The MIAC Weekly Notebook

The MIAC Weekly Notebook

MIAC – NCAA Championships – MIAC student-athletes will finish up the 2008-09 athletic season at the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships and the NCAA Division III Baseball World Series this weekend. A contingent of 27 women and 36 men from the conference will be competing Thursday-Saturday at the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships in Marietta, Ohio. The St. Thomas baseball team will compete in the eight-team double-elimination world series in Grand Chute, Wis. The Tommies will open play with a 7:45 p.m. game vs. Chapman on Friday.

 

Augsburg - Men’s Golf - Augsburg’s Colby Anderson (SR, Luverne, Minn.) was named as a Division III Cleveland Golf/Srixon All-American Scholar by the Golf Coaches Association of America. Anderson finished his senior season as Augsburg's No. 2 golfer, with a 78.2 season-long stroke average and a .689 individual winning percentage (533-241). In four seasons at Augsburg (2004-06, 2007-09), Anderson compiled a 79.5 stroke average.


Bethel – Women’s Track & Field - The 2009 NCAA Men's and Women's Outdoor Track & Field Championship Meet will feature 11 student athletes from Bethel University in several different events. It will be the first time in school history that such a large combined number will attend the national meet.  Of those going to Marietta, Ohio, five individual athlete's and the men's 4 x 400 relay team are ranked 7th or better nationally.

Carleton – NCAA Championships - Four Carleton student athletes are participating in NCAA Championships this week. First-year Kathryn Schmidt (Hopkins, Minn.) is one of 32 singles players selected to play in the NCAA Division III Women’s Tennis Championships from May 22-24. Two-time All-American Tom Ballinger (Sr./Wenatchee, Wash.) will race in the 400-meter hurdles for the third consecutive year at the Men’s Outdoor Track & Field Championships. Kelly Lovett (So./Portland, Ore./Lincoln) and Simone Childs-Walker (Fy./Seattle, Wash./Lakeside) will represent the Knights at the women’s outdoor track championships. Lovett is seeded fourth in the javelin and Childs-Walker will compete in both the 5,000- and 10,000-meter runs.

Concordia – Distinguished Service Award - Concordia longtime coach and administrator Bob Nick earned the 2009 MIAC Distinguished Service Award. The MIAC Distinguished Service Award is presented to an individual who has made a significant contribution to their institution and to the conference. The award is the highest honor bestowed upon an individual from the MIAC. Nick has served as an Assistant Director of Athletics at Concordia for over 25 of his 43 year career at the college. This included a one-year term as interim Director of Athletics in 2002-03. Nick coached football, basketball, and tennis while at Concordia. Most notably as a student-athlete, Nick quarterbacked Concordia's 1964 National Championship team and later as offensive coordinator, he called plays for the 1978 and 1981 National Championship teams. As an administrator, he was in charge of student work and facility management at Concordia.  


Gustavus – NCAA Championships - Two Gustavus athletic teams had successful weekends at NCAA Tournaments.  The women’s golf team earned third place at the NCAA Championships in Port St. Lucie, Florida with a four-day score of 322-324-326-325—1297.  The softball team posted a 3-2 record to claim third place in its’ first trip to the NCAA Championship Finals, which were held in Montclair, N.J.  Three Gustavus athletic teams, including men’s hockey, women’s golf, and softball, have finished in the top three at the NCAA Championships in 2008-09.


Hamline – Track & Field - Hamline will send seven athletes to the NCAA Division III outdoor nationals this weekend. On the men's side, the Pipers will send their 1600-meter relay team of Andy Marnach (Jr., Hokah, Minn.), Brant Luehman (Sr., Amery, Wis.), Tyson Molitor (So., Belgrade, Minn.) and Brent Nelson (Jr., New London, Minn.). Additionally, Brandon Gleason (Sr., Mantorville, Minn.) qualified in the 1500-meter run and Derall King (So., Inver Grove Heights, Minn.) qualified in the shot put. On the women's side, Margot Branigan (Jr., Roseville, Minn.) will compete in the 10,000-meter run.


Macalester - Women’s Golf - Jordan Matheson (Sr., Vancouver, B.C. / The Nichols School – N.Y.) closed out her collegiate career by placing fourth at the NCAA Division III women’s golf championships May 13-16 at PGA Village in Port St. Lucie, Fla. After posting rounds of 79 and 82 during Wednesday’s and Thursday’s rounds on the difficult Wanamaker Course to stand in 20th place midway through the tournament, Matheson played one of her best rounds ever Friday, walking off the course with a tourney-best 73 to move up to seventh. On Saturday, she stepped up another three places to produce Macalester’s best-ever national golf finish – shooting a 79 to close out with a 72-hole mark of 313.

Saint Benedict – Women’s Track & Field - Sophomore sprinter Abby Neigebaur (Waseca, Minn.) qualified for the NCAA Division III Outdoor Track and Field Championships in the 100 meter dash.  She is seeded 16th out of 21 participants. Niegebauer will compete on Friday, May 22 at 4:25 pm Eastern time for the preliminaries at Marietta College in Marietta, OH.  If she advances to the finals, she will race at 2:40 Eastern time on Saturday, May 23. Neigebauer has had an impressive season, leading the Blazers sprinting unit and recording the best 100m dash time in the MIAC of 12.24 seconds.

St. Catherine – Women’s Track & Field - Greta Sieve (Jr. New Ulm, Minn) has qualified to compete at this weekend's NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships. Sieve will be competing in the 3000 meter steeplechase on Friday May 22nd. In the team's history, three St. Kate's student-athletes have competed in field events at the national meet, but Sieve has the distinction of being the first St. Kate's student-athlete to ever qualify for a running event.

Saint John’s – Men’s Track & Field - SJU is sending three individuals to this week’s NCAA Division III Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Marietta, Ohio. Senior Eric Buss (Coon Rapids, Minn.) will look to earn All-America honors for the fourth time in his career in the triple jump at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, May 23; senior Brayden Wagner (Englevale, N.D./Lisbon) will compete in the decathlon Thursday and Friday, May 21-22, as well as the pole vault at 5 p.m. Thursday; and sophomore Griffin Hayes (Mendota Heights, Minn./St. Thomas Academy) will compete in the discus at 3:30 p.m. Friday.

St. Olaf - Men's Track and Field - St. Olaf will send two student-athletes to the NCAA Division III Outdoor Track and Field Championships on May 21-23 in Marietta, Ohio - John Schantzen and Cullen O'Neill. Schantzen was the MIAC's shot put champion and has a school record 17.17m effort to his credit. Schantzen's top throw ranks second in the country. O'Neill qualified for the 1,500 at last weekend's meet at UW-La Crosse with a 3:51.40.


