MSU Roundup: Flores Named LSC Runner of the Week

Midwestern State's Ashley Flores earned Lone Star Conference Runner of the Week honors Thursday when the league announced its weekly awards.
The sophomore from Haltom City paced 12th-ranked Mustangs to a dual meet win over West Texas A&M Wednesday after at the former Hawk Ridge Golf Course.
Flores completed the 5K loop in 19:06.30 as MSU outdistanced the Lady Buffs 58-79.
She is the third different Midwestern runner to claim conference honors in the last three weeks joining teammates Michelle Krezonoski and Brissia Montalvo.
Krezonoski claimed a meet win in the season opening 4K MSU Stampede, while Montalvo was the top runner at the 5K Cameron Aggie Showdown.
Midwestern State competes in the Rogue Racing/University of Texas Open on Friday, Sep. 30 in Austin.

Football to Finally Play Home Opener vs #16 Kingsville

Midwestern State football will finally get to play on their home turf at Memorial Stadium this Saturday night as they host #16 Texas A&M-Kingsville in Lone Star Conference action.

September 24 is the latest MSU has ever played their first home game, eclipsing the previous record of September 18, last season.

The Mustangs will face a tough task against the Javelinas, who were #5 in the polls before losing 42-21 against West Texas A&M in the Lone Star Football Festival last week.

Click on the video link above to hear from MSU head coach Bill Maskill about "adjusting" to finally playing at home!

Coaches to Support Coach to Cure MD this Weekend

For the fourth year in a row, college football coaches nationwide will join together in support of the Coach to Cure MD program, which will be held during games on Saturday.
Midwestern State coach Bill Maskill and the rest of the staff will support the rapidly growing annual effort which has raised nearly a million dollars to battle Duchenne muscular dystrophy by wearing Coach to Cure MD patches.
College football fans will be asked to donate to research projects supported by Parent Project Muscular Dystrophy, the largest nonprofit organization in the U.S. focused entirely on Duchenne muscular dystrophy.
Donations to Duchenne muscular dystrophy research will be accepted by either going online to or by texting the word CURE to 90999 (a $5 donation will automatically be added to your next phone bill).
Last year, more than 9,400 college coaches at 373 different institutions participated in the Coach to Cure MD event. Both those figures are well higher than in any of the program's first two years (2008-09). The three year fundraiser total is just shy of $875,000, putting Coach to Cure MD on pace to go well over one million dollars after this season.
Duchenne muscular dystrophy is the most common fatal genetic disorder diagnosed during childhood and primarily affects boys across all races and cultures. Boys and young men with Duchenne muscular dystrophy develop progressive muscle weakness that eventually causes loss of mobility, wheelchair dependency, and a decline in respiratory and cardiac function. Currently, there is no cure for Duchenne muscular dystrophy and limited therapeutic options exist.
"Our coaches have really embraced the Coach to Cure MD cause over the last three years," said Grant Teaff, executive director of the AFCA and legendary former coach at Baylor University. "Because the disease affects so many young boys, it makes sense for college football coaches to step in and make a difference. We are proud to see so much support on the sidelines every September, for coast to coast at every level of play."
"The "Coach to the Cure MD" Campaign is an outstanding example of how the popularity and prestige of NCAA Football can be channeled to benefit an important and meaningful cause," said Montana State head coach Rob Ash, who is the current president of the AFCA. "The exposure that our coaches and programs will provide the effort to the cure this terrible disease will be significant, and our game will make a difference in the lives of those people who are battling MD. We are happy and proud to be part of the effort to end Duchenne."
"The coaching staff at Oregon State is honored to be part of the Coach to Cure MD program to bring awareness to such a debilitating disease," said Oregon State coach Mike Riley. "We are privileged in college football to work with outstanding student-athletes, but Duchenne robs young men and boys of this opportunity. With the help of college football fans across the country we have a chance to defeat this disease."
In Addition the coaches' efforts, families affected with Duchenne muscular dystrophy will also gather for fund-raising tailgate parties on campuses around the country to encourage more fans to get involved.
"Parent Project Muscular Dystrophy (PPMD) is thrilled to have the continued support of the AFCA as we head full speed into the fourth year of Coach to Cure MD," said Pat Furlong, founding president and CEO of PPMD. "This year we will undoubtedly hit the million dollar mark, which means continued funding of critical research for the devastating disorder. We are confident that with the AFCA on our team and incredible support of participating universities across the country, we will end Duchenne."