Saksa is MIAC's track and field athlete of the week

Mike Ludwig and Matt Higgins (MIAC)
February 20, 2013

ST. PAUL, Minn. - Brian Saksa was named the MIAC's track athlete of the week on Tuesday after he won the mile at the University of Minnesota's Snowshoe open on Friday.

Saksa proved that he can run with the best, not only in Division III, but in NCAA Division I and II as well. For the second-straight season, the Ole distance runner won the mile at the University of Minnesota's Snowshoe Open in Minneapolis against a highly-talented field.

Saksa's winning time - a record for the Snowshoe Open - was 4:09.64, less than 10 seconds away from running a four-minute mile and less than a second ahead of Minnesota runner Marcus Paulson, who was the runner up. Saksa's time is No. 1 in the MIAC this season by nearly three seconds, and it's the second-fastest time recorded in Division III in 2013. Saksa's latest heroics come after earning All-MIAC honors while helping St. Olaf capture the MIAC men's cross country championship in the fall.

Saksa and the Oles are peaking at the right time, and will have the benefit of home-track advantage for their final two indoor competitions of the regular season. St. Olaf will host the Ole Qualifier Friday in Northfield, then will welcome the entire conference to its on-campus facility for the 2013 MIAC Indoor Track and Field Championships. The Oles host the MIAC meet in Northfield Feb. 28, March 1 and March 2.

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