St. Thomas – General - St. Thomas will have 21 male and female athletes competing in 20 events at this weekend’s NCAA track and field championships in Marietta, Ohio, and also has its baseball team headed to Appleton, Wis., for its fourth College World Series trip (first since 2001). The men’s track team and baseball squad will each look to secure a top-five national finish.


Baseball

Augsburg

- Craig Henry (JR, Lino Lakes, Minn./Centennial HS) and Joe Pierce (JR, Eden Prairie, Minn.) were named to the All-MIAC baseball squad, leading a contingent of six Augsburg players who earned various All-MIAC honors. James Panning (SR, Gibbon, Minn./Gibbon-Fairfax-Winthrop HS), Brent Kolbow (FY, Forest Lake, Minn.) and Donald Blunt (SO, Richfield, Minn.) were named as All-MIAC Honorable Mention selections, and Jon Rudolph (SR, Elk River, Minn.) was named to the All-MIAC Sportsmanship Team.
- A catcher, Henry earned All-MIAC honors for the third straight season, one of only two MIAC juniors to earn All-MIAC first-team baseball honors each of their first three campaigns (Macalester's James Murrey is the other). Statistically, Henry had the best year of his career in 2009, hitting .395 (47-of-119) with 34 runs scored, 13 doubles, three triples, two home runs and a team-best 34 RBI. He had a .605 slugging percentage and .450 on-base percentage. Defensively, Henry had a .974 fielding percentage, with just six errors in 227 defensive chances. Henry threw out 18 runners attempting to steal bases in 47 attempts -- tops among MIAC catchers in overall statistics.
- In his first season as a starting first-baseman, Pierce was at or near the top for the Auggies in most hitting categories, with a .team-best 410 batting average (48-of-117), to go along with a team-best 15 doubles, one triple, two home runs, 29 runs scored, 33 RBI, a .607 slugging percentage and .489 on-base percentage. Defensively, he had a .983 fielding percentage, with just four errors in 240 chances.


Carleton
- For the first time since 1991, four Carleton College baseball players received all-conference honors in recognition for their contributions on the diamond.  Seniors Ethan Guevin (Davis, Calif.) and Jay Melson (Cottage Grove, Minn./Park) repeated as All-MIAC honorees. Joining them were junior Russ Fujisawa (Riverwoods, Ill./Deerfield) and first-year Alex Wirta (Corte Madera, Calif./Redwood).
- Head Coach Aaron Rushing received 2009 MIAC Coach of the Year honors for his role in rejuvenating Carleton’s baseball program. In his fourth season with the Knights, Rushing led his squad to the program's first-ever berth in the MIAC Baseball Playoffs. One season after finishing last in the MIAC, Carleton had a 10-game improvement in league play and tied for third in the conference standings at 12-8. The Knights’ 21-21 overall mark was the second-highest win total in the program’s history dating back more than 125 years. This was the first time Carleton finished at or above .500 since 1991.
- Guevin once again served as staff ace, pacing the team in strikeouts and earned run average for the fourth consecutive year. His 3.18 ERA was second among MIAC hurlers (min. of 60.0 IP). When he wasn’t pitching, Guevin played second base at hit .363, second on the squad. Melson batted .353 during conference action and finished the season with eight home runs, the second-highest total over the last 20 seasons at Carleton and third-best in the MIAC. He knocked in 34 runs, tied for the fifth-best total at Carleton, while his 21 RBI during MIAC games finished one off the league lead. Fujisawa batted .413 as the Knights’ leadoff hitter, finishing third among conference players with as many plate appearances. He collected a MIAC-best and school-record 21 doubles, a figure that tied for ninth in NCAA Division III. His .540 on-base percentage ranked 12th among all Division III players with as many plate appearances. Wirta is the seventh freshman ever to be an all-conference baseball pick at Carleton and the first since 1995. He hit .397 during conference action. On the mound, he tied with Guevin for second on the staff in wins and his ratio of 7.85 strikeouts per nine innings pitched was best in the rotation.

Concordia

- Senior catcher Kyle Johnson (Cambridge, Minn.-Cambridge-Isanti HS) became the fourth player in Cobber history to earn the MIAC Player of the Year award. Johnson is the first Concordia player to earn the honor since 2003 when Derek Dormanen won the award. Current Philadelphia Phillie Chris Coste won the prestigious honor three straight seasons from 1993-95 and Tim Anderson captured the award back in 1985. Jeremy Hinderks was named the MIAC Pitcher of the Year in 2004.
- Concordia senior pitcher/first baseman Scott Schumacher (Thompson, N.D.) was named to the MIAC All-Conference Team for the first time in his career last week. Schumacher led the team in hitting in MIAC play with a .448 average and finished the season by successfully hitting in 17 consecutive games. That streak is the third longest in school history. Schumacher tied with Johnson for the league in RBI with 22 and was in the top 10 in the conference in eight different offensive statistical categories.


Gustavus
- Gustavus senior Mike DesLauriers (Minnetonka, Minn./Benilde-St. Margaret) has been named to the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District V College Division Second Team as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). DesLauriers, a 2007 and 2009 All-MIAC pick and four-year starter for the Gusties, hit .333 in 38 games with 46 hits in 138 at-bats this season.  In the field, DesLauriers set a new school record for assists in a season with 124 and led the MIAC in assists with 68.


Hamline
- Hamline had two players on the All-MIAC list for 2009 - senior shortstop Dan Kaczrowski (St. Anthony, Minn.) and sophomore pitcher Matt Mullendore (Amery, Wis.).
- Kaczrowski hit .463 in MIAC play (20 games) this season with a slugging percentage of .612 and an on base percentage of .513. He was 15-for-15 in stolen bases against conference opponents and scored a team-high 22 runs in MIAC play. En route to leading the Pipers to their second straight MIAC playoff appearance and third in four year, Kaczrowski led the conference in stolen bases and steal attempts. He was in the top ten in MIAC statistics in batting average (fourth), on base percentage (sixth), runs scored (third), and hits (third).  Overall in 2009 he led the team with a .393 batting average and had 26 RBI while hitting ten doubles and a team-high four homeruns. He struck out just five times in 150 at bats and drew  team-high 21 walks. Kaczrowski was 23-for-23 in stolen bases and had streak of 27 stolen bases extending into the end of the 2008 season - one of the top ten current active streaks in all of NCAA baseball.
- In MIAC play, Mullendore compiled a 4.24 ERA en route to a 4-2 record and a save on the mound for the Pipers. He made ten appearances including seven starts and threw five complete games while throwing 46.2 innings in conference play. The righty struck out 29 MIAC batters and walked 13. Overall in 2009, Mullendore posted a 3.59 ERA to lead the team with a 7-3 record in 16 appearances with 13 starts. He threw 80.1 innings and struck out 56 batters while walking 25. He gave up just two homeruns. He held his opponents to a .270 batting average over the course of the season.


