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Mustang Hoofprints: Sept. 27

September 27, 2012
By Chris Hmielewski , Southwest Minnesota State University

Hello Mustang fans!

We are one week away from 2012 Homecoming at SMSU, featuring the theme "Mustangs for Life" on October 5-6. The SMSU Athletics Department will host the Mustang Stampede on Saturday, Oct. 6, featuring a number of programs beginning at 9 a.m. at the Regional Event Center. Here is more information about the Mustang Stampede:

How the Mustang Stampede Works

The Mustang Stampede is for everyone! In addition to the 5K walk/run, we are adding a 10K run for those seeking more of a challenge. Women, men, students and families are all encouraged to participate. Strollers are welcome, kids 12 and under are free!

The event is based on a team concept. A team captain is responsible for recruiting as many members as possible. Individual registration and donations will be applied to the team's fundraising total.

Individuals not associated with a team may also walk or run in the 5K. See individual registration information for the benefits received at each level.

Fact Box

Who were the only two SMSU women's cross country runners to earn all-conference honors for the Mustangs?

The first person to email me at with the correct answer to this question will receive an SMSU t-shirt.

Marshall Area Business Challenge

SMSU is challenging local businesses to encourage their employees to get active! A prize will be awarded to the business team with the highest fundraising total, which includes any registrations, donations and company matching gifts.

Kids Run & Fun Zone

Before the stampede begins, there will be a free fun run for the kids ages 12 and under. During the stampede, there will be a fun zone set up for the kids to hang out with their favorite Mustang players.

2012 Mustang Stampede Schedule of Events

8-9 a.m. -Registration and final check-in

8:55 a.m. - Kids Fun Run

9 a.m. - 5K/10K begins (shirts and refreshments are available after the race)

11 a.m. - Homecoming parade

2 p.m. - Homecoming tailgate: Family Fun (pony rides, inflatables, clowns, food, beverage garden and live music)

3 p.m. - Mustang volleyball vs. Winona State

6 p.m. -Mustang football vs. Wayne State College

9:30 p.m. - Dueling Pianos (at the Landmark Bistro, downtown Marshall)

In case of inclement weather, the Mustang Stampede will be held at the R/A Facility.

The SMSU Department of Athletics will host the seventh annual "Celebration of Excellence" on Sunday, Oct. 7, beginning at 1 p.m. in the upper level of the SMSU Conference Center. The event will honor student-athletes and teams from the 2011-12 academic year.

Derek Klinkner, a former football player and wheelchair basketball player, will be this year's senior student-athlete speaker. The event, which is free and open to the public, includes snacks and beverages. The social begins at 1 p.m., followed by the ceremony starting at 1:30 p.m. The event concludes 2012 Homecoming weekend at SMSU. To reserve tickets for the event, please call 507-537-7271.

For all the information on the 2012 Homecoming festivities, the Mustang Stampede, Celebration of Excellence and SMSU Athletics, please go to

This Week in Mustang Athletics:

This weekend, the SMSU soccer team (4-3 overall, 2-3 NSIC) will return home to take on Minnesota-Crookston and Bemidji State Saturday and Sunday at the Regional Event Center in Marshall, with both games beginning at 1 p.m. The Mustangs went 1-1 on their road trip last weekend losing 1-0 to Minnesota-Duluth on Saturday before winning at St. Cloud State in another tight game, 1-0, on Sunday. SMSU is currently in ninth place in the NSIC?standings heading into the weekend.

The SMSU football team (1-3, 1-3 NSIC) concludes a two-game road swing this Saturday, as the Mustangs head to Sioux Falls to battle the No. 25-ranked University of Sioux Falls (4-0 overall, 4-0 NSIC) at Bob Young Field in Sioux Falls, S.D. It will be the first-ever meeting between the two schools as members of the NSIC and also marks the first NSIC South Division game of the season for both teams. This game will be televised regionally on NBC affiliate KDLT-TV out of Sioux Falls. The Mustangs are coming off a tough loss last week on the road at Minnesota-Crookston, 33-28.

The No. 2 SMSU volleyball team (12-1 overall, 4-1 NSIC) recorded its 800th all-time win in school history on Tuesday evening, earning a hard-fought victory over the Augustana Vikings in straight sets with wins of 27-25, 25-16, 31-29. SMSU was led by Mary Groth, as she recorded 13 kills, while Abbey Thissen followed with 11. In the third and final set, Groth recorded her 1,400th career kill to pass Megan Wendorff for fourth all time.

Mustang volleyball is back in action Friday and Saturday, as SMSU will travel to take on Northern State and Minnesota State-Moorhead in two NSIC matches. Friday's match is set for 7 p.m., while Saturday's is set for 3 p.m. SMSU is currently in a five-way tie for second place in the NSIC with Minnesota-Duluth, Concordia-St. Paul, Wayne State and Minnesota State-Mankato.

The Mustang women's golf team hosted the 15th annual Mustang Invitational this past Saturday and Sunday at Marshall Golf Club. Emily Kvidera tied a Mustang Invite record with a 2-under-par 70 in Sunday's final round and carded a two-day, 2-over 146 to earn medalist honors and help Augustana College earn the team title.

First-place Augustana posted a score of 624, winning the title by 22 shots over second place Concordia-St. Paul (646). Minnesota State finished in third place (648), followed by Wisconsin-Eau Claire (656) in fourth, and Southwest Minnesota State (658) and Northwest Missouri State (658) each tying for fifth place.

Marissa Campeau led all Mustang golfers this weekend shooting a 17-over 161, tying for 11th place overall. Krista Weiszhaar shot the team's lowest round on Sunday with a 5-over 77, to finish 19-over for the tournament and tied for 18th.

The Mustangs will conclude their fall season next weekend as they compete in the NSIC Fall Championships Oct. 6-7 at The Classic at Madden's in Brainerd.

The SMSU women's and men's cross country teams resume action this Friday at the Gale Woods Invitational in Minnetrista, hosted by Crown College. The women's 6,000-meter race begins at 4 p.m., followed by the men's 8,000-meter race at 4:45 p.m.

Both SMSU squads opened the season on Sept. 14 at the South Dakota State Classic with the women's team finishing in eighth place, while the men's team finished in seventh place.

I would like to wish all of our teams the best of luck this season!

Go Mustangs!

- Congratulations to Rick Haberman, who provided the correct answer to last week's Mustang Hoofprints Question: What SMSU volleyball player has played in the most career matches for the Mustangs? Heather Hindt leads all Mustang volleyball players, having played in 171 career matches.



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