Sports Shorts

Indoor track 

Both men’s and women’s indoor track and field teams opened their season on Friday, Dec. 1, as they battled in the Grand Valley State Early Bird event. Cody Stilwell set a new school record in weight throw with a 68-4.50. 

The new mark hit the NCAA Division II national provisional qualifying mark. The two teams won’t be back in action until Jan. 12, when they are set to compete in the Saginaw Valley State Classic.

Maloney on fire 

Senior forward Mitch Maloney earned Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA) offensive player of the month of November as Maloney scored nine goals, tying for tops in the nation. 

The month saw many stellar performances from Maloney, including a four-point night against Alabama-Huntsville that included a third period natural hat trick. Maloney leads the team with 12 goals and is tied with junior Corey Mackin for team lead in points with 15. 

The Bulldogs will look to Maloney to lead the way when they travel to play Michigan Tech both Friday and Saturday night. Both puck drops are set for 7:07 p.m. at MacInnes Student Ice Arena.

Women’s basketball finding success early 

The Bulldogs struggled in a 95-69 loss against Ashland on Saturday, Dec. 2, in front of a home crowd at Wink Arena but are sitting comfortably with a 6-2 record. The Bulldogs have already won one more game than their overall total from last year as the team finished 5-22 last season. 

Through their first eight games last year, the team was still winless with a 0-8 record. Though Saturday’s loss was a tough one, the team’s still going strong. The hot start has been led by the strong effort of senior Rachel McInerney who has averaged 16.3 points per game, while adding 9.8 rebounds a game.

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