No. 13 Midwestern State showed the rust of a long layoff Wednesday afternoon, but still overcame West Texas A&M in a dual meet at the former Hawk Ridge Golf Course.
"It's always tough to get pumped up for a dual," MSU coach Koby Styles said. "It's another way to get in a meet, but this wasn't our best day."
Many of the Mustangs hadn't seen competition since the season-opening MSU Stampede on September 1st.
Seven of MSU's top eight runners sat out of the Cameron Aggie Showdown in preparation for last weekend's Missouri Southern Stampede, which was canceled due to lightning.
"We've upped our distance this week and that showed today," Styles said. "Training is planned for a reason, but I still would have liked to have had a better showing."
MSU sophomore Ashley Flores claimed top individual honors, covering the 5K course in 19:06.3 as each of the teams' top eight runners counted in the duel.
Senior Brissia Montalvo clocked a 19:08 to finish second followed by sophomore Janel Campbell (19:27.1/5th), freshman Michelle Krezonoski (19:58.50/7th), freshman Kim Krezonoski (20:01.50/8th), senior Lindsey Pate (20:10.50/9th), freshman Sara Cuba (20:17.40/11) and junior Heather Owens (20:44.40/15th) to close out the Mustangs' scoring at 58 total points.
Junior Melody Caldwell (20:55.20), freshman Erin Willeford (23:48.70), freshman Erin Dombkowski (24:16.40) and freshman Ashley Mims (28:53.9) rounded out the MSU runners.
West Texas A&M counters included Elizabeth Beltran (19:09/3rd), Amber Moore (19:21.10/4th), Aries Bazaldua (19:31.80/6th), Emma Love (20:16.80/10th), Keisha Johnson (20:28.50/12th), Haley Sparks (20:36.60/13th), Brenda Sindet (20:39.50/14th) and Allie Reyna (21:08.40/17th) as the Lady Buffs amassed 79 total points.
Midwestern State competes in the Rogue Running/University of Texas Open on Friday, Sep. 30 in Austin.