Fall Sports Midseason Update

TIU Athletics

One month into the 2013–14 school year, Trinity International University Athletics’ fall sports have already experienced dramatic finishes, exciting victories, heart-breaking losses and, for the TIU Football program, the best start since 2004. TIU quarterback Stephen Anderson and running back Chris Elliott continue to leave their mark on this team, both winning NCCAA Player of the Week awards and leading the Trojans to a key victory against a nationally ranked St. Francis (Ill.) team. Led by Head Coach Kirk Wherritt, the Trojans are displaying a promising chance of putting up their first winning season in nine years.

The men’s and women’s soccer teams, coached by Patrick Gilliam, concluded their non-conference season on a road trip to Nashville, Tenn., and are now a couple games into the CCAC schedule. The women’s team is off to another impressive start as they drew a tie from No. 19 Judson University and took care of business against new conference member Purdue University-Calumet, defeating them 5-0. Forward Sam Yasatan has helped lead the Trojans to their 5-2-1 record (1-0-1 in the CCAC) with eight goals entering homecoming week. The men’s team can’t seem to find a win but have shown serious potential tying worthy opponents in Siena Heights and Purdue University-Calumet, and losing an overtime heart-breaker to NCAA Division II powerhouse Trevecca Nazarene University.

Trojan Volleyball is well under way in their season, and with a 2-12 start, coach Karen Hall knows that her team has some work to do. The 2-12 start does not accurately represent the potential of this team, as a young TIU volleyball program has been challenged entering tournaments with talented, experienced teams, and already facing some of the strongest teams in their conference such as Judson, Roosevelt, and Saint Xavier.

The TIU men’s and women’s cross country teams continue to improve as they approach the middle of their season. Both the men’s and women’s teams entered the Midwest Classic in Bourbonnais, Ill. Senior Dane Christiansen lead the men’s team to an 8th place standing out of 12 worthy opponents. Christiansen was honored as NCCAA Men’s Cross Country Athlete of the Week because of his solid performance. Men’s and women’s coach David Tingley knows that cross country is all about progress, and he is excited to see his teams continue to improve moving towards the CCAC Championships.

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