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(Far) Away Games
The Falcon soccer team received some international exposure this summer with a nine-day trip to Sweden in August. They practiced four days and played games on Aug. 11 and 13.
“We took the trip to expand our knowledge of the game,” said Falcon Coach Sean McKuras. “We wanted to see how teams from other countries train and play. It was also a team builder and a great life experience.”
“We played a Malmo (Sweden) developmental team and a local club team and practiced with the Malmo club coaches as well,” said McKuras.
The team not only got in some soccer action, but also had some time to see the sites. They visited the towns of Lund and Skane and enjoyed the Malmo Festival. Seventeen players and coaches and 15-20 team family members made the trip.
“It was an amazing trip,” said Falcon senior Jennifer Pengra. “We were able to practice with some professional female players who will be members of Sweden’s national team that will compete in the 2008 Olympics. We watched the Malmo professional team play a game and we saw how they played at such a quick pace. That’s what we want to be able to do, too.”
It was a season to remember for the Falcon track & field teams, with national honors and awards filling the team’s trophy case in 2007.
Senior Jill Crandall led the way, showcasing her talents in several events. She was named the Women’s National Outdoor Field Athlete of the Year by the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association. That honor came after she won the NCAA national high jump championship and placed third in the heptathlon and earned All-American honors in both events. Crandall earned All-American honors five times in her career at UWRF.
Four other Falcons earned NCAA All-American recognition at the outdoor championships. Shannon Zweifel placed eighth in the 400 hurdles and earned the award for the second time in her career. Vicki Cooper placed seventh in the shot put to earned the award. Krista Hasselquist, who also earned All-American honors at the 2007 indoor meet, earned the award in the shot put with a third place finish. Clint Christy finished fourth in the decathlon to earn the honor.
The Falcon women placed third in the WIAC meet, their highest finish since the 1988 season. The Falcons finished with 25 team points at the NCAA meet and placed in a tie for ninth place in the final standings. The finish is the best team finish ever for the Falcons at the NCAA meet.
The Falcon men’s and women’s teams set 17 school records during the 2007 indoor and outdoor seasons.
You'll find all you want to know about your favorite Falcon teams on the Web at www.uwrf.edu/sports. Season previews, team schedules, the latest results, and stellar accomplishments. It's the next best thing to sitting in the stands. You can almost hear the cheering.
Hear the cheering, too!
Taking advantage of the latest in technology, we plan to bring you live Webcasts this fall and winter of all 10 Falcon football games and several men’s hockey and men’s and women’s basketball games. Windows Media Player will be the preferred software. To get close to the action right from your home or office, go to www.uwrf.edu/sports/wrfw-stream.php, find the link, and listen to all the action.
Even more for the Falcon Sports Junkie…
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