MIAC Athletes of the Week – May 7, 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 men's golf and men's and women's outdoor track and field on Tuesday. Student-athletes from Bethel, Gustavus, Hamline, 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 (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
Ben Hauge
Gustavus Adolphus College
Ramsey, Minn. | Anoka

Ben Hauge was instrumental in Gustavus' day two comeback at the Bobby Krig Invite last weekend. After shooting a 78 in the opening round, Hauge posted a 69 on day two to help propel the Gusties to their first tournament victory of the season. Hauge carded birdies on each of the final three holes to seal the Gustavus victory.

MIAC Men's Outdoor Track Athlete of the Week
Sean Lonergan
St. Olaf College
Oak Park, Ill. | Oak Park & River Forest

Sean Lonergan placed second overall in the 1500-meter run at the University of Minnesota Men's Twilight with a career-best time of 3:51.75. The time leads the MIAC by nearly three full seconds. Lonergan also won the 800-meter run at the Meet of Saints with a time of 1:54.03. His 800 time currently ranks second in the MIAC, trailing first by less than a second.

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

Michael Hensch once again starred for the Gustavus men's track and field team when the Gusties competed at the MSU Twilight. Hensch started his day with a personal best in the hammer throw, hurling a school record of 200'6" for a second-place finish. He then surpassed his personal best in the discus by nearly ten feet with a throw of 166'2" to finish second among college participants.

MIAC Women's Outdoor Track Athlete of the Week
Briana Berninghaus
Hamline University
Montgomery, Minn. | Montgomery-Lonsdale

Briana Berninghaus broke a 12-year-old school record with her effort in the 200 meters last weekend at the Meet of the UnSaintly. Berninghaus crossed the finish line in 25.157 seconds to record the top time in the MIAC this season. The junior was also part of a school record-breaking performance in the 4x100 race, as the Pipers took first-place honors in 48.02 seconds, also the top MIAC time in the event this year.

MIAC Women's Outdoor Field Athlete of the Week
Sadie Koelz
Bethel University
Webster, Wis.

Sadie Koelz put her name in the Bethel record books by clearing a lifetime best and school record height of 11'6.5" in the pole vault at the Meet of the UnSaintly. Koelz cleared 11 feet for the first time in her career. The mark comes after recording a sixth-place finish with a 10'8.25" clear at the Tommie Twilight.