Hello Mustang Fans!
Homecoming week on the campus of Southwest Minnesota State University is in full swing!
This year's homecoming theme is, "Paint the Town Brown & Gold." You can find the full schedule of SMSU Homecoming events at SMSU.edu. Here are just a few of the events on Friday and Saturday:
- 12 p.m. - Alumni Awards luncheon, Conference Center Ballroom
- 6 p.m - University Gala, R/A Facility
- 10:45 a.m - Alumni parade hospitality tent, Memorial Park, corner of Main an East College Dr.
- 11 a.m. -Homecoming parade
- 2-6 p.m. - Homecoming Tailgate/Family Fun Fest, R/A Facility parking lot area/Green Lot
- 6 p.m. - Kickoff, Mustangs vs. University of Sioux Falls, The Schwan Regional Event Center
- 9 p.m.-12 a.m. - 176 Key Dueling Pianos, Brau Brothers Brewery
The SMSU homecoming football game versus the University of Sioux Falls is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. Saturday. The pre-game festivities will begin at 2 p.m. in the R/A Facility parking lot with family activities, music, food, beverages and a great social environment. Prior to the kickoff, there will be a ceremony at the 50-yard line dedicating the facility, the Schwan Regional Event Center.
On Sunday, the SMSU Department of Athletics will honor the 2012-13 academic and athletic achievements of the teams, student-athletes and department at the annual Celebration of Excellence ceremony. The event will begin with a social at 1 p.m. in the Conference Center Ballroom and the ceremony will begin at 1:30 p.m.
Mustangs still ranked 18th
The No. 18 SMSU women's soccer team (8-0, 5-0 NSIC) did not move in the national rankings this week after going 2-0 last weekend. The Mustangs beat St. Cloud State and Minnesota-Duluth to cap off an undefeated five-game homestand.
This weekend the Mustangs hit the road heading north for games versus Bemidji State on Saturday and Minnesota Crookston on Sunday. The Mustangs are currently tied for first place in the NSIC with Augustana and Minnesota State all with a 5-0 records.
Congratulations to soccer player Danica Requejo who was named NSIC Defensive Player of the Week for her performance this past weekend.
SMSU (2-2 NSIC, 0-0 NSIC South) returns home Saturday to open NSIC South Division play versus the University of Sioux Falls (2-2 NSIC, 0-0 NSIC South).
The Homecoming game is scheduled to start at 6 p.m. at Mattke Field at The Schwan Regional Event Center.
The Mustangs are coming off a tough loss on the road at Bemidji State 40-41, last Saturday.
No. 7-ranked SMSU (10-3, 5-0 NSIC) will continue NSIC action on the road this weekend, heading north to the University of Mary on Friday and Minot State on Saturday.
The Mustangs are coming off two home wins versus Northern State and Moorhead State last weekend. SMSU is currently tied for first place in the NSIC with Concordia St. Paul.
The Mustangs will compete in the twelve-team NSIC Fall Championship on Saturday and Sunday at The Classic at Madden's in Brainerd.
SMSU is coming off a third-place finish in the Mustang Invitational at the Marshall Golf Club.
This weekend's competition will conclude their fall schedule.
The SMSU women's and men's cross country teams competed at the Roy Griak Invitational, hosted by the University of Minnesota at Les Bolstad Golf Course in Falcon Heights, last Saturday.
The Mustangs finished 27th out of 40 teams in the 8,000-meter men's race, while SMSU earned a 29th place finish out of 32 teams in the 6,000-meter women's race.
Trent Smith led the Mustangs with a 64th-place effort in 26 minutes, 40 seconds.
Amanda Grengs posted an SMSU-best 25:52 to earn 177th place.
On Friday, both teams will compete in the South Dakota State Classic in Brookings, S.D.
I would like to wish all of our teams the best of luck this weekend!
No one provided the correct answer to last week's Mustang Hoofprint's trivia question: What SMSU Volleyball player holds the record for career service aces?
The answer is Mary Alice Studer (1993-96) had 252 career service aces as a Mustang.
NOTE: Chris Hmielewski is the athletics director at Southwest Minnesota State University. His column 'Mustang Hoofprints' appears in The Marshall Independent each week throughout the school year.