OXFORD, Ohio - After leading their respective teams to strong showings over the weekend, the Miami Athletes of the Week connected by Frontier Communications for the week of Oct. 22-28 are redshirt junior runner Monica Fischer for the women and freshman kicker Kaleb Patterson for the men.
Fischer (Cincinnati, Ohio) led the Miami women to a runner-up finish at the MAC Cross Country Championships Saturday in rainy and cold Buffalo. She was Miami's top finisher for the second straight meet and second time in her career, placing 10th out of 104 runners in 22:00.6. She earned Second-Team All-MAC honors by finishing in the top 14, marking her first time earning All-MAC accolades. Fischer improved 21 places and shed 13 seconds from last year's MAC Championship, which was her first MAC race.
Patterson (Duncan, S.C.) kicked three field goals, including the game-winner, a 31-yarder, with only 1:24 left in the game as Miami Football beat 23rd-ranked Ohio, 23-20. The effort marked the first time in his career that he had booted three field goals (40, 32 and 31 yards). Patterson is now 11-of-13 this season on field goals and has made seven straight attempts. Miami's leading scorer this season is 4-of-5 from 30-39 yards and 5-of-5 from 40 yards or more this year.
The Miami Athlete of the Week honor is the first such honor for both Fischer and Patterson while Patterson also garnered MAC East Division Special Teams Player of the Week Monday for his efforts.
Fischer and the women's cross country team are back in action Friday, Nov. 9 at the Great Lakes Regional Championship in Madison, Wis. Patterson and the rest of the RedHawk football team return to the field Saturday at Buffalo with kickoff set for noon.
The next Miami Athletes of the Week connected by Frontier Communications will be announced Tuesday, Nov. 6. For a list of previous winners, click here.
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