Wintheiser is MIAC's cross country athlete of the week

Matt Higgins, MIAC
September 17, 2012

ST. PAUL, Minn. - St. Olaf sophomore Grant Wintheiser was named the MIAC's men's cross country athlete of the week on Monday, after he ran to a first-place finish at the 295-runner St. Olaf Invitational on Saturday.

Wintheiser's winning time was 25:36.0, which was more than 10 seconds faster than the runner-up, MSU-Mankato's Josiah Swanson. Wintheiser was the only Division III runner in the top five, nearly 30 seconds better than any other MIAC or Division III competitor. He led the Oles to a great team showing as all five of St. Olaf's scorers finished in the top 25 to help them finish as the runner-up behind only first-place MSU-Mankato. The Oles were the top MIAC and Division III finisher in the 21-team field.

The Oles and Wintheiser hope to continue the great start to their fall season this weekend when they travel across the border into Wisconsin for an important meet. St. Olaf will compete Saturday at the Blugold Open hosted by UW-Eau Claire in Eau Claire, Wis. After that, the Oles have just two more races on the schedule to tune up for the 2012 MIAC Cross Country Championships, which will take place Saturday, Oct. 27, at Como Park Golf Course in St. Paul, Minn.

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