Macalester
- Three Macalester Scots have been named to the 2009 All-MIAC baseball team: pitcher James Murrey (Jr., Western Springs, Ill. / Lyons Township), third baseman Devin English (Jr., Annapolis, Md. / DeMatha) and shortstop Nate Wilson-Traisman (Jr., Eugene, Ore. / South Eugene).  This trio of juniors led the Scots to a sixth-place 10-10 conference record and 19-19 overall slate. Murrey is a three-time All-MIAC selection, English is a two-time pick, and Wilson-Traisman earns his first all-conference award.

St. Olaf

- St. Olaf completed one of its best seasons in school history at the NCAA Division III Midwest Regional this weekend. The Oles' (32-14) win total is the second-best in school history as the team reached the region's championship series for the first time since 2000. St. Olaf reached the region final with three straight wins to open the event with victories over Beloit (2-1), St. Norbert (8-4) and St. Thomas (5-2). The wins made six in a row and 16 of 18 a week after claiming the school's third MIAC playoffs championship.
- The season was one for the recordbook. During the campaign, St. Olaf head coach Matt McDonald, in his 15th season, earned his 400th career win (405-189). The team collected a .350 average, which ranks seventh all-time at St. Olaf.
- Individually, Carson Jones led the charge with a 70-hit, 70-run season to break the single-season school mark in each. Pat Wadzinski had a remarkable senior season, drawing a school record 35 walks against only eight strikeouts. Tyler Johnson, the 6-6 first baseman turned middle infielder tied the school record with his 13-homer spring.


St. Thomas
- St. Thomas (36-12) won three elimination games in a 24-hour span last weekend to win the Oshkosh regional and advance to the Division III College World Series, set for May 22-26 in Appleton, Wis. Coach Dennis Denning's team won three elimination games with no errors over 27 innings while outscoring UW-Stevens Point and St. Olaf by a 22-2 margin. It will be the Tommies’ fourth trip to the national finals, all in the last 11 years. St. Thomas was NCAA runner-up in 1999 and 2000 then broke through to win the national championship in 2001.
- The Tommies will open play in Appleton in Friday’s fourth and final game, scheduled for 7:45 p.m., against Chapman (30-15), which is making its sixth CWS appearance in seven years. St. Thomas is 67-35 in postseason play in the Denning era, including a 40-21 record in NCAA playoff games since 1998. The Tommies have played in the regional finals seven times and national finals three times.
- The Tommies had a 1.74 ERA in a 5-1 run through the Oshkosh regional. That stat includes nine-inning shutout wins by senior Dan Leslie and freshman John Licht; 19 innings of strong pitching in two starts by Matt Schuld. complete-game victories by freshmen Bryce Gapinski and Licht; and five shutout innings in relief by Kris Edwards. It was Leslie’s first start since May 2007, and Edwards first win since 2006 when he threw for UW-Whitewater. The Toms lowered their season ERA to 3.52. Schuld, 17-3 in 23 career starts, is 10-1 in 2009 and needs one victory to tie a school record for seasons wins. He’s 7-0 this season vs. nationally- or regionally ranked St. Scholastica, St. Olaf, UW-Whitewater and UW-Oshkosh. He also beat Division I Minnesota.


Softball

Augsburg

- Augsburg’s Tiffany Magnuson (SR, Green Bay, Wis./Notre Dame Academy HS) was named to the All-MIAC softball team for the fourth straight year. Cassie Crego (FY, Lakeville, Minn./Lakeville North HS) was named to the All-MIAC Honorable Mention squad, while Sarah Mueller (SR, Green Bay, Wis./Green Bay Southwest HS) was named to the All-MIAC Sportsmanship Team.
- Magnuson is one of two Class of 2009 seniors to earn All-MIAC first-team honors in softball each of their four seasons (Gustavus' Rachael Click is the other). In addition, Magnuson also earned All-MIAC first-team honors all four seasons as a member of Augsburg's women's hockey team.
- An infielder and pitcher, Magnuson led the Auggies with a .397 batting average in 2009, with team-highs in runs (32), hits (46), doubles (6), triples (5), stolen bases (17 in 18 attempts), slugging percentage (.534) and on-base percentage (.486). She also had 16 RBI and 20 walks. Defensively, Magnuson led the team with a .974 fielding percentage, with just five errors in 190 chances. She also pitched in relief in eight games this season, with seven strikeouts in 7.1 innings of work.


Carleton
- Michael Johnson (Jr./Minneapolis, Minn./Blake) received All-MIAC honors. She took over duties at shortstop this season and led the Knights in almost every meaningful offensive statistic. Johnson batted .309 during the year and paced the team with six doubles, 14 RBI, 16 runs scored, a .385 on-base percentage, and a .495 slugging average. Johnson hit four home runs, fourth-most in a season for the Knights. That figure includes a record-breaking two grand slams in a game against Concordia on April 14.
- Senior pitcher Mari Jo Long (Wilmette, Ill.) was named All-MIAC Honorable Mention for her performance this spring. After missing the 2008 campaign while studying abroad, she returned to the team this season and led the team’s pitching staff in every category. She was the winning pitcher in each of Carleton’s victories this season and struck out 109 batters over 141.0 innings of work. Long concludes her career among the all-time leaders in Carleton softball history. She ranks second in appearances (84), starts (62), complete games (47) and innings pitched (420.1). Her 17 wins rank fourth and her 4.92 ERA is sixth. She previously received All-MIAC honors as a sophomore.

Concordia

- Senior catcher Amanda Michaelson (Shoreview, Minn./Mounds View HS) was named to the MIAC All-Conference Team for the second straight season. She finished off her college career with her best year at the plate. She hit a career-high .364 in conference games and .327 in all games. She led the team in RBI (20) and hit safely in 17 of the team's 22 games for the second straight year. In her past two seasons Michaelson had at least one hit in 34 of Concordia's 44 league games. She had five multiple-hit games and had a pair of three-hit performances during the season. Michaelson finished the conference season with a career-high .470 slugging percentage and a .400 on-base percentage.
- Junior outfielder Amanda Jensen (Benson, Minn.) was placed on the MIAC All-Conference Honorable Mention Team. She led the team in almost every offensive statistical category. She finished the year with a .387 average in all games and a .397 mark in conference play. Both averages are over 100 points better than her previous season best. She also had a team-best .622 slugging percentage which included a school-record seven triples and a career-best four home runs.
- Freshman pitcher Kesley Jones (Billings, Mont./Billings West HS) was also named to the MIAC All-Conference Honorable Mention Team. She broke the school record for strikeouts in a season and finished the year with an impressive 152 K's. In MIAC play Jones led the league in strikeouts for the year with 103.  


