Lundin is MIAC's coach of the year, Wintheiser is most valuable
November 1, 2012
ST. PAUL, Minn. - St. Olaf sophomore Grant Wintheiser, the league's individual champion, was named the MIAC's most valuable athlete and Phil Lundin the coach of the year, the league announced on Thursday.
Wintheiser ran to victory - and to the league's top individual honor in 2012 - Saturday by finishing the 8K course in 25:08.1. The Oles' second-year star finished more than 20 seconds ahead of the runner-up to finish first in the 235-runner field. In the process, Wintheiser earned his second-straight All-MIAC honor after finishing sixth in the 2011 race. The MIAC championship is the latest success for Wintheiser this fall, as he was named MIAC Athlete-of-the-Week twice on Sept. 17 and Oct. 1. The Oles last won the title behind a first-place finisher in 2008.
The MIAC coaching honor is the second of Lundin's St. Olaf career, after also winning the award as the Oles' first-year coach in 2008. This season, Lundin's squad was certainly impressive en route to the conference title, scoring 54 points and winning by a convincing margin of 43 points over the rest of the field. The Oles not only had the individual champ, but four of the top 14, six of the top 25 and seven of the 30. All seven St. Olaf runners finished in less than 26:40. This was St. Olaf's fifth MIAC title, and third since 2004 after winning just twice from 1934 to 2003. In addition to his two MIAC Coach-of-the-Year awards, Lundin was also named Big Ten Coach-of-the-Year four times during his tenure as head coach at the University of Minnesota.