HOBBS, N.M. -- The University of the Southwest has officially announced that the Mustang Athletic Program has received approval to move forward with the addition of six new NAIA intercollegiate athletic teams. The new athletic teams, which will be eligible for NAIA participation beginning with the 2015-16 academic year are Men's Cross Country, Women's Cross Country, Men's Track & Field, Women's Track & Field, Men's Golf and Women's Golf.
"This is a great day for USW and our Mustang Athletic Program," stated Vice President for Advancement and Director of Athletics William Weidner. "With the addition of these six intercollegiate athletic teams, our athletic program will now officially sponsor 15 NAIA teams and have representation in every sport that the Red River Athletic Conference currently offers."
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Six RRAC basketball student-athletes merited NAIA Scholar-Athlete recognition with the announcement of the 2015 Daktronics NAIA Division I Basketball Teams. Anitria Flowers (Southwest), Rebekah Douglas (St. Thomas), Maghen Lormand (St. Thomas), Kahalia Theus (Texas College), and Tarneshia Burns (Texas College) earned the honor on the women's team, and Sebastian Opon of Texas College was named a men's basketball scholar-athlete.
WACO, Texas – Veronika Vasquez of the University of Texas-Brownsville was selected as the Red River Athletic Conference Women's Golfer of the Week for March 16-22, while Christopher Schriedel of Our Lady of the Lake University (Texas) was named the RRAC Men's Golfer of the Week for the same dates. This is the fifth set of awards for the 2015 golf season.
Vasquez finished fifth in a field of 36 individuals at the Sugar Tree Invitational in Weatherford, Texas, last week. The senior from Brownsville, Texas, used the rain-soaked course at Sugar Tree Golf Club to her advantage with rounds of 77 and 79 for a two-round total of 156. The course is one of the more difficult on the college tour with yardage of 6,004. UTB placed fifth in the team competition against seven teams.