BLOOMINGTON, Minn. -- The Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC) announced its Athlete of the Week award winners for cross country and golf on Tuesday. Student-athletes from Carleton and St. Thomas claimed the Conference's weekly honors for September 3-9, 2019.
The MIAC Athlete of the Week awards are nominated by the Conference's sports information directors and selected by MIAC staff. Throughout the fall season, team sports (football, soccer and volleyball) Athletes of the Week will be recognized on Monday afternoons, with individual sports (cross country and golf) 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 2019-20 Athlete of the Week home page, navigate to the MIAC's Awards page or visit the 2019-20 Athlete of the Week news archive for complete details on each week's selections and winners.
Matt Wilkinson was the top NCAA Division III finisher at the Augustana Twilight last Friday. Wilkinson completed the four-mile course in 19:33.93 and placed 17th overall in a 26-team field that included two Division I programs and nine Division II teams. Wilkinson helped the No. 10-ranked Knights to a seventh-place result in the team competition.
Clara Mayfield won her collegiate debut by posting a time of 22:38.6 in the 6K race at the Ken Weidt Invitational hosted by Concordia University Wisconsin on Friday. That time was good for a seven-second margin of victory over the runner-up and 44 seconds faster than the third-place finisher. Mayfield propelled the No. 6-ranked Knights to victory in the 11-team competition, which included 111 racers.
Emmet Herb led the No. 22-ranked Tommies to a repeat crown at the eight-team Pioneer Collegiate tournament in Maple Plain, Minn. over the weekend. Herb recorded an eight-under-par score of 208 (70-69-69), leading all 66 Division III players and beating 26 of the 27 Division I golfers competing. Herb took second out of 93 competitors, just two shots behind the medalist, Texas A&M's Brandon Smith (206). Herb has recorded 20 under-par rounds in his career, including four this season.
Alyssa Akiyama tied for first place at last weekend's Wartburg Fall Invite, marking her third victory at the tournament in her four-year career. Akiyama also registered her best 36-hole collegiate score with a two-round total of 142 (73-69). She has earned medalist honors at both of the Knights' tournaments this season, helping Carleton to second-place finishes each of the last two weeks.
Claudia Kim tied for first place at the Wartburg Fall Invite by posting a two-under-par 142 (69-73) over the weekend. Kim's three-under-par 69 tied for the second-best score by a MIAC competitor over the last 12 years and is believed to be a St. Thomas program record. Kim's 142 helped the Tommies post a pair of 305 team scores, good for the second-lowest 36-hole total in program history and a third-place finish out of 17 teams at the meet.
Kristin Miyagi carded back-to-back rounds of 71 over the weekend, posting the lowest 18- and 36-hole scores of her career to tie for first place at the Wartburg Fall Invite. After tallying five birdies on Saturday, Miyagi notched 15 pars and a pair of birdies with only one bogey in the final round to help Carleton take second place in the 17-team field.