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Mustang Hoofprints: Oct. 4

October 4, 2012
By Chris Hmielewski , Southwest Minnesota State University

Hello Mustang fans!

It is homecoming week at SMSU, featuring the theme "Mustangs for Life!" The SMSU Athletics Department will host the Mustang Stampede on Saturday, 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!

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.

Fact Box


How many NSIC?conference championships has the SMSU women's golf team won over it's 16-year history?

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

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

5 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.

On Saturday beginning at 2 p.m. in the R/A Facility parking lot, there will plenty of homecoming activities for families to take part in. We will have great food served by Hy-Vee, featuring a pork chop on a stick, beverages and ice cream. Bring your family out to SMSU and enjoy all the homecoming festivities surrounding Mustang volleyball at 3 p.m. and football at 5 p.m.

The SMSU Department of Athletics will host the seventh annual "Celebration of Excellence" on Sunday 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 (5-4 overall, 3-4 Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference) will go on the road for a pair of tough NSIC matchups against Winona State on Saturday and Upper Iowa on Sunday.

The SMSU football team (1-4 overall, 1-4 NSIC) football team returns home on Saturday to face Wayne State College (4-1, 4-1 NSIC) at Mattke Field at the Regional Event Center. The SMSU homecoming game is set to kick off at 5 p.m. The Mustangs are coming off a 41-22 road loss to Sioux Falls last Saturday.

The SMSU volleyball team (14-1 overall, 6-1 NSIC) earned the No. 2 ranking in the American Volleyball Coaches' Association Top 25 Coaches' Poll again this week. No. 2 SMSU will return to the PE Gym this weekend for homecoming as the Mustansg host Upper Iowa on Friday at 7 p.m. and Winona State on Saturday at 3 p.m.

The Mustang women's golf team will conclude its 2012 fall season Saturday and Sunday at the 13-team NSIC Fall Championships at The Classic at Madden's in Brainerd.

The first two rounds of the 72-hole conference championship take place this weekend. The event will conclude with the final two rounds on April 20-21, 2013, at Dakota Ridge Golf Club in Morton.

The SMSU women's and men's cross country teams continue action this Saturday at Caty's Run, hosted by Minnesota State-Mankato at Land of Memories Park in Mankato. The race is held each year in honor of former MSU-Mankato runner Caty Delwiche.

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

Go Mustangs!

g Congratulations to Lisa VanVickle, who provided the correct answer to last week's Mustang Hoofprints Question: Who were the only two SMSU women's cross country runners to earn all-conference honors for the Mustangs? Julie Bayer (1987 and 1988) and Karla Kolln (1986) were all-conference runners for the Mustangs.



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