Falcons on track to record-setting year
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The Fanshawe Falcons won 15 medals in the fall season and are only five medals away from meeting the record set in the 2017-18 season for the most medals in one year.
The press release said that the Falcons won 20 medals in the 2017-18 season. Upon the completion of the 2018 fall season, Fanshawe saw an 88 per cent increase from the same time last season which puts them on the right track to surpassing the 20 medal record.
Nathan McFadden, Fanshawe’s manager of athletics, said that it is not a matter of meeting the 20 medals, but rather how far the Falcons can get over that mark.
“I would say it is probably as close to a guarantee as you could get at this point,” McFadden said. “We are really excited and at this point the sky is the limit.”
McFadden also said that this was the best fall season in the 52 years of the college and attributes the success to hard working players and coaches.
“We are extremely proud of our student athletes and how they have represented our college and our athletic department both on and off the playing surface,” McFadden said. “We are really proud and pleased to see them get rewarded for the amount of dedication and work they have clearly put into their chosen sports of choice.”
According to the Dec. 4 press release, the Falcons won six provincial championships and four national medals in the fall season. Additionally, the women’s cross country team won the Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) championship.
Ashley Vandervecht, head coach of the cross country team, said that all five women on the cross country team came into the season extremely focused and all had the same goals in mind.
“They worked incredibly hard and conquered each and every challenge together as a team,” Vandervecht said. “The five of them have developed friendships and created memories that will last a lifetime.”
Vandervecht also said that the men’s team worked hard to reach their goals despite some of the players battling injuries. The men’s team plans to continue striving towards success as a team next year.
“This year my team had a lot of new recruits and it was amazing to watch some of the veterans step up and guide the team to the right path for success,” Vandervecht said. “To watch them grow both individually and as a team throughout the season and have them come together like a big family and achieve their goals together is truly an honour to be a part of.”
The Dec. 4 press release provided a list of the 2018-19 medals won so far:
Women’s Cross Country Team – OCAA Provincial Gold, CCAA National Gold
Women’s Golf – Alyssa Stoddart – OCAA Provincial Gold, CCAA National Bronze (Fanshawe’s first CCAA Golf medal)
Women’s Soccer Team – OCAA Provincial Gold, CCAA National Bronze
Women’s Cross Country – Janelle Hanna – OCAA Individual Provincial Gold
Women’s Golf Team – OCAA Provincial Gold
Men’s Golf – Braydon White – OCAA Provincial Gold
Men’s Golf Team – OCAA Provincial Silver
Men’s Cross Country Team – OCAA Provincial Silver
Baseball – OCAA Provincial Bronze, National Bronze Medal
Men’s Soccer – OCAA Provincial Bronze
Softball – OCAA Provincial Bronze
“One of the things I am really proud of is that every one of our fall sports teams won at least one medal which just goes to show the overall strength of our program,” McFadden said. “Some colleges only excel in one particular sport and at Fanshawe we excel in everything we do. We are really the only one in the province who can make that claim.”