MIAC Cross Country Athletes-of-the-Week - Oct. 6, 2015

MIAC Cross Country Athletes-of-the-Week - Oct. 6, 2015

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

  

Hart Hornor, Carleton
Seattle, Wash. / Roosevelt

Carleton senior Hart Hornor (Seattle, Wash./Roosevelt) continued his brilliant season with a performance to remember in front of the home fans. Hornor nearly led wire-to-wire and ran to victory at the Knights' "Running of the Cows" to give him a top-five (or better) finish at each of his three races in 2015. For his performance, the MIAC sports information directors honored Hornor Tuesday with his third MIAC Men's Cross Country Athlete-of-the-Week award of the 2015 season.

Hornor's latest outstanding performance saw him win the 96-runner race with a time of 24:45.7. Hornor grabbed the lead early in the race and never looked back as he crossed the finish line 42.7 seconds before the runner-up. The talented field included six teams, three of which are regionally ranked. Hornor's win led the Knights to a second-place team finish with 42 points, as the host finished just two points behind Gustavus in an entertaining team race.

The Carleton men will take this weekend off before their final tune-ups prior to the 2015 MIAC Championships. The Knights will send runners to two different meets on Oct. 17, with some headed to the St. Bonifacius Invitational, hosted by Crown College, and the rest going to the Connecticut College Invitational in Waterford, Conn. After that, the team will aim for another top-two finish at the MIAC Championships on Oct. 31 at Como Golf Course in St. Paul.

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 and senior star Ruth Steinke (Lima, N.Y./Honeoye Falls-Lima) have been having an exceptional 2015, and that continued over the weekend at the Knights' home "Running of the Cows" meet. Steinke was victorious on her home course for her third-straight first-place finish, and she led 12th-ranked Carleton to the team title as well. For her performance, the MIAC sports information directors honored Steinke Tuesday with her third MIAC Women's Cross Country Athlete-of-the-Week award of the 2015 season.

Steinke was brilliant on her home course, as she completed the race in just 22:04.6 to earn the win with a 27-second margin of victory. This was her third-straight win after also crossing the finish line first at UW-River Falls and St. Olaf, and she has been the top Division III finisher in each race this fall. Steinke's victory helped propel the Knights to a first-place finish in the six-team field, as the Knights accumulated 25 points to beat runner-up Saint Benedict and the rest of the field by at least 22 points.

The Carleton women will take this weekend off before their final tune-ups prior to the 2015 MIAC Championships. The Knights will send runners to two different meets on Oct. 17, with some headed to the St. Bonifacius Invitational, hosted by Crown College, and the rest going to the Connecticut College Invitational in Waterford, Conn. After that, the team will try to defend its conference title at the MIAC Championships on Oct. 31 at Como Golf Course in St. Paul.