This week's honorees are Alison Olson and Tom Hjertonsson.
2016 Second Team All-MAC Three-time Academic All-MAC
2015-16:Indoor-Competed in three meets...Beat her personal record in the 800-meter run at the GVSU Big Meet (2/12) with a time of 2:12.27...Named to the Academic All-MAC Team. Outdoor- Earned Second Team All-MAC honors after placing second in the 800 meters at the MAC Championships (5/14)...Won her preliminary heat with a season-best time in the event at MACs before taking silver in the final...Running the 800 and 1,500, placed sixth or better in every race she ran at six different meets during her final collegiate season...Earned Academic All-MAC honors for the third time in her career.
2014-15:Indoor- Did not compete. Outdoor- Ran the 800 meters at six outdoor meets...Posted three top-five finishes in the event, including runner-up efforts at the Chicagoland Championships (4/9) and the Huskie Open (5/9)...Qualified for the MAC Championships (5/15), where she finished with the 17th best time in the preliminary race...Had a season-best time of 2:13.10 at the Hillsdale Relays (4/25).
2013-14: Indoor- Ran middle distance at four indoor meets... Set a personal-best 800 meters time of 2:14.33 at the GVSU Big Meet (2/15)... Punched her ticket to the conference championships at Grand Valley State in the mile with a time of 4:57.09, placing 13th... Ended the year with a career-best run of 4:55.89 in the mile at the MAC Championships (3/1), finishin seventh... Helped break the school's distance medley record at the MAC meet with a time of 11:35.03... Claimed fifth in the mile at the Indiana Relays (1/31) with a time of 5:02.45... Clocked in at 5:10.96 in the mile at the Illini Classic (1/18). Outdoor-Ran at eight meets during the year... Helped set NIU records in the 4x800 relay and distance medley relay at the Penn Relays (4/24-26)... Earned a spot in the NCAA West Preliminary Round (5/29) in the 800 meters, where she ran 2:12.26 to place 40th... Qualified for the NCAA regional meet with a PR run of 2:08.93 at the Wisconsin Open (5/10) to finish second... Placed third in the 3000 steeplechase at the Blue Demon Invitational (4/19) with a 10:42.07 clip... Took second in the steeplechase at the EIU Big Blue Classic (4/5), crossing the finish line at 11:02.26... Set a net personal record in the 1500 meters at the Mt. SAC Relays (4/18) with a time of 4:30.98.
2012-13: Indoor- Competed at two indoor meets... Ran a season-best time of 2:16.94 in the 800 meters at the MAC Championships (2/22)... Also added a 5:10.92 mark in the mile at Grand Valley (2/8)... Finished seventh in the 800 meters at the Ball State Quadrangular, crossing the finish line at 2:20.32... Ran the opening leg of NIU's distance medley relay that placed eighth at GVSU... Helped NIU score an eighth place finish in the distance medley relay at the conference championship. Outdoor- Ran in two meets before missing the remainder of the season due to injury... Notched a season-best time of 4:44.85 in the 1500 meters at the Bulls Invitational (3/15)... Ran 4:47.19 in the 1500 meters at the Raleigh Relays (3/28)... Helped NIU break the school's 4x1500 relay record with a 19:33.00 clip in Raleigh.
High School: Named to the Wisconsin Cross Country Coaches Association All-State, all-area and all-conference cross country teams in 2011... Placed eighth at the 2011 Wisconsin Division 2 Cross Country State Championships with a time of 14:50.00... Won the sectional championship in 2011 with a 4K time of 14:36.80... Earned three top five finishes at the 2011 Division 2 state meet to earn all-state recognition, including a third place finish as the anchor leg in the 4x800 relay with a time of 2:15.00... Also placed fourth in the 4x400 relay and fifth in the 800 meters in 2011... Holds seven school records at Bloomer and the Heart O' North Conference record in the 800 meters... Has won the track & field team MVP honor each of her previous three years with the Blackhawks... Earned all-conference and all-area honors with the BHS basketball team... Helped the BHS track & field team win the past two team conference championships... Member of the conference championship and sectional runner-up cross country team in 2011... Won the state reserve championship in barrel racing and competed at the world finals in 2011... Member of the National Honor Society.
Personal: Born July 12, 1994 in Eau Claire, Wis... Daughter of Bart and Shelly Olson... Majors in speech language pathology... Active volunteer... Brother plays football at UW-Eau Claire.