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The Mustang men's cross country team gathered 332 points to place sixth in the preseason rankings. The women followed up with 239 points to be picked 13th in the Lone Star Conference preseason poll as voted on by coaches and league representatives.
West Texas took home 32 of 38 first place votes to take the top spot on the men's side, while newcomer Dallas Baptist was picked to finish first on the women's side with 34 of 41 first place votes.
One of the biggest complaints Mustang football fans have had for several years has been the unbearable heat at home games. The southern facing aluminum bleachers catch the mid-day sun and increase the temperature significantly. Several solutions, such as misting fans, have been tried with limited success.
Now, after years of trying, WNMU has put lights at Altamirano Field giving Western the chance to schedule night games. It's been a long time coming and the move from the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference, which mandated noon or 1:00 kick off times, to the Lone Star Conference finally gave Western a chance to schedule night games.
September 7 will mark the official start of season two in the Frank Tristan era although one can argue last year should not count against Coach Tristan. This will be the first year that Coach Tristan has had the ability to recruit and spend a full offseason with his players after being hired in the Spring of 2018.
WNMU has been tabbed to finish last in the Lone Star Conference pre-season polls following a winless season last year, which is not surprising to Tristan. Although the team was competitive in one of the toughest leagues in the NCAA, not getting a win and not knowing how WNMU has recruited this offseason doesn’t give much for others to analyze. That’s how Coach likes it; the less they know about us the easier it will be to get on top of teams early.
Head Coach Holly Watts and the Mustang Volleyball team were picked to finish 15th this season in the Lone Star Conference Preseason Poll as voted on by coaches and representatives across the league.
Defending conference champions and NCAA quarterfinalists Tarleton racked up 39 first place votes (802 total) to take the top spot to begin the season. Tournament champions, A&M- Commerce came in second with 755 points, followed by Angelo State (717), each with two-first place nods, and West Texas A&M (628) rounded out the top four spots.
Head Women's Basketball Coach Lauren Unger announces the addition of Josh Pace to the coaching staff as the Associate Women's Basketball Coach.Josh Pace joins the Mustang women's basketball coaching staff for the 2019-20 season after four seasons as an assistant coach for the Pepperdine Women's Basketball team.
Pace won an NCAA championship as a player at Syracuse in 2003 under head coach Jim Boeheim and played professionally both abroad and in the U.S. for 10 years.
Former WNMU golfer Calum Hill won for the 2nd time in the last 3 weeks on the European Challenge Tour. The win moves the former Mustang into 2nd place on the season long tour ranking list.
Hill made a critical up and down save of par on the final hole of the Made in Denmark Challenge presented by FREJA. Hill started the final round in a 5-way tie for the lead but quickly took control with birdies on the first two holes of play. Calum fired a -5 par 67 in the final round for a 1 stroke win. Hill fired rounds of 67-68-64 to end the tournament at -22.
Head Softball Coach Elsa Cocker and the Mustang Softball team are set to host two camps this upcoming fall.
A prospect camp is scheduled for September 14th from 9 – 4 p.m. at the WNMU Softball field for 9- 12th graders for a fee of $60.00.
The following day, September 15th, 3rd -8th graders will get their chance to sharpen their skills at the Lil' Mustangs Camp from 9- 1 p.m. at $35.00.
Western New Mexico Women's Basketball Coach Lauren Unger announces the addition of John Sanchez to her coaching staff for the 2019-20 season.
Sanchez comes to Silver City after stints at AAU program, Basketball 2 the Limit, and two seasons as an assistant on the nationally ranked MIT staff. During the 17-18 season, MIT finished with a record of 25-6 and advanced all the way to the Elite 8, only losing to Ramapo in the final seconds. Sanchez helped the Engineers to a 23-5 record in 2018-19, and a second round appearance in the NCAA Tournament. While at MIT, he was responsible for individually working with players, recruiting, assisting with in game preparation and video scouting, and assistance in budgeting and expense reports.
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