BLOOMINGTON, Minn. -- The Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC) launched its league-wide Athlete of the Week program ahead of the 1999-2000 academic year. In the two decades since, the conference has recognized hundreds of student-athletes for exceptional performances in competition. In the absence of competitive athletics this fall, the MIAC will take time each week to revisit some memorable performances from the last 20 years of the Athlete of the Week program.
Today's Athlete of the Week Rewind revisits some outstanding achievements for the dates of September 29 - October 5 over the last 20 years.
Mitch Hendricks broke two school records and tied another on Saturday as he completed 33-of-39 passes for 504 yards and seven touchdowns in a 55-31 victory over Augsburg. The yardage and touchdowns broke Gustavus school records, and the 33 completions tied the team's single-game mark. His seven touchdown passes are also a new MIAC record for passing touchdowns in a conference game. This season, Hendricks leads all of NCAA Division III and the MIAC in passing yards (1,584), passing touchdowns (20), and completion percentage (78.8 percent). He has just one interception against his 20 touchdowns and has completed 119-of-151 passes for an average of 396.0 yards per game.
Andrew Porter led a seven-sack attack as Macalester shut down the Carleton offense in a 13-2 win over the Knights in Northfield. Porter registered 2.5 quarterback sacks for a loss of 26 yards, increasing his career total to 23.5. His first sack came on the game's second play and helped set the stage for Macalester's strong defensive performance. He was credited with six solo tackles and an assisted tackle in the contest.
Sam Lacy blocked two punts and one extra point attempt in Bethel's 50-6 win over Hamline University. His first blocked punt was returned 26 yards for a touchdown which gave Bethel a 22-0 lead midway through the second quarter. Lacy also recorded 11 total tackles on defense with one tackle for loss in the win.
Eli Szymanski scored three goals in the Cardinals' two games last week, netting a pair of late second-half tallies in Saint Mary's 5-2 loss to Simpson, before recording the game-winner three minutes into overtime in SMU's 4-3 win over Augsburg on Saturday. His performance against Simpson was the first multi-goal game of his collegiate career, while his game-winner against the Auggies snapped Saint Mary's 13-game losing streak against Augsburg.
Kristi Parks posted consecutive hat tricks and tacked on a trio of assists in victories over Concordia and Hamline last week. The sophomore's 15-point week helped boost the Oles to a 6-1 overall record and perfect 3-0 mark in the MIAC.
Madison Weiss had another big week that included career-high numbers to help Saint Benedict pick up a trio of road victories last week, including a five-set conference win at St. Catherine. Weiss started the week with a career-high 26 kills and five solo blocks against the Wildcats. She finished the night hitting .523 with 12 total blocks. Weiss added 23 blocks in two non-conference wins at the Simpson Invite and finished the week with 49 kills, 20 total blocks, and a .512 hitting percentage.
Taya Kockelman racked up 87 assists for an average of 14.50 assists per set as she led CSB to a pair of 3-0 wins over Augsburg and St. Catherine. Kockelman came up especially big Wednesday in a top-25 showdown to lead her team to a sweep of No. 24-ranked Augsburg. In Saint Benedict's win over last season's MIAC Co-Champs, Kockelman handed out 44 assists and added 11 digs, eight kills, and two service aces for an extremely full stat line. She was great again in a 3-0 win over St. Catherine on Saturday with 43 assists, nine digs, four kills, and two aces.
Ben Sathre scored a first-place finish over the weekend at the Loyola (Ill.) Lakefront Cross Country Invitational in Chicago against an extremely talented field that featured runners from Divisions I, II and III. In his first 8K of the season, Sathre cross the finish line in just 24:30, which was 19 seconds better than the runner-up, Nick Thomas of Division I Toledo. Sathre led the Tommies to a 14th-place finish with a team score of 357 out of 48 teams in the field.
Meg Mathison secured her first collegiate cross country victory over the weekend, winning the "Running of the Cows" meet by half-a-second. The field included 219 runners from 14 teams, including seven squads that were either nationally- or regionally-ranked. Mathison crossed the finish line in 22:08.4, helping the Knights claim the team title.
Andrew Whitchurch came in at 1-under-par at the 2010 MIAC Men's Golf Championship over the weekend to earn individual medalist honors and headline the All-Conference Team. The sophomore shot a 3-over-par 75 to open the weekend, then improved Sunday with a 1-under-par 71, and finally his 3-under-par 69 Monday secured the title and brought his overall 54-hole score under par (215, 1-under). The 69 was the lowest 18-hole score of the tournament. Whitchurch is the first Cobbers' golfer to earn MIAC medalist honors. He helped Concordia finish fourth in the team standings at the championship.
Alyssa Akiyama earned medalist honors for the second time in her career by setting the MIAC 54-hole championship record for the third time in four seasons and the second year in a row, this time shooting a 220 (73-73-74) over the three-day MIAC Championship tournament this past weekend. Akiyama - who also holds the 18-hole championship record at 70 - tied the 54-hole conference record with a 224 in 2016 and briefly set a new mark last year at 223 in 2018 before teammate Ziyi Wang finished with a 221 later in the day.