MIAC Athletes of the Week

MIAC Athletes of the Week
MIAC Baseball Player of the Week
St. Olaf College senior infielder Tyler Johnson (Chanhassen, Minn./Holy Family) helped St. Olaf clinch a playoff berth with a five-homer week. He went 10-for-22 over the stretch as he completed the move from first base to the middle infield, playing second base and short when Ole ace Todd Mathison pitches. He hit three homers in the Oles' game two win over Hamline on Thursday and had one each in wins over Gustavus and Carleton. In the postseason-clinching sweep over Carleton, Johnson went 4-for-6 with a walk, two runs and two RBIs. His five homers this week gives him 12 for the season, one shy of the school record. His 39 RBIs are a career-high.

MIAC Baseball Pitcher of the Week
Macalester College junior pitcher James Murrey (Western Springs, Ill./Lyon Township) tossed a two-hit shutout Saturday (May 2) over Bethel in the first game of a Macalester doubleheader sweep over Bethel as the Scots took the opener 3-0. Murrey struck out 10 and walked just two, reaching double-digits in strikeouts for the third time in five conference starts. In five MIAC starts, the Macalester ace went 3-2 with a 0.81 ERA, striking out 42 and walking only four in 33 1/3 innings. MIAC opponents hit just .172 off him.

MIAC Men's Outdoor Co-Track Athlete of the Week
Bethel University senior Tyler Hinrichs (Clara City, Minn./Maccray) broke a 32 year-old school record by running a provisional NCAA mark of 3:52.99 in the 1500 meter run at the Howard Wood Dakota Relays in Sioux Falls, S.D. The time ranks Hinrichs tied for 11th in Division III.

MIAC Men's Outdoor Co-Track Athlete of the Week
Augsburg College sophomore Nick Ward (Coon Rapids, Minn.) broke the Augsburg school record in the 100 meter dash as he ran the fastest time in the MIAC this year with a 10.74 clocking at the Meet of the UnSaintly at Hamline on Saturday. The mark is also an NCAA provisional time, which ranks Ward 16th nationally.

MIAC Men's Outdoor Field Athlete of the Week
Carleton College senior John Hanks (LeRoy, Minn./LeRoy-Ostrander) bested his season high by more than 12 feet in winning the javelin at the Rolex Classic with a personal-record distance of 177 feet (53.94 meters). This is the second-best throw in the MIAC this season.

MIAC Women's Outdoor Track Athlete of the Week
Carleton College first-year Simone Childs-Walker (Seattle, Wash./Lakeside) ran an NCAA provisional qualifying time of 17:17.06 all by herself through a heavy rain at the Tommie Twilight Meet last week. Her mark moves her to tenth on the national list. Childs-Walker now has the fastest time in both the 5,000 and 10,000 meter races heading into this weekend's MIAC championships, which will be run on her home track at Carleton College.

MIAC Women's Outdoor Field Athlete of the Week
Gustavus Adolphus College junior Kaelene Lundstrum (Bird Island, Minn./BOLD) took first in the MIAC Heptathlon with a seven event point total of 4550 points. The score was an NCAA provisional qualifying mark and ranks her fifth in the nation. This is the second consecutive multi-event title for Lundstrum as she took top honors in the pentathlon during the 2009 indoor season.

MIAC Men's Golf Co-Athlete of the Week
Saint John's University senior Joe Daly (Owatonna, Minn.) tied for medalist honors with a two-day total of 149 (+5) at the St. Olaf Invitational. Daly's score included a one-under par 71 on Sunday. Daly helped No. 7 Saint John’s erase a nine-stroke deficit to win the event.

MIAC Men's Golf Co-Athlete of the Week
St. Olaf College senior Bror Herrick (Golden Valley, Minn./Minnehaha Academy) shot a final round 74 (+2) at Willinger's Golf Club on Sunday to finish with a two-day 149 (+5) and share the individual title at the St. Olaf Invitational. Herrick fired a 75 during the event's first day at Northfield Golf Club and came from three strokes behind to share the tournament's win with Saint John's Joe Daly. St. Olaf was just 21 strokes off defending national champion Saint John's winning pace and 10 behind second place Bethel.

MIAC Women's Golf Athlete of the Week
Carleton College sophomore Laura Knutson (Edina, Minn.) rebounded from a tough first round to post an eight-over par 81 to finish ninth at the Blugold Pre-D3 Championship Invite. The field battled fierce winds of 25-35 mph in Saturday's first round. Knutson's final-round score was the third-lowest in a field that included Golfstat's #1, #10 and #17 teams in the nation. She was the highest MIAC finisher in the field. Her performance helped the Knights finish fifth of 11 teams and set the Knights' single-season school scoring record.