2009 MIAC Women's Indoor Track & Field Awards

2009 MIAC Women's Indoor Track & Field Awards

St. Paul, Minn. -- The 2009 Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC) Indoor Track & Field Championships came to a close on Saturday afternoon with the St. Thomas women capturing the team title. This week, individual awards were announced and the honorees are listed below.

As part of a conference-wide sportsmanship initiative, the MIAC selected the third annual All-MIAC Sportsmanship team for Women's Indoor Track & Field. Members of the All-MIAC Sportsmanship team are selected by their coaches and teammates as individuals who demonstrate ideals of positive sportsmanship both on and off the field of competition.

Outstanding Women's Track Athlete - Marie Borner, Bethel
- Borner (Sr., Cottage Grove, Minn.) won two individual events, while the distance medley relay team that she was a member of finished first as well. Borner set a new Olson Forum record in the 600 meter dash with a time of 1:35.49 on Saturday. Friday, she smashed the old Olson Forum record for the mile run with a time of 4:55.83 - nearly 15 seconds better than the previous mark set a little over a month ago.

Outstanding Women's Field Athlete - Kaelene Lundstrum, Gustavus
- Lundstrum (Jr., Bird Island, Minn.) successfully defended her pentathlon title with a school and conference record total of 3,445 points on Thursday evening. She won each individual event in the pentathlon as she finished 311 points ahead of the second-place finisher. Lundstrum also defended her 2008 high jump title when she cleared a height of 5' 5.75" on her final attempt to win the event on Friday. She finished second in the shot put
 on Saturday as she recorded a distance of 41' 0.5". Lundstrum also took third in the 55-meter hurdles (8.82) on Friday.

Women's Outstanding Performance of the Meet - Kaelene Lundstrum, Gustavus
- Lundstrum successfully defended her pentathlon title with a school and conference record total of 3,445 points on Thursday evening. The previous school and conference record was 3,342 points set by Lundstrum in 2008 when she won the conference title. Her mark of 3,445 points met a NCAA provisional standard and is the second-highest point total in Division III this season. Lundstrum won each individual event in the pentathlon as she finished 311 points ahead of the second-place finisher. She finished the 55-meter hurdles in 8.83 seconds, cleared a height of 5' 2.25" in the high jump, threw the shot put for 42' 4", recorded a distance of 16' 5.25" in the long jump, and completed the 800 meters in 2:34.13.

Women's Coach of the Year - Robin Balder-Lanoue, Saint Benedict
Saint Benedict completed an impressive showing at the MIAC Championships with a third place finish with a team total of 97.3 points. This marks the best finish in school history for the Blazers. Balder-Lanoue's Blazers recorded two individual titles over the weekend and eight total All-MIAC performances.

2009 All-MIAC Sportsmanship Team
Augsburg - Jennifer Pulscher (Fy., Colorado Springs, Colo./Liberty)
Bethel - Amy Neubauer (So., Rogers, Minn.)
Carleton - Amy Elson (Jr., Davis, Calif.)
Concordia - Brittney Christianson (Sr., Glenburn, N.D.)
Gustavus - Elizabeth Pringle (Sr., Northfield, Minn.)
Hamline - Emily Amici (Sr., Whitewater, Wis.)
Macalester - Kira Spencer (Jr., Iowa City, Iowa/West)
Saint Benedict - Melinda Dugas (Sr., Coon Rapids, Minn.)
St. Catherine - Sarah Meissner (Sr., Stillwater, Minn./Hill-Murray)
Saint Mary's - Ashley Acosta (Jr., Winnebago, Minn./Blue Earth)
St. Olaf - Abby Smith (Jr., Belle Plaine, Minn.)
St. Thomas - Alyssa Salomone (Sr., Homer Glen, Ill./Lockport)

2009 MIAC Indoor Track & Field Championships Website