MIAC Athletes of the Week – April 23, 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 golf, tennis, and outdoor track and field on Tuesday. Student-athletes from Carleton, Gustavus, Saint Benedict, and Saint John's 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 (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 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 Golf Athlete of the Week
Matt Wahl
Saint John's University
Minnetonka, Minn. | Hopkins

Matt Wahl tied for fourth out of 82 golfers with a two-over-par 215 thanks to a team-leading 14 birdies as No. 16 Saint John's finished fifth out of 14 teams at the Emory (Ga.) Invitational over the weekend. In addition to SJU, the tournament included six teams ranked in the national top-20. Wahl leads the Johnnies with a 74.5 scoring average in 22 rounds this season.

MIAC Women's Golf Athlete of the Week
Ziyi Wang
Carleton College
Beijing, China | Lighthouse Christian Academy

Ziyi Wang won her fourth tournament of the season, earning medalist honors for the second consecutive week and seventh time in her career as she posted scores of 76 and 74 for a six-over-par 150 at the UW-Whitewater Spring Fling last weekend. The tournament included four Golfstat top-20 programs. Wang led the field of 85 competitors, while the Knights won their 20th tournament in their last 22 events, with the other two results over that stretch being top-seven finishes at each of the last two NCAA Championships.

MIAC Men's Tennis Athlete of the Week
Xander Roti
Carleton College
Locust Valley, N.Y. | Friends Academy

Xander Roti made his debut at No. 1 singles last week, registering a 6-1, 6-1 victory against St. Olaf as Carleton swept its crosstown rival. Roti improved to a team-best 19-1 in dual matches this year as well.

MIAC Women's Tennis Athlete of the Week
Jeanny Zhang
Carleton College
Guangzhou, China | Dwight School

Jeanny Zhang clinched the team victory for No. 35 Carleton over No. 31 Gustavus Adolphus when she prevailed 6-3, 6-7, 1-0 (10-8) in a super tiebreaker over nationally-ranked Ginger Valentine. With the win, the Knights are now the lone undefeated team in MIAC play.

MIAC Men's Outdoor Track Athlete of the Week
Taylor Rooney
Gustavus Adolphus College
Andover, Minn.

Taylor Rooney set the Gustavus school record in the 110 hurdles with a time of 14.29, taking first place at the Carleton Relays. The time broke a 10-year-old record by two-tenths of a second. Rooney currently ranks second in NCAA Division III in the event by one one-hundredth of a second. Rooney was also a member of the first-place 4x100 relay team and took second in both the 100-meter and high jump. Two days prior to the Carleton Relays, Rooney took first in the 110 hurdles at the Tomcat Twilight.

MIAC Men's Outdoor Field Athlete of the Week
Michael Hensch
Gustavus Adolphus College
North Branch, Minn.

Michael Hensch set the Gustavus school record in the hammer throw with a heave of 200-4 at the Carleton Relays to take first place. The mark broke a 20-year-old record set by Gustavus Hall of Famer Aaron Smith (194-8), who won the national title in 1999. Hensch currently ranks fifth in NCAA Division III in the hammer. He also took first in the discus and javelin, and placed second in the shot. Two days prior to the Carleton Relays, Hensch won both the discus and hammer at St. Thomas' Tomcat Twilight.

MIAC Women's Outdoor Track Athlete of the Week
Morgan Pierce
College of Saint Benedict
Mandan, N.D. | Saint Mary's Central

Morgan Pierce finished fourth in a highly-competitive 10K field at last weekend's Phil Esten Challenge hosted by UW-La Crosse. Her time of 37:07.24 is a 14-second personal best and just 2.5 seconds away from CSB's school record. The time ranks 25th in Division III this season and leads the MIAC by more than a minute.

MIAC Women's Outdoor Field Athlete of the Week
Jenna Degen
College of Saint Benedict
Gull Lake, Minn. | Brainerd

Jenna Degen recorded season-best marks in all seven events to finish in third in the heptathlon at the Phil Esten Challenge. Degen finished among the top five in four of the seven events, including second in the 800 and third in both the shot put and javelin. Her mark of 4,357 points leads the MIAC and is currently 19th in Division III.