournament history. Only former Gustie Alex Kolquist has posted a lower 54-hole total at the conference meet when he registered a 207 to win in 2012. Pedersen was the only golfer in the field of 50 to finish under-par in all three rounds.