Midterm Report: Building Champions

How are the less heralded sports faring this fall in Aggieland? Aggie Websider's Taylor Freeman takes a look at how other Aggie sports are shaping up this fall.

Football may be the only sport watched in the fall for Texas A&M, but it is far from the only sport played. With Bill Byrne's quest to build champions at our great school yet to pay dividends on Kyle Field, lets take a look at how some other sports are fairing halfway through the fall semester.

Last Result: Win over SMU 8-2
Season Record: 3-0
Building Champions Grade: A

The Aggie equestrian team continued its dominance on Friday with an impressive win over SMU. Sophomore Brooke Coleman won the MVP award for the fences squad, while junior Christina Heine won the MVP award for the flats.

The Aggies are 1-0 against Big 12 teams so far, edging Kansas State 10-9 two weeks ago. The team will now prepare to take on rival Oklahoma State in Stillwater for the next event, and are looking to avenge last years 17-9 loss to the Cowboys, which was the first of the year for the team in 2007.

Men's Golf
Last Result: 13th place finish at Toledo PING Preview
Season Results: 13th in lone tournament
Building Champions Grade: B

The Aggie golf crew proved pre-season rankings may have a little merit, as the #13th ranked golf squad in the nation shot a 43 over to land 13th place in the tournament. Senior Bronson Burgoon lead all Aggies during the event by shooting a one over par.

While ranked 13th in the nation, the Aggies have some work to do if they intend to capture the Big 12 Championship. Oklahoma State started ranked #3 in the nation, but cruised to an easy victory at Toledo, capturing first place by an amazing 16 strokes.

Women's Golf
Last Result: 6th place finish at Tar Heel Invitational
Season Results: 6th place in lone tournament
Building Champions Grade: B-

For the women, they also started their 2008 season away from the state of Texas by finishing 6th place in the 18 team invitational in North Carolina. The Aggies shot 16 over par, and were led by Sarah Zwartynski's seven over 223.

The Lady Ags were the lone Big 12 team to make the tournament, but should face touch competition from the Big 12 squads. The Aggies were ranked 18th nationally in the golf preseason poll.

Last Result: Loss to Missouri 0-3
Season Record: 14-3-1
Building Champions Grade: B+

The Aggie soccer team stumbled for the second game straight on Sunday, losing to 20th ranked Missouri at home in the Aggie Soccer Stadium. The team had not lost a home game since getting edged out by the #2 ranked Tar Heels 3-2 in August.

For A&M to win another Big 12 championship they will need to correct their present skid in a hurry, as they face Texas Tech in Lubbock next followed by a road trip to Colorado two days later. With this loss the Aggies fall to second in the Big 12 standings behind the buffaloes, meaning their game next week could be played for the conference title.

Cross Country
Last Result: Men's 1st / Women's 7th
Season Results (Men): 2nd, 1st, 3rd, 1st
Season Results (Women): 2nd, 5th, 20th, 7th
Building Champions Grade: A-

While the A&M track team entered the last event as the highest ranked team in the field, it still had to deal with the home team razorbacks, who were ranked #27 in the nation and had won the event three out of the past four years. The Aggie men's team cruised to victory, and captured their second first place event of this short season.

The women struggled on this 6,000 meter course against stiffer competition. NCAA champion Sally Kipyego led Texas Tech to a first place finish, and Christina Munoz led the Aggie women with an 11th place overall finish. Currently, the Aggie men are ranked #20 in the nation.

Last Result: Loss to Baylor 1-3
Season Record: 9-10
Building Champions Grade: C-

In a down year for Texas A&M volleyball, the Aggies fell to Baylor in four hard fought sets on Friday. This loss puts them at 4-5 in the Big 12. Coach Laurie Corbelli's team entered this season with high hopes after last year's 20-10 effort, but so far has been unable to sustain momentum on the year.

A&M will have a tough draw for the end of the first half of Big 12 play on Wednesday, as they take on undefeated Nebraska who is ranked #2 in the nation. The match will be played in Lincoln, Nebraska at Nebraska Coliseum.

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