BLOOMINGTON, Minn. -- The Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC) recognized outstanding performances from the past week with the announcement of its Athlete-of-the-Week award winners in golf, outdoor track & field, and tennis. Student-athletes from Bethel, St. Thomas, Gustavus, St. Olaf and Concordia claimed the conference's weekly honors for the week of April 9-15, 2017.
The MIAC Athlete-of-the-Week awards are nominated and selected each week by the conference's sports information directors. Each week, team sports (baseball and softball) Athletes-of-the-Week are recognized each Monday afternoon, with individual sports (tennis, golf and track and field) announced on Tuesday afternoon.
To view each sport's 2016-17 Athlete-of-the-Week home page, visit the MIAC's Awards page, or visit the 2016-17 Athlete-of-the-Week news archive for complete details on each week's selections and winners.
MIAC Athlete-of-the-Week awards are awarded each week during the regular season for each of the MIAC's 22 championship sports to recognize and honor outstanding performances and athletic excellence that contribute to the MIAC's core value of "Quality Athletics."
MIAC Men's Tennis Athlete-of-the-Week
Senior – Woodbury, Minn. / New Life Academy
Bethel's Kolin Kiekhoefer has proven himself to be Mr. Consistent for the Royals all season long. His only singles match lost was against Gustavus (15-1 on the season) and he has been a mainstay at No. 2 singles. Five out of the sixth singles matches went to a third-set tie-breaker, but Kiekhoefer defeated his opponent 6-2, 6-1. He also won his doubles match 8-0 when the other two were 8-3 and 8-6. Bethel defeated Macalester 6-3, which proved to be the first win over the Scots in Head Coach Drew Fernelius' tenure. With their win over Macalester, Bethel stands alone in fourth place.
MIAC Men's Golf Athlete-of-the-Week
Junior – Eden Prairie, Minn. / Benilde-St. Margaret's
St. Thomas junior Riley Gannon, the team's No. 5 player, had the low score of 70, one off his career-best UST competitive score, in a field of 24 at Monday's St. Thomas vs. St. John's Cup. He led the Toms to an eight-stroke win over the Johnnies in stroke play, although SJU won 7-5 in match play. This was Gannon's fifth round of 72 or less on his career, all in the last two years.
MIAC Women's Golf Athlete-of-the-Week
Senior – Sioux Falls, S.D. / Lincoln
Gustavus' Mae Meierhenry guided the Gustavus women's golf team to a successful weekend at the Battle at the Creek at Pebble Creek Golf Course. During day one on Friday, Meierhenry led the competition and turned in a one-over-par score of 73 to put the Gusties in the No. 2 position for Saturday's match play against the top team in Carleton College. The Knights took down the Gusties 3-2 in match play on Saturday, while Carleton's Ayumi Sakamoto went two up to defeat Meierhenry.
MIAC Men's Outdoor Track Athlete-of-the-Week
Sophomore – Evanston, Ill. / Evanston Township
Bethel sophomore Carl Klamm ran the third-fastest 400-meter dash in Division III this season, crossing the line in 47.88 seconds to win Thursday evening's Tomcat Twilight meet at Hamline University. Klamm's time was just .01 off his personal best mark from last season and leads the MIAC by over a second in this race.
MIAC Men's Outdoor Field Athlete-of-the-Week
Senior – Monticello, Minn.
St. Thomas Senior Michael Witschen posted the best long jump by a Tommie in 25 seasons and third best all-time as he recorded a 24-5 1-2 leap at Saturday's Beach Invitational. That placed him sixth out of 64 athletes, mostly from scholarship programs, and second among current collegians. It was the best long jump by any MIAC athlete in at least the last 20 seasons. Only six-time NCAA champion Leonard Jones (25-10 3-4) and NFL alum Neal Guggemos (24-6) have jumped farther for St. Thomas. That mark currently ranks No. 3 in Division III. One day earlier at Azusa Pacific, Witschen jumped 21-10 and ran a 11.35 100 dash.
MIAC Women's Outdoor Track Athlete-of-the-Week
Junior – Northfield, Minn.
St. Olaf's Abby Stets broke the St. Olaf school record in the 200 meter and finished third behind two runners from Winona State University on Saturday at the Lee Krough Invitational in St. Peter, Minn. She is ranked 8th in the country with her time of 24.80. She was also second in the 400-meter dash finishing behind another Winona State runner with a time of 57.09 and is ranked 15th in the country.
MIAC Women's Outdoor Field Athlete-of-the-Week
Senior – Benson, Minn.
Concordia senior Emma Peterson had a strong field double last Tuesday April 11 in a dual meet against Division II Minnesota State Moorhead. Peterson cleared 5-6 to win the high jump and 38-4 3-4 to win the triple jump. Both marks rank in the top 15 in Division III this season and lead or share the lead atop the MIAC season lists.