Westby named MIAC's track athlete of the week

Matt Higgins (MIAC)
April 24, 2012

ST. PAUL, Minn. - St. Olaf senior Maren Westby was named the MIAC's track athlete of the week on Monday.

Westby is putting the finishing touches on a decorated career with the Oles during her final outdoor track and field season, and it appears she was saving some of her best performances for last. Over the weekend, Westby was brilliant at the Oles' home meet, the Manitou Classic, winning the women's 1,500-meter run with a new personal record time. She now has the top time in the MIAC this season, and is in the top 25 nationally. For her performance, Westby has been named the MIAC Women's Outdoor Track Athlete-of-the-Week.

Westby's great showing in front of the home fans featured a first-place finish, and a time of 4:37.96. That time is seven seconds better that her previous career best, and it is nearly three seconds better than any other performance recorded in the MIAC this season. Westby's time ranks her 21st in all of NCAA Division III this season. Westby was one of three St. Olaf athletes to finish first in an event as the meet did not track team scores.

Westby and her teammates will try to continue their success this week with a pair of meets on the St. Olaf schedule, both in St. Paul. Wednesday, the Oles will be a part of the field at the Hamline Twilight meet, and then they will return to St. Paul Saturday to compete in the Janis Rider Invitational, hosted by Macalester College.

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