MIAC Men's Cross Country Athlete-of-the-Week
Matt Berens, Bethel
Oakdale, Minn. / North St. Paul
The University of Minnesota's Roy Griak Invitational is one of the most prestigious cross country meets in the Midwest, and Bethel star senior Matt Berens (Oakdale, Minn./North St. Paul) seems right at home on the big stage. Berens won the Maroon Division III race at the Griak for the second time in his career Saturday while leading his team to a top-three finish. For his performance, the MIAC sports information directors honored Berens Tuesday with the MIAC Men's Cross Country Athlete-of-the-Week award.
Berens finished first out of the prestigious 157-runner field with a winning time of 26:30.00. His second career Griak victory came with an 18-second margin of victory over the runner-up and the rest of the field in the 8k race. He helped Bethel claim third place as a team in the 15-team field. Berens led a group of five Royal runners who all finished in the top 31 as the team was the top MIAC squad in the field with 106 points, just two behind second-place Carthage (104).
Bethel and Berens will take this week off before returning to the course to compete on Saturday, Oct. 10. The Royals will run in the St. Kate's Invite that morning at 11 a.m. in St. Paul, Minn. The team will travel to Wisconsin on Oct. 17 for the Oshkosh Invitational in its final tune-up prior to the 2015 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
Macalester star runner Kimber Meyer (Naperville, Ill./North) continued her fantastic junior season with one of her biggest wins to date on Saturday. Meyer won the Women's Maroon (Division III) race at the prestigious University of Minnesota Roy Griak Invitational by nearly 30 seconds while leading the Scots to a fourth-place finish. For her performance, the MIAC sports information directors honored Meyer Tuesday with her second-straight MIAC Women's Cross Country Athlete-of-the-Week award.
Meyer crossed the finish line at Les Boldstad Golf Course in just 22:57.8 to earn the victory in the talented 232-runner field. She was the only runner to complete the course in under 23 minutes, and she finished with a 27-second margin of victory. Meyer's performance helped the Scots finish fourth overall in the 17-team field, and third among MIAC teams with 120 points. Wellesly won the meet with 50 points, followed by St. Olaf (51), St. Thomas (67) and the Scots.
The Scots and Meyer will take this week off before returning to the course to compete on Saturday, Oct. 10. Macalester will run in the St. Kate's Invite that morning at 11 a.m. in St. Paul, Minn. The team will travel to Wisconsin on Oct. 17 for the UW-La Crosse Tori Neubauer Invite in its final tune-up prior to the 2015 MIAC Championships, which will be held Oct. 31 at Como Golf Course in St. Paul, Minn.