Carleton’s Mathison headlines Women’s Cross Country Awards

Mathison (right) and Kaegi finished first and second at the 2017 MIAC Championships.
Mathison (right) and Kaegi finished first and second at the 2017 MIAC Championships.

BLOOMINGTON, Minn. – The No. 9-ranked Carleton Knights rolled to a historic victory at the 2017 Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC) Women's Cross Country Championships last weekend and their outstanding efforts were recognized again on Thursday when the MIAC released its annual Women's Cross Country Awards.

In her first year of running cross country at any level, Meg Mathison (So. | Waunakee, Wis.) was nothing short of fantastic, winning placing first at the 2017 MIAC Championships with a time of 21:57.3 on the 6K course at St. Olaf College and earning MIAC Athlete of the Year honors in the process. The sophomore sensation has finished in the top-three in each of her last four races this season.

Carleton placed five runners among the top-eight and seven in the top-12 finishers at the MIAC Women's Cross Country Championships to secure the program's ninth Conference title and fourth in the last five seasons. The victory assured Carleton head coach Donna Ricks of her 10th MIAC Coach of the Year accolade, an honor well-deserved following Saturday's dominant performance in Northfield, Minn.

In addition to the top individual honors, the MIAC Women's Cross Country All-Conference and All-Conference Honorable Mention squads were also recognized. The top 15 finishers in Saturday's MIAC Championship race received All-Conference honors, while finishers 16-25 received Honorable Mention. Carleton led all teams with a whopping seven All-Conference finishers, the most on-record from one team in Conference history. The 15 All-MIAC runners were made up of six seniors, two juniors, three sophomores and four first-year runners.

As part of a Conference-wide sportsmanship initiative, the MIAC also announced the 12th annual All-MIAC Sportsmanship team for Women's Cross Country. Members of the All-MIAC Sportsmanship team are selected by their coaches and teammates as individuals who demonstrate ideals of positive sportsmanship both on and off the field of competition.

2017 MIAC Women's Cross Country Awards
Athlete of the Year: Meg Mathison, Carleton (So., Waunakee, Wis.)
Coach of the Year: Donna Ricks, Carleton (25th season)


2017 MIAC Women's Cross Country All-Conference Team

Place  

Time

Name

School

Year  

Hometown/Previous School

1.

21:57.3

Meg Mathison

Carleton

So.

Waunakee, Wis.

2.

21:59.6

Emily Kaegi

Carleton

Sr. 

Williamstown, Mass. | Mount Greylock

3.

22:10.3

Annika Halverson

Bethel

Jr.

Wayzata, Minn.

4.

22:34.8

Amanda Mosborg

Carleton

Fy.

Edina, Minn.

5.

22:41.6

Anna Hage

Bethel

Fy.

Edina, Minn.

6.

22:42.2

Samantha Schnirring

Carleton

Jr.

Eden Prairie, Minn. 

7.

22:45.8

Bryony Hawgood

St. Olaf

So.

Harare, Zimbabwe | Arundel

8.

22:50.1

Emma Greenlee

Carleton

Fy.

Aurora, Minn. | Mesabi East

9.

22:54.6

Sadie Klug

Gustavus

Sr.

Waseca, Minn.

10

22:55.7

Jordan Lutz

St. Olaf

Sr. 

St. Paul, Minn. | Mahtomedi

11.

22:58.8

Fiona Casey

Carleton

Fy.

Chicago, Ill. | Northside

12.

23:04.8

Ruthie Boyd

Carleton

So.

Breckenridge, Colo. | Summit

13.

23:09.4

Ali Glassbrenner

St. Thomas

Sr.

Eau Claire, Wis. | Memorial

14.

23:13.8

Jena Moody

St. Olaf

Sr.

Apple Valley, Minn. | Eastview

15.

23:15.0

Melissa Marsh

St. Thomas

Sr.

St. Anthony, Minn.


2017 MIAC Women's Cross Country All-Conference Honorable Mention

Place  

Time

Name

School

Year  

Hometown/Previous School  

16.

23:16.3

Sara Ness

St. Thomas

So.

Johnston, Iowa

17.

23:17.7

Jenny Walz

St. Thomas

Sr.

Plymouth, Minn. | Providence Academy

18.

23:18.9

Jenny Launder

St. Thomas

Jr.

Verona, Wis. | Middleton

19.

23:21.2

Mary Naas

St. Olaf

Jr.

Mendota Heights, Minn. | St. Paul Academy

20.

23:23.4

Briana Paulsen

St. Olaf

Sr.

Eden Prairie, Minn.

21.

23:25.3

Becca Wilkin

St. Thomas

Jr.

Eagan, Minn. | Trinity

22.

23:25.7

Marlee Yost-Wolff

Macalester

Jr.

Lawrence, Kan. | Lawrence Free State

23.

23:26.1

Olivia Rosenow

Gustavus

Sr.

Maple Grove, Minn.

24.

23:26.2

Amber Matzoll

St. Thomas

Jr.

St. Anthony, Minn. | Totino-Grace

25.

23:28.5

Morgan Pierce

Saint Benedict

Jr.

Mandan, N.D. | Saint Mary's Central


2017 Women's Cross Country All-MIAC Sportsmanship Team

Augsburg – Kassandra Diaz (So. | Bloomington, Minn. | Kennedy)
Bethel – Annika Halverson (Jr. | Wayzata, Minn.)
Carleton – Emily Kaegi (Sr. | Williamstown, Mass. | Mount Greylock)
Concordia – Kaley Hedberg (Sr. | Apple Valley, Minn. | Eastview)
Gustavus – Olivia Crocker (Sr. | Big Lake, Minn.)
Hamline – Alyssa Nash (Sr. | Sioux City, Iowa | West)
Macalester – Laura Gould (Sr. | Shorewood, Wis.)
Saint Benedict – Morgan Durbin (Sr. | St. Cloud, Minn. | Cathedral)
St. Catherine – Julia Clark (Fy. | Woodbury, Minn. | Math and Science Academy)
Saint Mary's – Molly Sweet (So. | Prescott, Wis.)
St. Olaf – Jordan Lutz (Sr. | St. Paul, Minn. | Mahtomedi)
St. Thomas – Maria Zahhos (Sr. | Medina, Minn. | Wayzata)