Back in 1982, a gallon of gas was 91 cents, USA Today and The Weather Channel were both new to the country and “E.T.” played in theaters. It was also the last time WVU had a golf team. It’s been a while — and a lot has changed — but golf is back at the University. Under head coach Sean Covich, the Mountaineers competed in their first tournament in September and finished 10th at the Tiger Turning Stone Intercollegiate. After a break for winter, the team will head out once again for a spring schedule that sees it travel to Florida, Mississippi, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee and Texas. You can follow along on Twitter @WVU_Golf.
Before most students wake up, the West Virginia University rowing team is busy with practice out on the Monongahela River. If you wake up early enough, you’ll be able to see the boats churning through the sun-soaked water under the Westover Bridge and back again.
The Mountaineers have been running the ball a lot lately, so it’s a good thing we’ve got junior running back Wendell Smallwood. Mid-season he was one of the Big 12’s leading rushers with 258 yards in the Maryland and Oklahoma games alone. Earlier this season, Smallwood was second in the Big 12 for rushing yards with an average of 110.5 yards per game. This summer, ESPN said Smallwood “could end up being the best of the bunch”
of WVU’s long line of offensive playmakers.
The Class of 2019 experienced a new welcome to the University in August, as we’ve re-developed it from what you may remember. We held a new event called Saturday Night Lights at Milan Puskar Stadium, in which freshmen and new transfer and graduate students were able to walk on Mountaineer Field. There they learned some of our most recognizable cheers and traditions before being treated to a fireworks show. Members of the Class of 2019 also took their very first class photo in the shape of the state of West Virginia, a new idea we hope will turn into a fun tradition. This wasn’t the only new event during Welcome Week. Students got to roll in human-sized bubbles known as zorbs and take part in other fun activities as part of the Mountaineer Midway.
The cross country team is racing toward the November NCAA championship with a No. 12 ranking early in the season. You can also catch team members running in the crisp fall air along Morgantown’s rail trails, like senior Kelly Williams.
Not very often do you get to root for a Mountaineer on the world’s stage. It’s even more rare to have two to cheer on, but that was the case over the summer at the Women’s World Cup. WVU soccer stars Kadeisha Buchanan and Ashley Lawrence were key starters of Team Canada, the home team in the tournament. While the Canadian team lost in the quarterfinals to England, Lawrence was able to net a World Cup goal, and Buchanan was named the world’s top young player at the tournament. “I am so unbelievably proud of her, because she had a tremendous World Cup,” said WVU head coach Nikki Izzo-Brown. “This honor speaks to all her hard work, passion and commitment to the game.” Now, Buchanan and Lawrence — both juniors — are back in the gold and blue as Mountaineers.
It’s already looking like a great year for women’s soccer as Izzo-Brown heads into her 20th year as head coach of the program she
grew from its infancy. The team held a No. 3 ranking in the TopDrawerSoccer.com Top 25 Poll, the program’s highest ranking in any poll.
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