BLOOMINGTON, Minn. – The Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC) recognized some of its best and brightest spring-sport student-athletes on Tuesday with the announcement of the baseball, softball, tennis, and outdoor track & field Elite 22 Awards.
Gustavus senior Nick Aney and sophomore Alli Laux received the award for men's and women's tennis, respectively; Saint John's sophomore Tommy Allen and Saint Benedict senior Tracy Renier were the recipients in outdoor track & field; St. Olaf sophomore Hannah Peschel was awarded in softball and Bethel sophomore Matthew Carlsen received baseball's Elite 22 award.
The MIAC Elite 22 Award recognizes the true essence of the term "student-athlete" by honoring the individual who has reached the pinnacle of competition at the conference championship level in his or her sport, while also achieving the highest academic standard among his or her peers. Modeled after the NCAA Elite 90 Award, the MIAC Elite 22 Award is presented to the student-athlete with the highest grade-point average (GPA) in each sport who meets similarly high, sport-specific athletic requirements.
In all sports with MIAC team postseason tournaments the MIAC Elite 22 Award is presented to the individual with the highest GPA on the active roster at the MIAC Playoff championship contest. In championship meet sports, the winner is the individual with the highest GPA who earned All-Conference status. The recipient must be a sophomore, junior, or senior and in at least their second season of competition with their current team.
Allen (So. | Woodbury, Minn. | St. Paul Academy) added Elite 22 honors in outdoor track & field after earning indoor honors in March. Allen received All-MIAC distinction after winning the conference title in the 800-meter run in May with a time of 1:54.94. A Pre-Med student, Allen has a 4.00 GPA while majoring in biochemistry at Saint John's.
Aney (Sr. | Rochester, Minn. | Century) earned a second straight Elite 22 honor in men's tennis. The 2022 MIAC Arthur Ashe Award winner for sportsmanship and achievement in men's tennis, Aney was named All-Conference as a doubles competitor for the third consecutive season and added honorable mention accolades in singles competition as a senior. Aney has maintained a 3.988 grade-point average while majoring in biochemistry and molecular biology at Gustavus.
Carlsen (So. | Miltona, Minn. | Alexandria) was named to both the All-MIAC and All-Defensive teams for his play on the diamond this spring. The sophomore outfielder ranked second in conference play in runs (25), hits (34), batting average (.479), and on-base percentage (.557). Defensively, Carlsen also maintained a perfect fielding percentage against MIAC foes. Carlsen has a 4.00 GPA as a mechanical engineering major at Bethel.
Laux (So. | Onalaska, Wis.) received honorable mention distinction in singles play when the conference announced its women's tennis awards earlier in May. Laux tallied a 15-5 record overall in 2022 while playing at Nos. 2, 4, and 5 singles for the Gusties. An elementary education major at Gustavus, Laux holds a 3.973 cumulative GPA.
Peschel (So. | Shoreview, Minn. | Mounds View) picked up All-MIAC honors as an outfielder for the Oles this spring. Peschel ranked fifth in the conference with a slugging percentage of .643 in league games as a sophomore. Peschel has maintained a perfect 4.00 GPA while majoring in political science at St. Olaf.
Renier (Sr. | Plymouth, Minn. | Benilde-St. Margaret's) added her second consecutive Elite 22 honor in women's outdoor track & field. The senior earned All-MIAC status with a conference championship victory in the 3000-meter steeplechase, clocking in at 11:33.48 at the 2022 MIAC Outdoor Track & Field Championships in May. Renier has a 4.00 GPA as an economics major at Saint Benedict.
A physical award will be provided to the winners to commemorate their MIAC Elite 22 Award. The conference also recognizes the honorees on the MIAC Elite 22 Award website, which archives each of the winners throughout the academic year.