Mustang teams well represented in CIS top 10

Track and field, volleyball and hockey all nationally ranked

Tuesday, April 7th, 2009

Mustangs hockey, volleyball, track and field, and basketball

Women’s Volleyball - CIS Rank: #9

  1. Montreal (17-0)
  2. Alberta (12-2)
  3. Brandon (9-3)
  4. Calgary (9-3)
  5. Manitoba (9-5)
  6. Trinity Western (7-5)
  7. UBC (7-5)
  8. Laval (12-5)
  9. Western (11-1)
  10. Regina (7-7)

With a record of 11-1 in OUA play, those who are familiar with this team’s accomplishments must be scratching their heads at its ninth place ranking.

This young team is composed of 12 underclassmen and has lost a meagre 11 sets through 12 regular season games.

Junior middle hitter Sara Farrell currently leads the team with 107 kills and 149 points while sophomore middle hitter Sarah Johnston is right behind her with 97 kills and 145 points.

The highlight of the season thus far has been the team’s bronze medal finish at the Innisbrook Invitational tournament held in Clearwater, Florida. While competing in Florida the Mustangs defeated the third ranked Calgary Dinos and the 10th ranked McGill Redmen.

Men’s Hockey - CIS Rank: #10

  1. Alberta (13-2-1)
  2. UQTR (16-1-1)
  3. UNB (11-2-2)
  4. Saskatchewan (12-5-1)
  5. Lakehead (13-3-2)
  6. Wilfrid Laurier (15-2-1)
  7. Saint Mary’s (12-6)
  8. Lethbridge (12-6)
  9. StFX (10-5-2)
  10. Western (13-5-1)

Following a sub-par start to the season that saw the men sitting in the Far West division basement in late November, the team has come back from the winter break with the fire it was lacking in the first half of the season.

A lack of familiarity was cited by players and coaches as the primary reason for the team’s disappointing start to the season; a fact that isn’t surprising for a team with 13 rookies on its roster.

Currently on an eight-game winning streak, the Mustangs have climbed to third in their division and sit only four points back of first place Lakehead.

Veteran forward Sal Peralta currently leads the team in scoring with eight goals and 14 assists through 22 games.

Men’s Basketball - CIS Rank: #7

  1. Carleton (9-1)
  2. Ottawa (9-1)
  3. UBC (13-2)
  4. Calgary (12-2)
  5. StFX (7-1)
  6. Concordia (4-2)
  7. Western (8-2)
  8. Windsor (6-4)
  9. Dalhousie (6-2)
  10. Victoria (10-5)

After an uncharacteristic loss to the Ryerson Rams put the Mustangs at a 1-2 record out of the gate, the defending Ontario University Athletics West division champions quickly regained last season’s form, winning their next seven games.

After a strong showing in last year’s CIS final four tournament, the team hopes to earn its way back to Ottawa this March to pick up where it left off last year, being eliminated by the eventual champions " the Brock Badgers.

The return of Keenan Jeppesen, a former NCAA player, combined with the standout performance of forward Brad Smith has sparked this team, which is enjoying its greatest success at this point of the season in years.

Women’s Track and Field - CIS Rank: #2

  1. Guelph
  2. Western
  3. Saskatchewan

Men’s Track and Field " CIS Rank: #7

  1. Manitoba
  2. York
  3. Guelph
  4. Western

A strong showing at the Western Invitational meet in late November of last year helped vault the men’s and women’s track and field teams to seventh and second place in the CIS, respectively. The women finished with nine gold medals, five silvers and eight bronze while the men brought home six gold, five silver and four bronze medals.

Cara Marcantonio set a meet record in women’s weight throw with a toss of 14.12 metres while Sarah McIntosh finished second with a throw of 13.87 metres, a distance that also bettered the previous record.

Leading the men individually was co-captain Eme Ukwuoma, who won the 200-metre race and finished second in the 60-metre.

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