Spartans start an exciting athletic season

Cross Country Team Celebrates

Members of the men's and women's cross teams celebrate after the 2012 Spartan Classic at Oakhurst Forest Preserve in Aurora. Both teams had an all-time best finish at the meet.

Two weeks into the fall season, the Spartan athletic teams are demonstrating that practice and dedication are yielding impressive results.  “We are off to a great start to our fall athletic season,” said Interim Director of Athletics, Shaun Neitzel. ” The hard work our student-athletes and coaches have put in during the off-season is evident, and we look forward to building on the early momentum.”

The Spartan women’s tennis team  had an impressive win against Mount Mary College finishing 9-0. The women contended for another win against Alverno College finishing 8-1. The women Spartans now stand at 2-1 in their season after losing to Marian University 6-3.

Women’s soccer had a close win of 2-1 at their first home game of the season, playing against Carthage College. The women also played at home against Carroll University and won 4-1. The Spartans are now 4-0 in their season after last weekend’s exciting win against rival University of Chicago, which for several years has been a contender in the national championships.

The Spartan men’s soccer team followed up with the women’s win on Vago Field finishing 3-2 against Lake Forest College. The men traveled to Cornell University and had a victory of 10-1. The Spartans are now 2-2 in their season after losing 1-2 to both Hope College and Calvin College.

The men’s and women’s cross country teams traveled to Elmhurst College where the men’s team placed 10th out of 18 teams, and the women placed 13th out of 16 teams. The teams competed again in a relay race hosted by Wabash College in Crawfordsville, IN. Last Friday, the men and women Spartans hosted the Spartan Classic where both teams had an all-time best finish at the meet. The men’s team finished 4th out of 17, and the women’s team took 2nd out of 13. Out of a heat of more than 200 runners, six men finished in the top 50, and six women finished in the top 26.

The Spartan football team traveled to Illinois Wesleyan University to be defeated 49-13.

To begin their season, the women’s volleyball team played against Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology on Saturday in Thornton Gymnasium, and fell 3-0 (16-25, 23-25, 21-25). Following the tournament against Rose-Hulman, the women Spartans redeemed their loss, winning 3-0 (25-18, 25-22, 25-18) against Mac Murray College. The women are now 2-7 in their season.

On Tuesday, the Spartan men’s and women’s golf teams hosted the Aurora University Invitational at Blackberry Oaks Golf Course in Bristol, IL. The men’s team finished 4th out of seven teams with a score of 632. The women’s team finished 9th out of 10 teams with a score of 479.

Neitzel added that new campus amenities are a welcome addition to the Athletics Department. “Our student-athletes are excited about the upgrade of our new weight room,” he said. “It should certainly elevate the overall development of our student-athletes, which in return will bring success on the playing field.  Excitement is in the air this fall. It’s a great time to be a Spartan!”