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 Institution Class  Hometown | High School
1. 21:57.3 Meg Mathison Carleton So. Wauankee, 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 Honorable Mention
 Place Time Name Institution Class  Hometown | High 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 MIAC Women's Cross Country Sportsmanship Team
Name Institution Class  Hometown | High School
Kassandra Diaz Augsburg So. Bloomington, Minn. | Kennedy
Annika Halverson Bethel Jr. Wayzata, Minn.
Emily Kaegi Carleton Sr. Williamstown, Mass. | Mount Greylock
Kaley Hedberg Concordia Sr. Apple Valley, Minn. | Eastview
Olivia Crocker Gustavus Sr. Big Lake, Minn.
Alyssa Nash Hamline Sr. Sioux City, Iowa | West
Laura Gould Macalester Sr. Shorewood, Wis.
Morgan Durbin Saint Benedict Sr. St. Cloud, Minn. | Cathedral
Molly Sweet Saint Mary's So. Prescott, Wis.
Julia Clark St. Catherine Fy. Woodbury, Minn. | Math and Science Academy
Jordan Lutz St. Olaf Sr. St. Paul, Minn. | Mahtomedi
Maria Zahhos St. Thomas Sr. Medina, Minn. | Wayzata