Gustavus
- The Gustavus softball team wrapped up the most successful season in the history of the program with a third place finish at the NCAA Division III Championships, which were held in Montclair, New Jersey.  The Gusties posted a record of 3-2 in the championship finals as they defeated UT-Tyler 5-1 on Friday, before losing to eventual national champion Messiah College 2-0 on Saturday.  The team then battled back through the loser's bracket defeating Salisbury State 10-4 and Tufts 5-0 on Sunday. Gustavus lost to Coe in an elimination game on Monday and finished the eight-team NCAA Tournament in third place.  The Gusties, who won the MIAC regular season title with a 21-1 record, finished at 42-9 overall.
- Four Gustavus players were named to the NCAA Championship Finals All- Tournament Team.  That group included senior shortstop Rachael Click (Rochester, Minn./Mayo), junior third baseman Andrea Brown  (Willmar, Minn.), sophomore leftfielder Kirsten Prunty (New Ulm, Minn./ Cathedral), and sophomore first baseman Emily Wendorff (Lakeville, Minn./South).  Gustavus and champion Messiah were the only teams in the tournament with four players on the All-Tournament Team.
- Senior shortstop Rachael Click (Rochester, Minn.) was named to the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) All-America Team at the NCAA Championship Finals Banquet last Thursday in Montclair, New Jersey.  Click was named to the NFCA All-America Second Team as an At- Large selection.  Click, who was also named the MIAC Player of the Year, was one of the top hitter's in all of Division III this season as she finished second nation in slugging percentage (.967), fifth in home runs per game (0.35), 25th in on-base percentage (.545), and 44th in batting average (.455).  She completed her Gustavus career holding virtually every offensive career record.


Hamline
- Hamline landed five athletes on the All-MIAC lists. All-MIAC honorees included Sophie Davidson (So., Saint Paul, Minn.), who led the Pipers at the plate this season with a .405 batting average and 25 RBI. She turned 12 double plays this season which is third on the Hamline season records list.
- Also named All-MIAC were Jourdan Ulrich (Sr., Apple Valley, Minn.) and Jessalyn Weaver (Jr., Eagan, Minn.). Ulrich hit hit .366 in MIAC play with 15 runs scored and was 12-for-14 on the base paths. In her career at Hamline, she nearly doubled the previous school steals record from 44 to 85. Weaver compiled a 2.27 ERA while posting a 16-5 overall record. Of her 19 games started, 18 were complete games. She posted a 1.83 ERA in MIAC play with a 12-2 record and 12 complete games in 12 starts. She struck out 60 conference opponents in 84.0 innings pitched and gave up just 23 walks.
- Ashley Anderberg (Jr., Circle Pines, Minn.) and Grace Weinreich (Sr., Wahkon, Minn.) earned honorable mention honors. Anderberg hit .358 in conference play with a team-high 24 RBI in MIAC games. she hit three homeruns against conference foes and had five doubles. She was 2-for-2 in stolen bases in MIAC play. Weinreich hit .311 in MIAC play with 17 RBI on a homerun and five doubles in MIAC play. She was perfect in the outfield in conference play, recording 16 putouts and two assists. She was also 8-for-8 on the base paths in MIAC play.


Macalester
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Olivia Abbott
(Jr., Lakewood, Colo. / Green Mountain) has been selected by league coaches to the All-MIAC squad.  Abbott, who excelled at both pitcher and second base while batting No. 2 in the batting lineup, gained Macalester’s three MIAC pitching wins. She pitched 66 innings, striking out 45 batters against 22 walks and went 3-9 in league play. Overall, on the season, Abbott was 7-12 with a 4.57 earned run average with 87 strikeouts in 118 innings.  She batted .350 in 21 MIAC games (21-for-60) with 11 runs scored. On the season, Abbott posted a .319 batting average and was second on the team with 24 runs scored. She committed just three errors in league play.

St. Catherine
- The end of the season awards began to roll in for the St. Kate's softball team. Five Wildcats picked up conference honors this past week. Jessica Kniefel was named to the MIAC All-Conference team for the second consecutive season. She was honored after hitting .417 with 14 steals, 22 runs and 10 rbis.  Kniefel was also named to the third team All-Midwest region by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association.  Joining Kniefel picking up MIAC honors were pitcher Tianna Allen, second baseman Lisa Jacobs, outfielder Jenna Clark and catcher Jessi McGehee. All four were named to the MIAC honorable mention team. Finally, at the St. Kate's athletic department banquet senior Andrea Boser was given the Sheila Brown Wildcat Award for her long term contribution to the athletic department. Not only was she the leader for the softball team, but she was involved in WSAAC, did community service work and a three time scholar-athlete award winner.

St. Thomas
- St. Thomas had two of the 15 players named to the first team of the National Fastpitch Coaches' Association Division III All-America team. Junior OF Alison Wright was a repeat All-American, while senior outfielder Missy Bruggeman was honored for the first time. After having no softball All-Americans in the program’s first 20 years, the Tommies have won the honor 17 times in the last seven seasons.
- Wright, an All-American as a junior, is on pace to become the MIAC career hits leader. She had a 34-game hitting streak earlier this season -- the third longest in D-III history) -- from April 2008-April 2009. That included hits in her first 23 games this season. In all 46 games she had 76 hits, 49 runs, 16 doubles, 10 home runs, 59 RBI, 10 walks and 13 steals. The 76 hits were four shy of the MIAC season record. She's batting .465 on her career with 197 hits, 119 runs, 126 RBI, 23 homers, 44 doubles and two triples in 136 games. Wright has 65 career multi-hit games. Her 23 career HRs ranks sixth in MIAC history. She was named MVP of the conference tournament.
- Bruggeman had 72 hits and 45 runs in 46 games and batted a team-best .514. Last season, in 42 games overall, Bruggeman batted .400 with 40 hits, 26 runs, 10 RBI, seven doubles, four walks and eight steals. In 185 career games she had 184 hits, 126 runs, 67 steals and batted .419.


