Olson is MIAC's cross country athlete of the week

Matt Higgins, MIAC and Mike Ludwig
September 4, 2013

ST. PAUL, Minn. - St. Olaf first year Noelle Olson was named the MIAC's women's cross country athlete of the week on Wednesday, after she won the Mac-Ole Time Trial in her first collegiate race on Friday.

Olson completed the 4K course with a school record time of 14:26.7. She was the first to cross the finish line, beating teammate Jorden Johnson - who finished ninth at the 2012 Division III Championships - by 23 seconds for the win. Olson was the only runner to break 14:30, and only one of three to break 15:00 at the season-opening time trial. She led the Oles to a 20-40 victory over the Scots as 11 of the first 14 runners to cross the finish line hailed from St. Olaf.

The Oles hope their team - and new first-year runner - can continue the hot start on their home course this weekend. Saturday, St. Olaf will host an alumni race at 10 a.m. The Oles and Olson will return to competition the following Saturday - Sept. 14 - when they travel across the border into Wisconsin for the UW-River Falls Invite in River Falls, Wis.

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