Lee gets MIAC's weekly honor

Matt Higgins (MIAC)
April 16, 2012

ST. PAUL, Minn. - St. Olaf junior Emma Lee was named the MIAC's track athlete of the week on Monday.

Just two meets into the 2012 outdoor track and field season, the St. Olaf women are off to a great start. The Oles' most recent success came Friday at Drake University, with Lee (St. Paul, Minn./Como Park) delivering the top highlight. Lee shattered her own school record in the women's 10,000-meter run, winning the event and recording a time that is among the best in the MIAC and all of Division III in 2012. For her record-setting performance, Lee has been named the MIAC Women's Outdoor Track Athlete-of-the-Week.

Lee's first-place finish in the 10K at the Jim Duncan Invitational will replace her old mark in the St. Olaf school record book, as she won the event with a time of 36:26.01. That time bested her previous school record by a full 26 seconds and it ranks as the fastest time in the conference this season, nearly three minutes faster than the second-best time. Lee's performance also got her into the top 10 in the Division III top times list, as that time ranks as the 10th fastest in the nation thus far in 2012. Lee finished 13th in the 10K at the Division III National Championships as a sophomore in 2011.

This weekend, Lee and her teammates will get a chance to showcase their skills in front of the home fans, as St. Olaf hosts the Manitou Classic in Northfield Saturday with the meet set to start at 11 a.m. The Oles will also be busy the following week with the Hamline Twilight Meet (April 25) and the Macalester Janis Rider Invitational (April 28) also coming up on the schedule.

Contact media relations specialist Mike Ludwig at (507) 786-3834 or ludwigm@stolaf.edu.