Men’s Outdoor Track and Field
Bethel
- Taylor Ferda (Jr., Whitefish, Mont.), Eric Rhode (Jr., Oakdale, Minn.), Zach Schlegel (So., Woodbury, Minn.), Mark Stockhowe (So., Burnsville, Minn.), Carl Gladitsch (Sr., Bloomer, Wis.), Tyler Hinrichs (Sr., Clara City, Minn.), Joel Quick (Jr., Johnston, Iowa) and his younger brother Jay (So., Johnston, Iowa) will all represent Bethel University at the 2009 NCAA Men's Outdoor Track and Field Championship meet in their respective events. It is the largest number of student athletes Bethel has ever sent to the national meet.
- Four school records fell at the Last Chance Qualifier meet, hosted by UW-La Crosse last Thursday. Hinrichs, who who previously broke a 33-year old school record set by Bethel athletic hall of fame member Larry Caldwell ('77) this season, broke his own record by nearly three seconds with a time of 3:50.15. His time catapulted him from his 20th place ranking on the national performance list to the seventh, and gave him an automatic qualifying time. Gladitsch also demolished his own school record in the 3000 meter steeplechase, set at the MIAC Championships. The conference champion shaved more than 13 seconds off of his previous best time to earn an NCAA provisional time in the event at 9:14.09, which placed him in the top 15 in the nation.
- Bethel's 4 x 400 meter relay team improved upon their NCAA provisional time by finishing with a time of 3:13.92, which is .75 seconds better than the school record time set last year. The team consisted of Stockhowe, Schlegel, Quick, and Rhode. Dan Greeno (Jr., St. Michael, Minn.) beat his own school record in the 5000 meter run and finished the race in first place by more than 10 seconds with a time of 14:49.05.

Carleton
- Two-time All-American Tom Ballinger (Sr./Wenatchee, Wash.) returns to the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships for a third consecutive year as he once again qualified for the 400-meter hurdles. This year’s Division III Championships are being held May 21-23 at Marietta College in Ohio.
- Carleton alumnus Matt Hooley '04 won the Eugene (Ore.) Marathon back on May 3 and qualified for the 2012 U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials for the second time. A former member of the Knights’ cross country and track and field teams, he fought through the rain to win the marathon by nearly eight minutes (2:18:38). While starring at Carleton, Hooley recorded a total of 10 All-MIAC performances, including seven on the track. He earned All-America distinction after finishing sixth in the 1,500-meter run at the 2003 NCAA Division III Indoor Track and Field Championships. Hooley successfully pulled of an amazing trifecta when he won the 1500, 5000, and 10,000-meter runs at the 2004 MIAC outdoor championships to earn the conference’s Outstanding Track Athlete Award. He was also a three-time all-conference performer in cross country, placing third as the Knights won the conference meet in 2002. He followed that up by winning the individual title the following year. He also qualified for the U.S. trials in 2007.

Concordia
- Concordia senior multi-event athlete Paul Westmark (Appleton, Wis.) earned a spot at the NCAA National Outdoor Track & Field Meet in the decathlon by posting a score of 6,397 points at the MIAC Championship Meet. That is the second best score in program history. He is seeded 15th heading into the national meet. It is the first time in his career that he has qualified for nationals and he becomes the first Cobber male athlete to compete at the NCAA Outdoor Meet since Nick Myran in 2005.
- Cobber senior Billy Oehlers (North Branch, Minn.) narrowly missed qualifying for nationals when he posted a distance of 51-09.00 in the shot put at the UW-La Crosse Invite last week. That mark is a personal best and is the fifth best in school history.     
- Paul Shol (Fergus Falls) came up just short in his bid to earn a spot at the NCAA National Meet in the decathlon. Shol posted a score of 6,190 points at the North Central Invite last week and was only 152 points away from the final qualifying score. Shol’s mark at the North Central Invite was a personal best and fifth best in school history.

Gustavus
- Four members of the Gustavus men's track and field team have been selected to participate in the 2009 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships which will be held May 21-23 at Marietta College in Marietta, Ohio.  That group includes senior Tyler Geyen (110-meter hurdles, Watertown, Minn.) and junior Cole Carlson (400 meters, Mora, Minn.).  Matt Leeb (So., Kasota, Minn.), Colby Citrowske (So., Canby, Minn.), Geyen, and Carlson will also compete in the 4x400 meter relay.


Hamline
- Hamline's 1600-meter relay team, a distance runner and a thrower have qualified for the 2009 NCAA Division III outdoor nationals. The 1600-meter relay team of Andy Marnach (Jr., Hokah, Minn.), Brant Luehman (Sr., Amery, Wis.), Tyson Molitor (So., Belgrade, Minn.) and Brent Nelson (Jr., New London, Minn.) sprinted to the finish in an NCAA provisional time of 3:14.65 at La Crosse last Thursday to qualify for the field.
- Brandon Gleason (Sr., Mantorville, Minn.) qualified for his third consecutive nationals (2008 cross country, 2009 indoor nationals) as he qualified in the 1500-meter run. He ran his NCAA provisional qualifying time of 3:51.79 at La Crosse.
- Derall King (So., Inver Grove Heights, Minn.) will be making his second straight nationals appearance in shot put after throwing to an all-American third place finish at indoor nationals. He made the field with his NCAA provisional throw of 16.30 meters (53-5 3/4) at the Hamline Invite at the beginning of April.


Macalester
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Wade Ekstrom (Jr., La Crescent, Minn.) will be one of five MIAC runners (from five different schools) entered in the 1500-meter run at this week’s national championships.  Ekstrom got in by running to a school-record 3:50.98 time last week at the La Crosse NCAA qualifier.  Ekstrom comes in as the No. 10 seed out of 16 the 1500-meter field.

Saint John’s
- A number of Johnnies traveled to Illinois to participate in North Central’s “last chance” meet May 14-15. Junior Patrick Lowder (Chanhassen, Minn./Chaska) provisionally qualified for next week’s NCAA Division III Outdoor Championships with a fourth-place finish (9:20.38) in the 3,000-meter steeplechase, while senior Eric Buss (Coon Rapids, Minn.) posted another provisional mark of 14.29 meters in the triple jump to claim third and finished ninth in the long jump (6.56 meters).
- Other members of the Saint John’s track and field team competed at an NCAA Qualifier hosted by Wis.-La Crosse May 14. Senior Mitch Gesell (Alexandria, Minn.) and sophomore Tom Hoffman (Mahtomedi, Minn.) finished fourth (1:51.94) and fifth (1:52.87) in the 800 meters, while sophomore Griffin Hayes (Mendota Heights, Minn.) took sixth in the discus with a throw of 49.15 meters.

