The Krezonoskis had just one wonder as they made the long journey from their hometown of Thunder Bay, Ontario down to Texas just a few short weeks ago.
"I really had a hard time seeing how people live here," freshman Michelle Krezonoski said. "As we drove down through Nebraska to Kansas to Oklahoma, it just keep getting hotter and hotter."
Michelle, her twin sister Kim and the rest of the No. 12-ranked Mustangs left the rest of the field in wonderment MSU missed a perfect score by a single point in claiming its first meet title of 2011.
The win was the team's fifth consecutive regular meet championship dating back to last season, but was just a new beginning to Krezonoski and the most recent edition of the Mustangs.
"We're all excited to make a run at nationals, but this is a great cobweb breaker," Krezonoski said. "It's nice to ease back into it and get used to cross country again."
MSU dominated the result sheet of the 4K event led by frosh Michelle Krezonoski with a winning time of 14:34 followed by sophomore Ashley Flores in second (14:37), sophomore Janel Campbell in third (14:39), freshman Kim Krezonoski in fourth (14:42) and freshman Sara Cuba in sixth (15:04).
"I told the team to think of this season as a story and how we can just keep making it better from here," MSU coach Koby Styles said. "I couldn't be any happier with our finish and having three freshman in the top six. If each week is like this, it will be a fun year."
Senior captain and MSU front runner Brissia Montalvo sat out the meet for disciplinary reasons or it might been a perfect, but it was close anyway.
East Central's Regina Germaine slid ahead in the final 100 meters of the court as the Tigers tied for second with Angelo State at 66 points, well behind MSU's 16-point pace.
East Central and Angelo State carried the No. 8 and 10 regional rankings into the meet.
Junior Heather Owens placed 13th with a time of 15:40 followed by Lindsey Pate at 17th (15:52), Melody Caldwell at 21st (16:03), freshman Erin Willeford at 41st (17:55), Erin Dombkowski at 42nd (18:13) and freshman Ashley Mims closed 44th (19:06).
East Central claimed the men's team title scoring 22 points to edge Texas A&M-Commerce (61) and Angelo State (61). Cameron's Hillary Kirwa claimed the individual title completing the 6K loop in 17:54.
Midwestern State competes in the 5K Cameron Invitational a week from Saturday in Lawton, Okla.
Girls Team Results
4. Rider 106 points
5. Iowa Park 122
6. Holliday 162
8. Burkburnett 202
9. Wichita Falls HS 243
9. Michelle Ingle, Rider - 13:14
Note: Rider's JV swept the top 5 spots for a perfect score.
Rider Boys Results: