MSU Roundup: Cross-Country and Tennis

XC: Cole Reigns in 10K at Kansas Relays

Sydnee Cole concluded her Midwestern State career in style Thursday night at the Kansas Relays.

The Phillipsburg, Kan. native returned to her home state and won the 10,000-meter run at Memorial Stadium in dominating fashion.

"She took the lead in the first 100 meters and led from wire-to-wire," MSU coach Koby Styles said. "That was a gutsy move to get out and front and just dared people to come get here. I'd never seen that in such a big 10K. What a way to end her career at MSU."

Cole finished with a time of 36:58.06 to easily outdistance field of 21 runners as silver medalist Sara Meiners of Missouri-Kansas City finished 12 seconds behind with a time of 37:10.90.

The two-time USTFCCCA All-South Central Region performer helped the Mustangs to consecutive Lone Star Conference championships and to their second trip to the NCAA Division II Championships last fall.

The 2009 LSC Runner of the Year bettered her top 10K time of the spring by more than 80 seconds as she also set a McMurry Relays meet record with a time of 39:21.88 two weeks ago in Abilene.

MSU freshman Ashley Flores also delivered a sterling performance for MSU setting a personal record in the 5,000-meter run and breaking the 18-minute barrier with a time of 17:52.68 to finish sixth Thursday night at Memorial Stadium.

Teammate Janel Campbell placed 17th with a solid run of 18:39.11, while freshman Cara Mack placed 15th in the 1,500-meter run with a time of 4:59.94.

Midwestern State concludes its run at the Kansas Relays Friday with the 4x1-mile relay with Cole, Flores, Campbell and Mack set to compete at 6 p.m.

Tennis: Mustangs Hold No. 2 Seeds in LSC Tournaments

The Midwestern State Mustangs begin postseason play on Friday at the Lone Star Conference Tennis Championships at the Oklahoma City Tennis Center.
Both the men and the women enter the tournament as the number two seed for first-year coach Scott Linn, both behind top-seeded Abilene Christian.
The MSU Women (15-7, 6-2) open play against seventh-seeded Incarnate Word in the quarterfinals at 9:30 a.m. The winner meets the winner of the third-seeded Central Oklahoma and sixth-seeded Tarleton State match at 2 p.m. in the semifinals Friday.
On the other side of the bracket, ACU faces eighth-seeded Southeastern Oklahoma State and fourth-seeded Cameron meets fifth-seeded Northeastern State in the other 9:30 semifinals. Those winners will meet in semifinal action at 2 p.m. on Friday as well.
The Mustangs Men (14-5, 4-1) have a bye in the quarterfinals. They advance to the semifinals at 1 p.m. against the winner of Friday morning's match between No. 3 seed Cameron and No. 6 seed Southeastern Oklahoma State at 8 a.m.
No. 4 seed Incarnate Word takes on No. 5 seed East Central in quarterfinal play to see who advances to meet Abilene Christian in the other men's semifinal.
The championship games of both the men and women are Saturday morning at 9:30 a.m.

Women's Tennis: Van Rensburg and Odell-Michels on All-LSC Team

Midwestern State's Rozike van Rensburg led the way for the Mustangs honored as 2011 All-Lone Star Conference as the team was announced Thursday night by LSC officials.
 
Van Rensburg of Vanderbiolpark, South Africa, was named the Lone Star Conference Newcomer of the Year for her play this season.
 
She joined with junior Alex Odell-Michels of Toronto, Ontario, Canada, to be named to the All-LSC Team in both singles and doubles this season.
 
Junior Leah Roberts of Wrexham, Wales, and freshman Abbie Lewis of Wichita Falls, were selected as honorable mention All-LSC.
 
Van Rensburg and Odell-Michels are one of the top doubles teams in the country, ranked 11th nationally in the Campbell's/ITA Division II rankings. The duo sports a 14-5 record together.
 
Individually, van Rensburg has an 11-10 record in singles playing the Mustangs No. 1 positions, while Odell-Michels sports a 9-8 mark, mostly at No. 2.
 
Lewis and Roberts were the No. 2 doubles team for MSU, sporting a 14-6 record. Roberts also carried a 12-9 singles mark, while Lewis posted an 11-6 record. The two alternated between the No. 3 and 4 positions.
 
Along with van Rensburg in the LSC special awards were Player of the Year Julia Mongin of Abilene Christian and Freshman of the Year Alicia Perez of Tarleton State. Julia Puckhaber of Cameron and Elizabeta Abramovic of Central Oklahoma shared the Sportsmanship Player of the Year.
 
Hutton Jones of Abilene Christian was named the Coach of the Year.
 
The Lone Star Conference head coaches chose the team.

Men's Tennis: Stipanic and Urban Highlight All-LSC Team

Midwestern State senior Vjekoslav Stipanic and junior Mario Urban highlighted the list of Mustangs selected to the All-Lone Star Conference Men's Tennis Team released Thursday night by LSC officials.
 
Stipanic, a 6-3 right-hander from Tivat, Montenegro, was honored as the Academic Player of the Year, as well as earning all-conference honors in both singles and doubles, and a spot on the All-Academic team.
 
Urban, a 6-2 right-hander from Burgau, Germany, was named the LSC Newcomer of the Year as well as named to the All-LSC singles squad.
 
Sophomore Luke Joyce of Johannesburg, South Africa, was also named All-LSC in both singles and doubles.
 
Senior Chad Meeks of San Angelo and freshman Jarrod Liston of Albury, Australia were chosen as honorable mentions.
 
Senior Bo Zaputovic of Tivat, Montenegro was also honored on the LSC All-Academic Team with Stipanic.
 
The Academic Player of the Year is a repeat honor for Stipanic, who boasts a 10-6 record this season in singles playing in primarily at No. 1. He also teamed with Joyce to rank 37th nationally in doubles with a 13-5 record.
 
Stipanic also earned the same awards in 2010. The 2008 LSC Freshman of the Year has also been named to the All-Academic team three straight years.
 
Joyce has the best singles mark on the team in 2011. Playing mostly at No. 3, Joyce has a 14-3 record heading into the LSC Tournament on Friday.
 
Urban held the No. 2 spot for MSU this season where he posted a 9-3 record as a part of his 12-7 singles mark. He also carries a 15-4 doubles record this season.
 
Zaputovic was 12-4 for the Mustangs in singles this season, primarily playing No. 4, while collecting a 13-4 doubles mark.
 
Meeks and Liston paired as the Mustangs No. 3 doubles team, chalking up a 14-4 record.
 
Joining Urban among the conference's special award winners was LSC Player of the Year Hans Hach of Abilene Christian. The Sportsmanship Player of the Year was Andres Nunez of East Central, with the Freshman of the Year going to Santiago Romero of Cameron.
 
ACU's Hutton Jones was chosen the Coach of the Year.
 
The team is selected by the Lone Star Conference head coaches.