St. Olaf
- St. Olaf will send two student-athletes to the NCAA Division III Outdoor Track and Field Championships on May 21-23 in Marietta, Ohio - John Schantzen and Cullen O'Neill.
- Schantzen was the MIAC's shot put champion and has a school record 17.17m effort to his credit. Schantzen's top throw ranks second in the country.
- O'Neill qualified for the 1,500 at last weekend's meet at UW-La Crosse with a 3:51.40.


St. Thomas
- St. Thomas will send 10 male athletes in 10 events to this weekend's NCAA Division III Championships in Marietta, Ohio. UST will look for a top-five team finish as it’s seeded first in the 4x100 and 4x400 relays and has top-six seeds in six individual races. Besides the 4x100 and 4x400, UST will look for points from James Ewer in the long jump and 100; Andrew Brueggen in the hammer; Pat Jager in the 400; Brian Sames and Mike Hutton in the 800; Kyle Brandon in the 1,500; and Matt Griswold in the 400 hurdles. St. Thomas placed fifth at nationals last season with three top-three individual finishes. The Tommies' best NCAA outdoor team finish was third, recorded in 1984, 1985, 1992 and 1993. UST also placed fourth in 1986 and 1991.
- ---St. Thomas men received three major Central Region awards for 2009 by the USTFCCCA. Steve Mathre was named Head Coach of the Year; Tim Springfield was named Assistant Coach of the Year; and James Ewer was named Central Region Men's Track Athlete of the Year. Ewer had a hand in 36 points at the MIAC outdoor track & field championships to lead the Tommies to victory. Headed into nationals, Ewer is ranked sixth in the long jump, is on UST's top-seeded 4x100 and 4x400 relays, and also qualified in the 100 meters. He's a two-time All-American though slowed by injuries for much of his four-year career. Earlier this spring, Ewer was named Tommie of the Year as St. Thomas' top senior student.
- Mathre, a repeat honoree, has 10 athletes qualified in 10 events to this week’s outdoor nationals, and the Toms will look to improve on a fifth-place finish at 2008 outdoor nationals. In Mathre's 19 seasons as an assistant and head coach in the UST program, St. Thomas has won all 19 MIAC indoor team championships, plus 15 of the 19 conference outdoor team crowns. Springfield is in his 12th year at St. Thomas, and his male and female middle-distance athletes broke four school records, earned three indoor track & field All-American honors, achieved seven NCAA provisional or automatic qualifying marks, and scored 93 points at the MIAC championships during the indoor and outdoor track & field seasons. He also helped UST athletes have three top-three finishes at the Drake Relays, including the conference's first relay win at Drake in 77 years (women's distance medley).


Women’s Outdoor Track and Field

Bethel
- Marie Borner (Sr., Cottage Grove, Minn.) will be making her second appearance at the national meet in the 1500 meter run. Borner posted the third best time in the nation this season in the event with a time of 4:27.74. She also earned an NCAA automatic qualifying time in the 800 meter run with a time of 2:09.31 at the Last Chance Qualifier at UW-La Crosse. Her time ranked fourth in the event in 2009 and it improved upon her own school record by two-tenths of a second.
- Borner will be joined in the 1500 meter run by Heather Jelen (Sr., Sioux Falls, S.D.), who posted the eighth best time nationally at 4:32.04. It will be Jelen's first trip to the outdoor national meet, but her third trip to a national meet in her senior year alone. Jelen previously competed in the 2008 cross country championship race as well as the 2009 indoor track and field championships. Jelen also earned an NCAA provisional qualifying time in the 800 meter run at the Last Chance Qualifier with a time of 2:13.76.
- Vanessa Moore (Sr., Grantsburg, Wis.) is on her way back to the national meet in the high jump after earning NCAA All-American status at the outdoor championships in 2007. Moore did likewise in the indoor competition in 2007 as well as earlier this year. Her leap of 1.67 meters (5 feet, 5.75 inches) ties her for the sixth best mark in the nation this season.

Carleton
- Sophomore Kelly Lovett (Portland, Ore./Lincoln) and first-year Simone Childs-Walker (Seattle, Wash./Lakeside) will compete at the NCAA Division III Outdoor Track and Field Championships May 21-23 at Marietta College in Ohio. Lovett enters the javelin competition tied for fourth in the national rankings with her school-record throw of 44.08 meters (144 feet, 7 inches). Childs-Walker qualified sixth in the 10,000-meter run and 18th for the 5,000-meter race.
- Junior Laura Roach (Lakeville, Minn./Lakeville North) won the 3000-meter steeplechase at the NCAA Qualifier meet with a personal-best time of 10:54.35, which ranked her 22nd on the national list and is less than one second from the last spot at the NCAA Championships.
- First-year Claire Franco (Brunswick, Maine) also competed at the NCAA Qualifier, posting a season-best 400-meter dash of 57.24, which tied her for 27th in the nation, only 0.06 second from the last spot in the field at nationals.

Concordia

- Concordia junior Leah Kay (Dassel, Minn./Dassel-Cokato HS) qualified for the NCAA National Outdoor Meet in the heptathlon and the javelin. It is the second straight year that she has earned a spot at the national meet in two events. Last year she earned All-American honors in both the heptathlon and the high jump.  

- Kay earned her spot at nationals with a total score of 4,489 points in the heptathlon at the MIAC Championship Meet and had a toss of 136-6 in the javelin also at the MIAC Meet. She is currently seeded eighth in the heptathlon and 15th in the javelin.    


Gustavus
- Six members of the Gustavus women's track and field team have been selected to participate in the 2009 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships which will be held May 21-23 at Marietta College in Marietta, Ohio. That group includes senior Lisa Brown (javelin and shot put, Lake Crystal, Minn.), junior Kaelene Lundstrum (heptathlon and high jump, Bird Island, Minn.), and sophomore Sam Broderius (discus and shot put, Hector, Minn.).  Abby Karl (So., St. Cloud, Minn.), Elizabeth Pringle (Sr., Northfield, Minn.), Danielle Burgmeier (Fy., Plymouth, Minn.), and Lundstrum will also compete in the 4x400 meter relay.
- Senior Lisa Brown was selected at the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association Division III Central Region Women's Field Athlete of the Year. Brown heads to the NCAA Division III Outdoor Championships looking for her third national title in the javelin with the Division's second-best mark, an automatic qualifying distance of 161 feet achieved in a third-place finish at the Drake Relays.  She won her fourth MIAC championship in the javelin by over 20 feet and finished third in the shot put and fourth in the discus.
- Head coach Tom Thorkelson was named as the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association Division III Central Region Women's Head Coach of the Year. In his tenth season as head coach at Gustavus and 24th season overall, Thorkelson led the Gusties to a second-place showing at the 2009 MIAC Outdoor Track & Field Championships with the highest point total in school history at 173 points.  Gustavus also achieved nine NCAA provisional or automatic qualifying marks this season under Thorkelson’s guidance.

