MIAC Athletes of the Week – April 2, 2019

MIAC Athletes of the Week - 2018-19

BLOOMINGTON, Minn. -- The Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC) announced its Athlete of the Week award winners for tennis and outdoor track and field on Tuesday. Student-athletes from Carleton, Saint Benedict, Saint John's, and St. Olaf claimed the Conference's weekly honors.

The MIAC Athlete of the Week awards are nominated by the Conference's sports information directors and selected by MIAC staff. Throughout the spring season, team sports (baseball, softball) Athletes of the Week will be recognized on Monday afternoons, with individual sports (tennis, golf, 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 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 Tennis Athlete of the Week
Xander Zuczek
Carleton College
Westerly, R.I. | St. Bernard

Xander Zuczek was 4-0 in singles and 3-0 in doubles last week, including victories in both during Carleton's match at No. 18-ranked Sewanee on Saturday. Zuczek helped the Knights to a team victory over then-No. 37 Oberlin College on Monday, contributing a decisive 8-2 doubles win and a 6-1, 6-1 triumph in singles. The next day, he played from atop the singles lineup and paced the Knights to a victory later that same day over previously undefeated Union (N.Y.) College. After victories in both singles and doubles versus DePauw on Tuesday, he accounted for half of his team's points in a tight 5-4 loss to Sewanee. Zuczek owns a combined 16-1 singles and doubles record against D-III opponents in 2019.

MIAC Women's Tennis Athlete of the Week
Sonya Romanenko
Carleton College
San Diego, Calif. | Rancho Bernardo

Sonya Romanenko went 3-0 in singles and 3-1 in doubles for the Knights last week. Each of her singles victories came in super tiebreakers, including a 6-3, 2-6, 1-0 (13-11) triumph over nationally-ranked opponent Gabi Kitchell of UW-Whitewater. Carleton's week included a 6-3 victory over No. 36-ranked UWW and an 8-1 win against regionally-ranked Oberlin College. Romanenko boasts a combined 12-1 record against NCAA Division III opponents this season.

MIAC Men's Outdoor Track Athlete of the Week
Matt Wilkinson
Carleton College
Minnetonka, Minn.

Matt Wilkinson competed against numerous D-I and D-II runners at the Mark Fanelli Classic on March 28, completing the 3000-meter steeplechase in 9:24.89. The Carleton sophomore's finish ranked No. 5 in the country at the time and remains tops in the MIAC this season by more than 50 seconds.

MIAC Men's Outdoor Field Athlete of the Week
Kai Barber
Saint John's University
Minneapolis, Minn. | Totino-Grace

Kai Barber won the shot put with a toss of 15.97 meters, helping the Johnnies to a first-place team finish at the CSB/SJU Invitational on Sunday. His heave is good for fifth-best in NCAA Division III so far this season, while his third-place finish in the hammer throw came by way of a career-best mark of 47.29 meters.

MIAC Women's Outdoor Track Athlete of the Week
Mackenzie Schoustra
St. Olaf College
Burlingame, Calif.

Mackenzie Schoustra competed in a trio of events at last week's Mike Fanelli Track Classic, setting a personal record in the 400 hurdles with a time of 1:06.33, good for fifth-place at the meet and 34th overall in D-III this season. Schoustra also placed 12th in the 100 hurdles (15.71) and 14th in the long jump (16'1.75").

MIAC Women's Outdoor Field Athlete of the Week
Elisabeth Dalki
College of Saint Benedict
Excelsior, Minn. | Minnetonka

Elisabeth Dalki won the pole vault at Sunday's CSB/SJU Invitational to help Saint Ben's to a second-place finish as a team. Her vault of 3.41 meters marked a 38-centimeter personal best, as well as the fifth-best outdoor mark in CSB history. Dalki's vault is currently ranked 31st in Division III.