MIAC Athletes of the Week – April 30, 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, Hamline, 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 earned medalist honors out of 97 golfers as SJU won its 17-team spring invitational April 27-28. He led the tournament with 11 birdies and finished with a two-under-par 212. Wahl carded six birdies, including five on the back nine, and 12 pars for a six-under-par 66 in the opening round Saturday at Territory G.C. (par 72) in St. Cloud. The six-under-par performance was the Johnnies' best since Dennis Granath totaled a six-under-par 66 on Sept. 14, 2009, at the Bemidji Town and Country Club (par 72). Wahl is averaging a 71.1 - with three top-four finishes - over his last seven rounds.

MIAC Women's Golf Athlete of the Week
Ayumi Sakamoto
Carleton College
Honolulu, Hawaii | 'Iolani School

Ayumi Sakamoto posted her first collegiate tournament victory and did so in the final home event of her Carleton career. She paced the 54-player field with a one-over-par 73 after collecting four birdies on a windy day at Northfield Golf Club on Sunday. Sakamoto's play helped the Knights finish first in the eight-team tournament.

MIAC Men's Tennis Athlete of the Week
Chase Johnson
Gustavus Adolphus College
Golden Valley, Minn. | Hopkins

Chase Johnson went a perfect 6-0 in singles and doubles combined to help Gustavus claim its 31st consecutive MIAC men's tennis championship. Johnson did not lose a set and dropped only six of 42 games in singles play. He and doubles partner Patrick Whaling won three matches at the No. 1 spot.

MIAC Women's Tennis Athlete of the Week
Kristina Conrad
Carleton College
Plymouth, Minn. | Robbinsdale Armstrong

Kristina Conrad won all four of her matches last week, prevailing twice in singles and twice in doubles as Carleton notched two wins to clinch the MIAC regular season title. The senior won 6-3, 6-1 in singles against Saint Benedict and added an 8-5 victory at No. 1 doubles, then followed up the next day with an 8-2 doubles win against St. Thomas before rallying from a set down to win in singles by a 1-6, 6-0, 1-0 (10-6) tally. Conrad finished the regular season 10-0 in MIAC singles and 9-1 in doubles.

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

Matthew Wilkinson finished the 3000-meter steeplechase in 9:06.82 at the prestigious Drake Relays over the weekend. The 19-runner field included eight NCAA Division I runners. Wilkinson's time is second all-time at Carleton and ranks No. 6 in Division III this season.

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

Michael Hensch won two events at the Drake Alternative and took second in another to lead the Gustavus throwers. Hensch won the shot put with a throw of 55-9 and the hammer with a mark of 199-4. His shot put was three inches shy of his personal best and his hammer was one foot shy of his own Gustavus record. His throw of 149-2 in the discus was good for second place.

MIAC Women's Outdoor Track Athlete of the Week
Gabrielle Brown
Hamline University
St. Paul, Minn. | Johnson

Gabrielle Brown placed first in the 100 hurdles with a time of 14.56 seconds at the Minnesota Twilight last week and followed up with a time of 14.34 at the Drake Relays, just .03 seconds off her best time this season. Her time at the Drake Relays would rank fifth-fastest in Division III this season, while her season-best time of 14.31 is the third-fastest in the country. Brown was also part of the Pipers' first-place 4x100 relay team that finished in 48.95 seconds at the Minnesota Twilight.

MIAC Women's Outdoor Field Athlete of the Week
Jessie Juenemann
Hamline University
Two Harbors, Minn.

Jessie Juenemann threw the discus in a pair of meets last week, scoring a 148-11 at the University of Minnesota Twilight and recording a distance of 150-1 at the Drake Relays. The latter ranks eighth-best in Division III this season.