 

Hamline
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Junior distance runner Margot Branigan (Roseville, Minn.) has qualified for the 2009 NCAA Division III outdoor nationals in the 10,000-meter run. Branigan ran her qualifying time at the MIAC Championships at Carleton when she placed second with a time of 36:03.43.


Saint Benedict
- Sophomore sprinter Abby Neigebaur (Waseca, Minn.) qualified for the NCAA Division III Outdoor Track and Field Championships in the 100 meter dash.  She is seeded 16th out of 21 participants.
- Niegebauer will compete on Friday, May 22 at 4:25 pm Eastern time for the preliminaries at Marietta College in Marietta, OH.  If she advances to the finals, she will race at 2:40 Eastern time on Saturday, May 23.
- Neigebauer has had an impressive season, leading the Blazers sprinting unit and recording the best 100m dash time in the MIAC of 12.24 seconds.

St. Catherine
- Junior Greta Sieve continued her stellar season as she has qualified to compete at this weekend's NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships. Sieve will be competing in the 3000 meter steeplechase on Friday May 22nd. In the team's history three St. Kate's student-athletes have competed in field events at the national meet, but Sieve has the distinction of being the first St. Kate's student-athlete to ever qualify for a running event. She qualified for nationals at the Gregory Invitational in Naperville, IL. where her time of 10:53.40 made her the third fastest women's steeplechaser in MIAC history.
- Sieve, who has set six school records this year, was also given the Athlete of the Year award at the annual St. Kate's Athletic Department banquet this past weekend.  
- Senior Sarah Meissner also picked up an award at the athletic department banquet. She was given the Sheila Brown Wildcat Award for her long term contribution to the athletic department.

St. Olaf

- Pole vaulter Amie Fillmore will vault in the NCAA Division III Outdoor Track and Field Championships, which will run May 21-23 in Marietta, Ohio. Fillmore won the event at the MIAC championships earlier this month.

St. Thomas
- St. Thomas will send 11 women in 10 events to this weekend's NCAA Division III Championships in Marietta, Ohio. The meet runs Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Coach Joe Sweeney's team took 12th at indoor nationals and will look to post a top-10 or  top-15 team finish this week. UST has qualified in the 4x100 and 4x400 relays and has top-six seeds in three individual races.
- Besides the 4x100 and 4x400, UST will look for points from Nikki Arola in the 200 and 400; Katie Thiesen in the steeplechase; Erin Sprangers and Raynee DeGrio in the 800; Kelly Russ in the 1,500; Shionna Evans in the 400; Kyley Crotty in the javelin; Jenna Lewis in the shot put; and Felisha Willaert in the discus. Molly Demmer and Jenna Ewing also compete on relays.
- Theisen was named Central Region Track Athlete of the Year by the USTFCCCA. A senior with a 4.00 gpa, Theisen had a hand in 38 points at the MIAC outdoor meet to lead St. Thomas to the team title. Theisen is ranked 3rd nationally in the steeplechase with a time of 10:36.39 heading into the NCAAs, and she runs on the Toms’ fifth-ranked 4x400 meter relay. Theisen scored 263 points in eight career conference track meets (indoors and outdoors) and helped St. Thomas win 11 of a possible 12 team titles in her era in cross country and indoor and outdoor track and field.

Men’s Tennis
Gustavus
- The Gustavus men’s tennis team is taking part in the NCAA Team Championships at Claremont-Mudd-Scripps College in Claremont, Calif. this Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday.  The Gusties will face Washington University of St. Louis in a quarterfinal match on Tuesday at 12:00 pm (CDT).  Gustavus finished fifth last year after falling to Washington University in the quarterfinal round.  The Gusties have finished in the top four at the NCAA Championships seven times in the past nine years.
- When Gustavus faces off against Washington University in Claremont, Calif. in a NCAA Quarterfinal team match, all eyes will be on the #1 singles match where #1 ranked John Kauss (St. Paul, Minn., Harding) of Gustavus will face #3 ranked John Watts.  Kauss and Watts played back in October in the ITA Small College Championships singles semifinal where Kauss defeated Watts 6-4, 6-3.  Kauss enters with a mark of 31-6, while Watts carries a record of 34-4.


Women's Tennis

Carleton
- As one of the 32 singles players selected by the NCAA Division III Women’s Tennis Committee to advance to the NCAA Division III Women’s Tennis Championships, first-year Kathryn Schmidt will be competing this week at the Collins Hill Athletic Club in Lawrenceville, Georgia. Tabbed All-MIAC at both singles and doubles in her first season of collegiate tennis, Schmidt went undefeated during league play at both types of competition. She concluded the regular season with an impressive 15-2 overall singles record, including a 4-1 record versus regionally ranked opponents. The draw for the individual championships will be released on Thursday, May 21.


Gustavus
- The Gustavus women’s tennis team participating in the NCAA Team Championships at Oglethorpe University in Lawrenceville, Ga. this Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday.  The Gusties will face top-ranked Amherst College in a quarterfinal match on Tuesday at 1:00 pm (CDT).  Both squads met in the quarterfinal round of the 2007 NCAA Championships where the Lord Jeffs defeated Gustavus 5-4.


Men's Golf

Augsburg

- Augsburg’s Colby Anderson (SR, Luverne, Minn.) was named as a Division III Cleveland Golf/Srixon All-American Scholar by the Golf Coaches Association of America. Anderson is a business marketing major with a 3.222 grade-point average. He was one of four finalists or the male Honor Athlete award, the highest honor given to an Augsburg senior student-athlete, at the Auggie Awards in April.
- Anderson finished his senior season as Augsburg's No. 2 golfer, with a 78.2 season-long stroke average and a .689 individual winning percentage (533-241). He earned All-MIAC honors with a seventh-place finish at the MIAC championships in October, and had seven top-10 finishes in his 12 tournaments this season, including a second-place finish at the Central (Iowa) Dutch Classic on March 27.
- In four seasons at Augsburg (2004-06, 2007-09), Anderson compiled a 79.5 stroke average (5,409 strokes in 68 rounds).


Gustavus
- Gustavus junior men’s golfer A.J. Olson (White Bear Lake, Minn.) has been recognized by the Golf Coaches Association of America as a Division III Cleveland Golf All-America Scholar for his play on the links as well as his work in the classroom. Olson averaged 78.0 strokes per 18 holes in 24 rounds and finished in the top ten of two tournaments during the 2008-09 season.

