BLOOMINGTON, Minn. - The NCAA postseason continued over the weekend and Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC) teams fared well, with both Saint John's and Bethel advancing in the NCAA Football Playoffs, and Carleton placing both its men's and women's cross country teams among the top-15 in the nation at the 2018 NCAA Division III Cross Country Championships. St. Olaf and St. Thomas each placed their men's cross country teams among the nation's top-30 as well, while the Tommie men's soccer team concluded its 2018 season in the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament.
MIAC champion Saint John's scored 42 points in the first quarter before rolling to an 84-6 victory over Martin Luther to open the 2018 NCAA Division III Football Playoffs. Junior quarterback Jackson Erdmann (Rosemount, Minn.) threw six touchdown passes to six different receivers in the game, as Saint John's set a new NCAA Division III record for most points in a single Playoff game. The Johnnies will host undefeated Whitworth (10-0) at noon on Saturday, November 24.
Bethel also cruised to a First Round victory in the 2018 NCAA Division III Football Playoffs, defeating Wartburg, 41-14, on Saturday. Freshman signal-caller Jaran Roste (Alexandria, Minn. | Jefferson) carried the ball 10 times for 150 yards and three touchdowns, with scores of 3, 67, and 41 yards in the game. BU's defense was just as impressive, totaling 10 sacks and two interceptions while holding Wartburg to minus-42 yards rushing in the game. The Royals will travel to Naperville, Ill. for a Second Round contest against 10-1 North Central at noon on Saturday, November 24.
For the second year in a row and seventh time overall, the Carleton women's cross country team finished among the top-10 teams at the NCAA Division III Championships in Winneconne, Wis. over the weekend. Carleton collected 326 points in the race and was paced by 2018 MIAC individual runner-up Emma Greenlee (Aurora, Minn. | Mesabi East), who crossed the finish line in 44th place with a time of 22:05.0. Johns Hopkins won the team title with a score of 101.
The Carleton men's team placed 14th at the 2018 NCAA Championships with 409 points in a race that featured both a restart and a pair of multi-runner pileups. Sophomores Lucas Mueller (St. Paul, Minn. | Nova Classical Academy) and Matt Wilkinson (Minnetonka, Minn.) avoided much of the traffic to become the 24th and 25th All-Americans in program history. Mueller - who placed first as an individual at October's MIAC Championships - clocked a time of 24:49.7 for 17th place at the NCAA Championships, while Wilkinson finished 38th overall at 24:58.9. St. Olaf came in 25th overall as a team with 574 points, while St. Thomas was not far behind in 30th place with 666 points. North Central claimed the team championship with a score of 43.
The St. Thomas men's soccer team wrapped up its 2018 campaign after reaching the Sweet 16 for the third consecutive season. The Toms finished the season with a record of 16-4-2 after falling to Luther College, 1-0, at Stagg Field on the University of Chicago campus on Saturday. A Norse goal in the 55th minute of action was the only scoring in the match. UST was one of four teams from the MIAC to clinch an NCAA Tournament berth this season, punching its ticket to the "Big Dance" as an at-large selection in 2018.
Fans can follow the remaining MIAC postseason action on the MIAC scoreboard or the MIAC mobile app, which is a free download on both the iTunes and Google Play stores. The MIAC scoreboard and app will include links to follow each game live, as well as scores, stats, recaps, photos and more.