MSU: Cross Country Still #1 in Region

Midwestern State remained atop United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches' Association South Central Region Rankings for the fifth consecutive reporting period when the poll was released Tuesday afternoon.
 
The Mustangs rolled to their second meet win of the season, dominating the Midwestern State Cross Country Carnival last Saturday at the former Hawk Ridge Golf Course.
 
MSU placed seven runners in the top 15 and finished with 32 points to easily outdistance Dallas Baptist (90 points), Abilene Christian (95 points) and Tarleton State (98 points) in the 6K event.
 
Midwestern is one of three teams from the Lone Star Conference in the rankings, which heavily feature five members of the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletic Association and a pair of teams out of the Great American Conference.
 
Harding (Ark.) moved up three spots to No. 2 followed by Pittsburg State (Kan.), Missouri Southern, Northwest Missouri, Truman State (Mo.), West Texas A&M, Southwest Baptist (Mo.), East Central (Okla.) and Eastern New Mexico.
 
The Mustangs enjoy a week off before running for their fourth consecutive Lone Star Conference championship on Sat., Oct. 22 in San Angelo, Texas.

Volleyball: Jordan Claims 3rd Consecutive LSC Award

Midwestern State's Kiara Jordan earned her third straight Lone Star Conference Defensive Player of the Week award Tuesday when the league announced is weekly honors.
 
The senior from Gilmer averaged 7.33 digs per set last week to help the Mustangs to a 2-1 showing, including LSC wins over Cameron and Abilene Christian.
 
Jordan notched 33 digs in a five-set win over the Aggies on Tuesday before matching a season three-set high with 25 digs against the Wildcats Thursday night.
 
She capped the week with a 30-dig effort to help MSU limit No. 18 Angelo State to a .165 team attack percentage.
 
Jordan has recorded 20-or-more digs in each of her last five outings.
 
West Texas A&M junior middle blocker Erin Dougherty split defensive honors with Jordan, notching 1.82 blocks per set while helping the Lady Buffs to three wins.
 
Texas Woman's junior Viktorija Jablonska and WT junior Stormi Lancaster gained top offensive honors, while Angelo State's Alex Woolsey and WT's Lacy Hayes garnered setter of the week accolades.
 
Midwestern State hits the road for a pair of conference tussles beginning with Texas A&M-Commerce on Thursday and Texas Woman's University on Saturday.

Men's Soccer Hangs on to Top 25 Ranking

Midwestern State slipped to 22nd in the latest National Soccer Coaches' Association of America Top 25 released Tuesday afternoon.
 
The Mustangs fell 15 places after suffering consecutive defeats for the first time since 2005 as MSU was on the short end of results at Eastern New Mexico (2-1) and at West Texas A&M (3-2) last weekend.
 
Midwestern has carried a national ranking for each of the last 61 reporting periods in which it was eligible to receive mention. The No. 22 ranking is the lowest ranking for that time period.
 
The Mustangs are one of seven teams from the rugged South Central/Central regions receiving mention in the poll, joining No. 1 Fort Lewis (Colo.), No. 5 Incarnate Word (Texas), No. 15 Texas A&M International and No. 23 Colorado Mines while Regis (Colo.) is receiving votes.
 
Midwestern State kicks off a four-match homestand Friday night when it plays host to Northeastern State at the MSU Soccer Field. Start time is set for 7 p.m.