Saint John's
- Saint John’s finished eighth out of 36 teams at the 2009 NCAA Division III Men’s Golf Championship Saturday, May 16, in Port St. Lucie, Fla. SJU has now finished in the top 10 at the NCAA Division III Championship eight of its 10 consecutive appearances (2000-09). Senior Joe Daly (Owatonna, Minn.) led the Johnnies with a four-day total of 300 (+12) to tie for 29th overall, while seniors Joey Polingo and Joe Schoolmeesters, both from Litchfield, followed with a 301 (+13; t-33rd) and 302 (+14; t-37th), respectively.
- Daly was named a Cleveland Golf/Srixon All-America Scholar for Division III by the Golf Coaches Association of America (GCAA) May 16. An accounting major with a 3.76 GPA, Daly is a three-time Academic All-MIAC honoree and was also named an All-American Scholar in 2008.
- Schoolmeesters was named to the Division III PING All-America third team May 18. The 2007 and 2008 MIAC Player of the Year, Schoolmeesters earned 2008 All-America first team honors with a sixth-place finish at the 2008 national championship. A four-time Golf Coaches Association of America (GCAA) All-District selection and the 2006 MIAC Co-Freshman of the Year, Schoolmeesters led the MIAC in stroke average for the second consecutive season in 2008-09 (73.4).


Women's Golf

Carleton
- Senior Katrina Wood (Duluth, Minn./Marshall School) earned all-region honors from the National Golf Coaches Association (NGCA) for the second time in as many years. Wood is the first Carleton player to earn all-region honors twice. A three-year star for the Knights, she departs as the program's career leader in stroke average (83.20).

Gustavus
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The Gustavus women’s golf team finished in third place with a 72-hole score of 1,297 at the NCAA Women’s Golf Championships at the PGA Golf Club in Port St. Lucie, Florida on May 13-16. Kali Griggs (Jr., Burnsville, Minn./Visitation) finished tied for sixth place nationally with a 72-hole score of 314 to improve on her 84th place finish at last year's championships. 
- The National Golf Coaches Association announced its 2008-09 awards at the recent NCAA Division III Championships and three Gustavus golfers were honored by the NGCA.  Kali Griggs received First Team All-America honors, while Katie Schenfeld (So., Indianola, Iowa) received Second Team All-America honors. In addition, Griggs, Schenfeld, Kimbra Kosak (Sr., Grand Rapids, Minn.), and Taylor Drenttel (Fy., Eagan, Minn.) were named to the Midwest All-Region team.  Kosak and Drenttel were also recognized by the MIAC as Kosak was named the MIAC Senior Player of the Year and Drenttel was named the MIAC Rookie of the Year.
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Head coach Scott Moe was named the National Golf Coaches Association Division III Midwest Regional Coach of the Year. Moe led the Gustavus women's golf team to their sixth appearance in seven years at the NCAA tournament.  Since taking over at the helm in Spring 2004, the Gusties finished sixth in 2004, second in 2006, third in 2007, sixth in 2008, and third in 2009.  Moe was also named the MIAC Coach of the Year as he led Gustavus to its first conference title in program history.

Macalester
- Jordan Matheson (Sr., Vancouver, B.C. / The Nichols School – N.Y.) closed out her collegiate career by placing fourth at the NCAA Division III women’s golf championships May 13-16 at PGA Village in Port St. Lucie, Fla. After posting rounds of 79 and 82 during Wednesday’s and Thursday’s rounds on the difficult Wanamaker Course to stand in 20th place midway through the tournament, Matheson played one of her best rounds ever Friday, walking off the course with a tourney-best 73 to move up to seventh. On Saturday, she stepped up another three places to produce Macalester’s best-ever national golf finish – shooting a 79 to close out with a 72-hole mark of 313.
- Matheson has been honored by the National Golf Coaches’ Association with honorable mention All-America honors and has been selected to the 10-member All-Midwest Region team for the second year in a row.

St. Thomas
- St. Thomas placed 17th of 21 teams in the 72-hole NCAA Division III Women's Golf Championships in Port St. Lucie, Fla. The Toms, playing without injured All-American Laura Heck, shot 338 on Wednesday, 343 on Thursday, 344 on Friday and . They finished 11 strokes behind Wartburg.
- Amy Anderson (80-78-84-84/326) tied for 24th overall in a field of 111 players to lead the Tommies. Steph Hird shot 78-80 on the last two rounds, the 10th best total on those rounds, and tied for 45th.
- Heck was named the MIAC Player of the Year for the second year in a row. She had the lowest stroke average in the MIAC at 78.7 in 2008-09 and won the MIAC Championship in October by five shots. She also won the Midwest Classic and UW-Stevens Point Invite in the fall as well as the Wartburg Invite this spring.

Football

St. Thomas
- In the first-ever spring football game at St Thomas, the Tommies refused to lose. Literally. Regulation was not enough to determine a winner in Sunday's two-hour intrasquad scrimmage at Palmer Field that included 100 plays and about 90 players in action. After regulation play, the score was tied 37-37. Coach Glenn Caruso's Tommies needed an overtime session to put the White team ahead.
- The intrasquad offense vs. defense scrimmage was the final tuneup for this week's trip to Winnipeg that culminates in a May 24 exhibition game vs. the Manitoba Majors All-Star Team. That game will be played at the 30,000-seat CanadInn Stadium, the home of the CFL Winnipeg Blue Bombers.
- UST has a few athletes missing this week’s trip to Canada, including three members of the Tommie baseball team that’s playing in the College World Series in Wisconsin; two track and field athletes competing at nationals in Ohio; and three players from the UST’s club lacrosse team that won the Division II national tournament last weekend in Denver.

Women’s Basketball
Saint Benedict
- Following the MN Lynx and Indiana Fever WNBA pre-season game this Saturday, May 23rd there will be an autograph session.  Game time is at noon.  The MN Lynx mascot, Prowl will be here also during the game.   Tickets will be available at the door for $10 for adults and $5 for students. 

 

Women’s Swimming and Diving
Saint Benedict
- Mike Ritchie, who was the head swimming and diving head coach at the College of Saint Benedict from 1989-99, is returning to CSB to be the co-head coach with Kathy Walker, who has been the head swimming and diving coach for the Blazers for the last five seasons. 

General
Saint Benedict

- The College of Saint Benedict finished in third place in the MIAC All-Sports Competition with 87 points. The Blazers' top performances from the 2008-09 season included a first place finish in basketball (12 points), a tie for second in volleyball (10.5 points) and third place in indoor and outdoor track (10 points each).