Saksa is MIAC's track athlete of the week

Matt Higgins, MIAC
April 30, 2012

ST. PAUL, Minn. - St. Olaf sophomore distance runner Brian Saksa (Dassel, Minn.) was named the MIAC's track athlete of the week on Monday.

Saksa has had a breakout season for the Oles and, last week, he added another highlight-reel performance to his list of achievements in 2012. Saksa scored a victory in the men's 1,500-meter run at Macalester's Twilight Meet Thursday in St. Paul to move to the top of the MIAC performance list, and into the top 10 nationally.

To claim first place in the 1,500 at Macalester, Saksa narrowly edged teammate Reid Gilbertson at the finish line by less than a second. Saksa's winning and MIAC-leading time was 3:51.03, compared to 3:51.97 for Gilbertson, who ranks second in the conference. Saksa also now is in the Top 10 on the Division III performance list for the event. This is Saksa's third MIAC Athlete-of-the-Week honor in 2011-12, as he also won the honor once during cross country and once during the indoor track season.

Saksa and his teammates have two final opportunities on the schedule this week to prepare for the 2012 MIAC Outdoor Track and Field Championships. The Oles will host the Rolex Classic Tuesday in Northfield, Minn., at 4 p.m., and Saturday they travel to St. Paul, Minn., to compete in the Meet of UnSaintly on the Hamline campus with a 10 a.m. scheduled start time. The MIAC meet will take place the following weekend - May 11-12 - on the Concordia College campus in Moorhead, Minn.

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