MSU: Jackson Named National Player of the Week

Midwestern State running back Keidrick Jackson was selected the National Offensive Player of the Week for his heroics last Saturday night in the Mustangs' 44-38 win over then-16th ranked Texas A&M-Kingsville.
Jackson, the 5-9, 207-pound sophomore from Arlington Bowie rushed for 160 yards on 18 carries with three touchdowns against the Javelinas. He also led the Mustangs in receiving with four catches for 68 yards and a touchdown.
He had the long run of the night with a 77-yard touchdown on his first carry of the second half and scored the game's first touchdown on the season's longest pass play of 45 yards.
His 160 yards were the most surrendered by A&M-Kingsville since 2007 and with four touchdowns, he became the first player in MSU history to record back-to-back four touchdown games.
Jackson leads the Lone Star Conference and is third nationally in scoring with 18.0 points per game. He also is the LSC's leading rusher with 101.3 yards per contest.

Jackson becomes the Mustangs first National Player of the Week since Zack Eskridge earned the honor against Texas A&M-Kingsville on Oct. 17, 2009.
Joining Jackson are Findlay (Ohio) safety Isaiah Ballard as National Defensive Player of the Week and Livingstone (N.C.) kick returner Terry Anderson as National Special Teams Player of the Week.
The Mustangs visit San Antonio to take on Incarnate Word on Saturday night in LSC action.

Volleyball: Jordan Named LSC Defensive Player of the Week

Midwestern State's Kiara Jordan garnered Lone Star Conference Defensive Player of the Week Tuesday afternoon when the league announced its weekly awards.
The senior libero from Gilmer finished with a 2011 LSC-best 40 digs in the Mustangs' five-set loss to Tarleton State on Saturday.
The total was the second most in a single match in school history and the most since Jordan notched a school-record 50 digs against Texas A&M-Commerce on Oct. 29, 2009.
She also recorded 19 digs in MSU's three-set loss at West Texas A&M on Tuesday as she finished the week with 59 digs for an average of 7.38 a set.
Jordan tops the South Central Region and the Lone Star Conference with 6.02 digs per set, which ranks fourth in all of NCAA Division II.
She shared LSC top defensive honors with West Texas A&M's Erin Dougherty and Texas A&M-Kingsville's Laura Macek.
Daugherty tallied 2.27 blocks per set over three matches last week for the Lady Buffs, while Macek recorded a school-record 11 blocks in consecutive matches against Angelo State and Texas A&M-Commerce.
Texas Woman's Viktorija Jablonska and Angelo State's Celeste Bonter claimed offensive player of the week accolades while WT's Lacy Hayes and Incarnate Word's Danielle Saurez gained top setter mention.
Midwestern State competes in the Pittsburg State Classic this weekend with matches against Northwest Missouri and Newman (Kan.) on Friday before facing St. Mary's (Texas) and Missouri Southern on Saturday.

Cross Country: Mustangs Remain Atop Regional Rankings

Midwestern State topped the United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches' Association South Central Region rankings for the third consecutive reporting period when the poll was released Tuesday morning.
The Mustangs claimed a dual meet win over West Texas A&M last week and next compete in the Rogue Running/University of Texas Open Friday night in Austin where MSU will face a field of 11 teams in the 6K event, which includes a mixed field.
Midwestern, Texas A&M-Kingsville, Dallas Baptist and Tarleton State represent Division II, while No. 14 Texas and No. 25 Texas Tech highlight a six-team Division I contingent which also includes Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, Houston, Rice and Texas-Arlington.
MSU is one of only two teams from the Lone Star Conference in the rankings which heavily feature five members of the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletic Association including Truman (Mo.) at No. 2, Pittsburg State (Kan.) at No. 3, Missouri Southern at No. 4, Northwest Missouri at No. 5 and Southwest Baptist at No. 7.
No. 6 Harding (Ark.) and No. 8 East Central (Okla.) represent the Great American Conference while Dallas Baptist (Texas) is the Heartland Conference's lone stalwart at No. 9.
Incarnate Word of the LSC closes out the rankings at No. 10.

M Soccer: MSU Remains 12 in NSCAA Top 25 Poll

Midwestern State retained its No. 12 ranking in the latest National Soccer Coaches' Association of America Top 25 released Tuesday afternoon.
The Mustangs improved to 5-1 with a dominating 5-0 win at Texas-Permian Basin last Friday in Odessa. Senior midfielder Chris Dwyer led the way with a hat trick while David Freeland and Brett Helm added tallies for Midwestern.
MSU is one of seven teams from the South Central and Central regions to receive mention in the poll joining No. 2 Fort Lewis (Colo.), No. 5 Incarnate Word, No. 17 Metro State (Colo.), No. 19 Northeastern State and No. 20 Colorado Mines while Texas A&M International is receiving votes.
The Mustangs have carried a national ranking for 61 of the last 62 reporting periods dating back to the 2006 season spending 39 of those weeks in the Top 10. The lone break in the stretch came when a membership dues fiasco cost the program a likely No. 1 ranking in the Sep. 28, 2010 poll.
Midwestern State returns to the home pitch with a pair of games this weekend. The Mustangs take on Texas A&M International Friday night at 7 p.m. before playing St. Mary's (Texas) Sunday at 1 p.m.