MIAC Cross Country Athletes-of-the-Week - Sept. 22, 2015

MIAC Cross Country Athletes-of-the-Week - Sept. 22, 2015

MIAC Men's Cross Country Athlete-of-the-Week

  

Hart Hornor, Carleton
Seattle, Wash. / Roosevelt

Saturday, the Carleton men's cross country team ventured to the other side of town to compete in the St. Olaf Invitational at rival St. Olaf College. The Knights turned in a top-five team performance against an absolutely loaded field, and were led by a tremendous top-three showing by senior runner Hart Hornor (Seattle, Wash./Roosevelt), who finished in the top 1 percent of the field. For his performance, the MIAC sports information directors honored Hornor Tuesday with the MIAC Cross Country Athlete-of-the-Week award.

Hornor crossed the finish line at the St. Olaf Invitational in 25:24.1 to finish third out of 308 runners, and he was the second MIAC runner to finish the race. His pace was 5:07, and he was one of just four runners to finish in less than 25:30. Hornor helped the 16th-ranked Knights finish fifth with 141 points in the 20-team field that included four nationally-ranked teams and two other regionally-ranked squads.

The Knights and their star senior will take this week off to rest up and prepare for their lone home meet of the cross country season. Carleton will host "The Running of the Cows" in Northfield, Minn., on Oct. 3 at 11:15 a.m. The Knights have just three meets left in the regular season to prepare for the MIAC Championships, which will be held Oct. 31 at Como Golf Course in St. Paul, Minn.

MIAC Women's Cross Country Athlete-of-the-Week

  

Kimber Meyer, Macalester
Naperville, Ill. / North

The Macalester women's cross country team traveled to Northfield, Minn., Saturday to compete in the St. Olaf Invitational, and both the team and star junior runner Kimber Meyer (Naperville, Ill./North) enjoyed outstanding performances against a talented field. Meyer ran her way to a top-two individual finish, and led the Scots to a top-five team showing at the meet. For her performance, the MIAC sports information directors honored Meyer Tuesday with the MIAC Women's Cross Country Athlete-of-the-Week award.

Meyer completed the 6,000-meter course in just 22:09.6 to finish second overall behind Carleton's Ruth Steinke. Her pace was 5:57, and Meyer and Steinke were the only two runners to complete the course in under 22:10. She finished ahead of several Division II, III and unattached runners in the race. Meyer led Macalester to a fifth-place team finish with 194 points. The Scots were the third MIAC team in the standings, and the fourth among Division III squads.

The Scots and their standout junior runner hope to keep the good performances coming with a huge meet up next on the schedule. Saturday, Macalester will run in the prestigious University of Minnesota Roy Griak Invitational, which will be held in Falcon Heights, Minn., at 9 a.m. The Scots have just three meets left in the regular season to prepare for the MIAC Championships, which will be held Oct. 31 at Como Golf Course in St. Paul, Minn.