MSU: #13 Cross Country Takes Meet From WT

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.

Cross Country Slipped to #13 This Week

Before their dual meet with WT, Midwestern State slipped one spot to No. 13 in the latest United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches' Association NCAA Division II rankings released Wednesday afternoon.
The Mustangs claimed the season opening MSU Cross Country Stampede team title and placed second at the Cameron Aggie Showdown despite resting many of their top runners.
Freshman Michelle Krezonoski claimed top individual honors at the 4K MSU Cross Country Stampede, while senior captain Brissia Montalvo was top medalist at the 5K Cameron Aggie Showdown.
The team was slated to compete in the 5K Missouri Southern Stampede last Saturday in Joplin, but the event was canceled due to lightning.
MSU is one of four teams from the South Central Region to receive mention in the poll joining No. 16 Missouri Southern, No. 18 Truman (Mo.) and No. 23 Pittsburg State (Kan.).

Mens Soccer: Eligwe LSC Offensive Player of the Week

Midwestern State's VcMor Eligwe gained Lone Star Conference Offensive Player of the Week honors Wednesday when the league announced its weekly awards.

The sophomore from McKinney tallied two goals to help the Mustangs to a 2-0 win over St. Edward's Sunday afternoon in Austin. It was second career multiple-goal game.

Eligwe scored each of his goals in the second half as the Mustangs rebounded from their first loss in 36 regular-season matches Friday at Incarnate Word.

He scored his first goal of the season on a cross from David Freeland in the 75th minute, then collected a clearing pass to score on a breakaway in the 86th minute in the win over the Hilltoppers.

Incarnate Word goalkeeper Chris Fidler earned top defensive honors after notching shutout wins over MSU and Texas-Permian Basin.

Midwestern State completes a five-match road stretch by taking on Texas-Permian Basin Friday night at the UTPB Soccer Complex. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.