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 October 6-12 over the last 20 years.
Nick Barber had a breakout game for the Pipers, hauling in 16 catches for 274 yards and four touchdowns in Hamline's 33-40 loss to St. Olaf on Saturday. Each mark ranks in the top-five all-time among MIAC single-game performances. His 16 catches is the third-highest single-game total and second-most in Hamline history, while his 274 yards and four touchdowns rank first in program history and second all-time in Conference lineage.
Andrew Ubbelohde had 15 tackles, including four for losses, and made a pivotal interception to rally the Tommies from a 3-0 halftime deficit in Saturday's 27-9 win over St. Olaf. UST trailed 3-0 when Ubbelohde intercepted a pass near midfield. Four plays later, the Tommies scored a go-ahead touchdown. Ubbelhode is averaging 13 tackles a game this season.
Le'Andre Benion left his mark on three Augsburg single-game records for kickoff returns in last Saturday's loss at No. 4 Saint John's. Benion tied the program record for total kickoff returns with eight and set a new mark for total kickoff return yards with 212, breaking the previous single-game record of 193, set by Hakeem Bourne-McFarlane in 2013. His 99-yard kickoff return for a touchdown in the fourth quarter also set a new school record, surpassing Dan Nayman's 1980 mark of 94 yards. Benion's eight kickoff return ties the single-game MIAC record, while his 212 yards is a new conference best.
Dakota Loomis tallied back-to-back hat tricks as Carleton won two MIAC matches. In Wednesday's 7-1 win at Augsburg, Loomis scored his first three goals of the season as the Knights' offense exploded. In Saturday's upset win over regionally-ranked Saint John's, Loomis scored twice within a 20-minute span. His first goal was a diving header off a corner kick in the 57th minute, making it 2-1. He tallied the equalizer in the 78th minute, pounding home a loose ball in the SJU penalty box. His game-winner in the 119th minute came off a deflection, giving the Knights the win. The back-to-back hat trick is a first in Carleton men's soccer history.
Kajsa Brindley scored five goals - including four in one game - in two St. Olaf wins last week. Brindley's week started with the game-winning goal in a 1-0 win over Hamline. Brindley went on to register a hat trick by halftime and four total goals in a 4-1 win over Gustavus. Her four goals were the most by a St. Olaf player in at least 10 years and are believed to be a program record.
Colleen Ourada racked up 60 kills, 58 digs, and 10 total blocks in the three wins while becoming Augsburg's all-time leader in blocks and surpassing 1,000 career digs. Ourada's big week started with a 20-kill, 19-dig, five-block performance in a 3-1 MIAC win over St. Olaf. Then, she had 18 kills, 18 digs, and four blocks in a 3-0 win over Coe and 22 kills and 21 digs in a 3-2 win over the host school at the Wartburg Quadrangular. Ourada now has Augsburg's career blocks record (303 total, 86 solo) and became just the second Auggie ever to surpass 1,000 career kills and digs with a record 1,420 kills and 1,009 digs.
Morgan Thomas had a big defensive week to propel the Cardinals to a 5-0 record and earned her fourth All-Tournament Team honor of 2016 at the Neumann Invitational. Thomas collected 103 digs and had 18 assists with 10 aces in the five matches. At the Neumann Invite, she had at least 20 digs in three of the four matches, with 19 in the other, and she had 17 digs in a 3-0 MIAC win over St. Olaf. She had 25 digs in a win over Neumann and a career-high seven aces in a win over Keystone – the most by a Cardinal since 2005.
Grant Wintheiser won the UWEC Blugold Invitational while leading third-ranked St. Olaf to the team title, defeating No. 2-ranked UW-Eau Claire to avenge an earlier loss this fall. The Ole senior star was the top runner in the 385-person field Friday in Eau Claire, Wis., completing the course in 24:36.5. Not only was Wintheiser honored by the MIAC for his performance, but he was also the USTFCCCA's Division III Men's Cross Country National Athlete of the Week as well. Wintheiser won the individual title by five seconds, and he led three Oles to finish in the top nine as No. 3-ranked St. Olaf defeated No. 2-ranked UW-Eau Claire by just four points to lead the competitive 25-team field.
Ruth Steinke ran to a first-place individual finish to lead Carleton to a team victory at the UWEC Blugold Invitational. Steinke crossed the finish line in just 21:59.7 to win the women's race and best a talented field of 405 runners in a photo finish. Steinke won by less than a second over an unattached runner and defeated the rest of the pack by at least nine seconds. In the process, the 16th-ranked Knights scored 49 points to earn a decisive victory over the star-studded field, defeating the likes of Division II's Minnesota-Duluth (No. 4) and Winona State (No. 11) and three other ranked Division III foes.
Alex Kolquist shattered the previous scoring record at the MIAC Men's Golf Championship tournament by six shots, recording an incredible 9-under-par 207 over the 54 holes to claim individual medalist honors and lead Gustavus to the men's team title. Kolquist was both consistent and brilliant over the three-day tournament, recording a score under par in each of the three 18-hole rounds at Bunker Hills Golf Course in Coon Rapids, Minn. He opened with a 3-under-par 69 on Saturday, and was even better with a 5-under-par 67 on Saturday. Kolquist needed just a 76 or better to break the previous MIAC scoring record (213, Tony Krogen, Saint John's, 2009), but he was even better than that in Monday's final round, carding a 1-under-par 71 to claim medalist and All-MIAC honors while leading Gustavus to the team title.
Ziyi Wang tied the conference 54-hole individual record with an eight-over-par 224 to win medalist honors at the 2017 MIAC Women's Golf Championships over the weekend. Wang is the fifth consecutive Knight to win MIAC individual honors.