MIAC Athletes of the Week – September 24, 2019

Athletes of the Week

BLOOMINGTON, Minn. -- The Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC) announced its Athlete of the Week award winners for cross country and golf on Tuesday. Student-athletes from Bethel, Carleton, and St. Thomas claimed the Conference's weekly honors for September 17-23, 2019.

The MIAC Athlete of the Week awards are nominated by the Conference's sports information directors and selected by MIAC staff. Throughout the fall season, team sports (football, soccer, and volleyball) Athletes of the Week will be recognized on Monday afternoons, with individual sports (cross country and golf) 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 2019-20 Athlete of the Week home page, navigate to the MIAC's Awards page or visit the 2019-20 Athlete of the Week news archive for complete details on each week's selections and winners.

MIAC Men's Cross Country Athlete of the Week
Matt Wilkinson
Carleton College

Greenwood, Minn. | Minnetonka

Matt Wilkinson led wire-to-wire while running the 8K distance for the first time this season at the 16-team Running of the Cows meet last Saturday. Wilkinson crossed the line at 25:24.7, good for a nine-second margin of victory over fellow All-American Tyler Nault of Wis.-La Crosse. Wilkinson helped No. 12-ranked Carleton finish second in the team competition behind only No. 5-ranked UWL.

MIAC Women's Cross Country Athlete of the Week
Clara Mayfield
Carleton College

Manhattan, Kan.

Clara Mayfield pulled away from the field and posted a 29-second margin of victory in taking first place at the Running of the Cows meet last Saturday. She crossed the line at 22:20.9 and helped the No. 7-ranked Knights capture the team title with 41 points, edging No. 19 Wis.-La Crosse (56 points) and NCAA D-II program Minn.-Mankato (65 points) atop the 14-team standings.

MIAC Men's Golf Athlete of the Week
Ben Frazzini
University of St. Thomas

Medina, Minn. | Wayzata

Ben Frazzini received medalist honors in a field of 120 players to help the No. 22-ranked Tommies edge runner-up Gustavus by two strokes for the team title at the Saint John's Fall Invitational last weekend. Frazzini shot an even-par 72 on Saturday and a three-under 68 on Sunday to win the individual title by three strokes. The junior birdied three of the first six holes than parred his way home.

MIAC Women's Golf Athlete of the Week
Anna Tollefson
Bethel University

La Crescent, Minn.

Anna Tollefson tied for medalist honors and led the No. 18-ranked Royals to a first-place finish this past weekend at the St. Kate's Invitational. A strong first round led Tollefson to shoot a career-low 74 thanks to three birdies on the front nine. Tollefson shot a 76 in round two for a two-day total of 150.

MIAC Women's Golf Athlete of the Week
Kristin Miyagi
Carleton College

Honolulu, Hawaii | 'Iolani School

Kristin Miyagi tied for medalist honors at last weekend's St. Kate's Invitational, marking her third consecutive top-five finish and second individual first-place result in the last three weeks. Miyagi collected six birdies over the two-day tournament and tied for the second-highest total in the 74-player field, helping the No. 9-ranked Knights to their fourth consecutive top-2 team finish.