MIAC Cross Country Athletes-of-the-Week - Sept. 8, 2015

MIAC Cross Country Athletes-of-the-Week - Sept. 8, 2015
  

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

Hart Hornor, Carleton
Seattle, Wash. / Roosevelt

Hart Hornor (Seattle, Wash./Roosevelt) and the Carleton men's cross country team got off to a great start in 2015 with a solid performance against top-notch competition at the Augustana (S.D.) Twilight race in Sioux Falls, S.D. Hornor was the top Division III runner and fourth overall in the college division, while leading the Knights to a top-five team finish. For his performance, the MIAC sports information directors honored Hornor Tuesday with the first MIAC Men's Cross Country Athlete-of-the-Week award of the 2015 season.

Hornor completed the four-mile course with a time of 19:24.64, which was nearly a minute faster than the next Division III runner. He ranked fourth out of the 266 runners in the college division, which included NCAA Divisions II and III. He was seventh overall in the race including the university division (Division I). The Knights finished fifth as a team out of 20 squads to compete in the college division.

After the strong start to the season in South Dakota, the Knights are ready to run again with a trip across Minnesota's other border. Hornor and company will head to Wisconsin Friday to compete in the UW-River Falls Falcon Invitational in River Falls, Wis. The race will start at 6 p.m. Carleton will then have back-to-back races in Northfield, Minn., at the St. Olaf Invitational (Sept. 19) and at its home race, "The Running of the Cows," on Oct. 3.

  

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

Ruth Steinke, Carleton
Lima, N.Y. / Honeoye Falls-Lima

The Carleton women's cross country team started the 2015 season with an impressive top-three showing against a talented field, with returning MIAC individual champion Ruth Steinke (Lima, N.Y./Honeoye Falls-Lima) leading the way. Steinke ran to a top-five individual placing while leading the Knights to their top-three spot at the Augustana (S.D.) Twilight meet to open the 2015 season. For her performance, the MIAC sports information directors honored Steinke Tuesday with the first MIAC Women's Cross Country Athlete-of-the-Week award of 2015.

Steinke was the top NCAA Division III finisher in the three-mile women's race in Sioux Falls, S.D., with a time of 17:02. She finished fifth overall out of 211 runners in the college division, which included NCAA Division II and III runners, and she also bested 44 of the 45 Division I runners that competed in the university division on the same course. Steinke led Carleton - the defending MIAC champion - to a third place finish out of 20 teams in the college division in the team's 2015 season debut.

After the strong start to the season in South Dakota, the Knights are ready to run again with a trip across Minnesota's other border. Steinke and company will head to Wisconsin Friday to compete in the UW-River Falls Falcon Invitational in River Falls, Wis. The race will start at 6 p.m. Carleton will then have back-to-back races in Northfield, Minn., at the St. Olaf Invitational (Sept. 19) and at its home race, "The Running of the Cows," on Oct. 3.