MUSTANG HOOFPRINTS: Graduation is Saturday

Hello Mustang Fans!

Finals at Southwest Minnesota State University are winding down and the spring semester is coming to a close this week.

The SMSU Commencement Ceremony will take place at 10 a.m. Saturday in the R/A Facility for our graduates and their family and friends. It is always a wonderful event that showcases the campus community and the hard work of our faculty, staff and most importantly, our students. I would like to wish all of our graduates the best of luck as they enter the professional world or look to continue their education at the graduate level.

SMSU booster club membership drive

The next Mustang Booster Club Membership Drive event will be a social and informational session at 5:30 p.m. May 20 at the Schwan Regional Event Center. We will be serving appetizers and beverages at the social for all who attend.

This is an opportunity for our current members to renew their booster club membership for the 2014-15 athletic year.

You will be able to ask questions about additional opportunities within the booster club levels and interact with our head and assistant coaches, staff members and Mustang Booster Club Board members.

For those of you who are looking to become Mustang Booster Club Members for the first time, you will have the opportunity to sit down and talk through the booster club levels with a representative from the membership drive committee, board of directors and/or an athletic staff member.

We look forward to seeing you at the Mustang Booster Club Membership Drive Social.

Drown SMSU Golf Classic

Save the date!

The 29th annual David and Carol Drown SMSU Golf Classic will be held June 20 at the Marshall Golf Club.

The Golf Classic is the next Mustang Booster Club fund-raising event, and the Golf Classic Committee will be convening in the next couple of weeks to begin the planning for this great event.

Download app to follow Mustangs

The Southwest Minnesota State University Department of Athletics and sponsors, Aramark, Hy-Vee and Pepsi, are excited to announce a new way for fans to interact with the Mustangs on their mobile devices.

The Mustang app, which is now available for download, will not only allow you to keep updated with SMSU athletics, but will also allow you to earn rewards for attending Mustang events and receive great offers from Aramark Dining Services, Hy-Vee, and Pepsi.

The app, which is compatible with Apple devices and Android-based platforms, can be downloaded by searching, “Mustang app” in the Apple App Store, Google Play Store or any other app stores.

Another way you can download the Mustang app is to follow these instructions: Step 1, text Mustangs to 80802; Step 2, click the link in the text message you received; Step 3, download it from Application Store; Step 4, register for the application; Step 5, start earning rewards.

Online

For all your information on SMSU athletics, visit our website: www.smsumustangs.com.

Upcoming SMSU athletic events

Baseball

The SMSU Baseball team (27-21, 17-14 NSIC) went 3-1 last weekend in the last NSIC games of the regular season to earn their way into the NSIC tournament, featuring the top eight teams in the conference.

Results of the Mustangs games in the NSIC tournament can be found on Page 1B.

Congratulations goes out to two SMSU players as the NSIC announced this week that Mustang junior designated hitter Patrick Rients has been named first team All-NSIC and the NSIC Newcomer of the Year, while SMSU senior outfielder Jon Ellis was named second team All-NSIC.

Also this week, Jordon Kontz was named NSIC Player of the Week for his performance during a week where the Mustangs went 5-1 earning them a spot in the NSIC tournament.

Track and Field

The SMSU men’s and women’s track and field team performed well at the annual Howard Wood Relays in Sioux Falls, S.D., on Friday and Saturday.

Dallin Finley earned a third place finish in the 100-meter dash, crossing the line with a time of 10.86 seconds, while Anthony Dean finished fourth in the triple jump with a mark of 13.58m. Chris Kveseth finished in 50.34 seconds to record a seventh-place finish in the 400 dash, while Alejandro Sanchez ended up seventh in the 800 run in 1:53.96. Ashanti Payne had a toss of 42.54m in the discus to earn an eighth-place finish. Ben Tonsager recorded a fifth place finish with a throw of 15.10m in the shot put The SMSU men’s 400 relay team finished seventh in 43.48 seconds, while the 1,600 relay team also finished seventh in 3:22.23.

Rylee Armstrong paced the Mustang women’s team with a fourth-place finish in the triple jump with a leap of 10.88m and finished sixth in the long jump at 4.90m. Samantha McNeel placed ninth in the 400 hurdles in 1:07.36

Both SMSU teams will be competing Friday and Saturday at the NSIC Championships in Winona, beginning their postseason competition and looking to earn their way to the NCAA Division II Championships in Allendale, Mich,, on May 22-23.

Good luck to all of our SMSU teams competing this weekend!

Go Mustangs!

Trivia Contest

Congratulations to Neil Kruse who provided the correct answer to last week’s Mustang Hoofprint’s Trivia Question: Who holds the record for the longest triple jump in SMSU men’s outdoor track and field?

In 1973, Rick Rischler set the career record for the triple jump with a mark of 44-11 1/2 for the Mustangs.

Trivia Question

Who was the last SMSU baseball player to earn the NSIC Newcomer of the Year?

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