NORTHFIELD, Minn. – The Carleton Knights placed five runners among the top eight and seven in the top-12 finishers to claim the 2017 Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC) Women's Cross Country Championship on Saturday afternoon at St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minn.
The win marks Carleton's ninth women's cross country championship in program history and fourth in the last five years. The Knights' scored 21 points at the meet, the lowest team score on-record in Conference history. The previous known low was 22, set by St. Thomas on a 5K course at Como in 1984. Carleton also claimed the men's cross country crown, marking the first time since 1992 that one school has swept the MIAC Cross Country Championships.
The nation's No. 9-ranked team was led by sophomore sensation Meg Mathison, who clocked in at 21:57.3 for a first-place individual finish. Just behind Mathison was teammate Emily Kaegi, who came in second with a time of 21:59.6. First-year runner Amanda Mosborg finished fourth overall at 22:34.8 for the Knights, while Samantha Schnirring and Emma Greenlee came in sixth and eighth, respectively.
St. Olaf – hosts of the 2017 MIAC Cross Country Championships – finished second with 70 points. Led by seventh-place finisher Bryony Hawgood (22:45.8), the Oles placed three runners among the race's top-15 and all five scoring competitors in the top-20. St. Thomas also placed five among the top-20 for a total of 79 points and a third-place finish.
Gustavus and Bethel tied in points with 126, with Gustavus landing in fourth place based on an NCAA head-to-head tiebreaker. Bethel – which scored two top-five finishers in Annika Halverson (3rd, 22:10.3) and Anna Hage (5th, 22:41.6) – came in fifth. Macalester finished in sixth (189), followed by Hamline (208) in seventh, Saint Benedict (209) in eighth, Concordia (246) in ninth, St. Catherine (278) in 10th, Saint Mary's (355) in 11th and Augsburg (388) in 12th.
More than 225 student-athletes participated in this year's MIAC Women's Championships. The top 15 finishers earned All-Conference recognition, while finishers 16-25 were awarded Honorable Mention. Carleton led all teams with a whopping seven All-Conference finishers, the most on-record from one team in Conference history. The All-MIAC and Honorable Mention runners were honored at a post-meet awards ceremony, and the Knights were also presented with their MIAC Championship plaque.
The MIAC has a home page dedicated to the 2017 MIAC Cross Country Championships, including information, links, results, recaps and more. The MIAC would like to thank St. Olaf College for hosting this year's Championships and making this event an incredible success.