MIAC Athletes of the Week – Feb. 20, 2018


BLOOMINGTON, Minn. -- The Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC) announced its Athlete of the Week award winners for men's and women's tennis and indoor track and field on Tuesday. Student-athletes from Bethel, Gustavus, Saint Benedict and St. Thomas claimed the Conference's weekly honors for Feb. 13-19, 2018.

The MIAC Athlete of the Week awards are nominated and selected by the Conference's sports information directors. Transitioning from the winter to spring season, team sports (basketball, hockey) Athletes of the Week will be recognized on Monday afternoons, with individual sports (tennis, indoor track and field) announced on Tuesday afternoons. The winners of the latest Athlete of the Week awards are listed below, along with details on their outstanding performances.

To view each sport's 2017-18 Athlete of the Week home page, navigate to the MIAC's Awards page, or visit the 2017-18 Athlete of the Week news archive for complete details on each week's selections and winners.

MIAC Men's Tennis Athlete of the Week
Mike O'Neil
Gustavus Adolphus College
Edina, Minn.

Mike O'Neil won both of his singles and doubles matches as the Gusties defeated Morningside and Saint Mary's last Saturday. O'Neil started the day with a 6-0, 6-0 win at No. 1 singles in the home opener against Morningside before hitting the road for a 6-0, 6-2 win at SMU.

MIAC Women's Tennis Athlete of the Week
Mackenzie Schurhamer
College of Saint Benedict

Woodbury, Minn.

Mackenzie Schurhamer went undefeated at singles and doubles to help CSB win its fifth straight match last week. The first-year player is tied for the team lead with seven singles wins – including a 5-0 mark at No. 5 singles – along with six doubles wins on the season.

MIAC Men's Indoor Track Athlete of the Week
Carl Klamm
Bethel University
Evanston, Ill.

Carl Klamm and the rest of Bethel's 4x400-meter relay team set a new school record in the 1,600-meter relay with a time of 3:13.21 at the University of Minnesota's Snowshoe Open, securing the top time in the nation by more than a second. Klamm also won the 600-meter race at the Tostrud Classic last weekend with a time of 1:22.37.

MIAC Men's Indoor Field Athlete of the Week
Eric Holst
University of St. Thomas
Lanesboro, Minn.

Eric Holst broke a 25-year-old St. Thomas record previously held by his event coach, Pat Ahern – a multiple-time DIII national throws champion – with a 63-0 weight throw at the Gopher Snowshoe Open last weekend. His latest mark ranks a close second nationally in Division III.

MIAC Women's Indoor Track Athlete of the Week
McKayla Stowell
Gustavus Adolphus College

Le Sueur, Minn. | Le Sueur-Henderson

McKayla Stowell finished second in the 60-meter dash with a time of 7.76 while racing against Division II competition at the Maverick Invite last weekend. Her time ranks first in the MIAC and is tied for eighth in all of Division III this season.

MIAC Women's Indoor Field Athlete of the Week
Kendall Novak
University of St. Thomas

Farmington, Minn.

Kendall Novak recorded a career-best 12-2 vault, finishing third – behind two Division I University of Minnesota vaulters – out of 20 competitors at Saturday's U of M Parents' Day Invite. Her performance ranks first in the Conference and 12th in Division III this season, and ranks No. 2 in St. Thomas program history.