MSU's Montalvo Takes 3rd in Texas Relays

Midwestern State's Brissia Montalvo took the lead with three laps remaining in the 3,000-meter Steeplechase in the Texas Relays Thursday night at Mike A. Myers Stadium in Austin and held on to improve her provisional time by seven seconds to 10:58.30.
"She took the lead with three laps to go and was running even splits," MSU coach Koby Styles said. "But (University of Texas junior Brittany Marches) took the lead with 300 meters to go and lost contact."
Montalvo placed third as Stephen F. Austin senior Randi Plentl slipped by her to clock a time of 10:57.78, but it didn't take the luster off of a stellar evening for the senior from El Paso.
"We wanted to run sub-11 to improve our chances on the national list," Styles said. "She definitely did that and gave the big schools a run for their money."
Montalvo's time is the fifth fastest NCAA Division II time in the 3,000-meter Steeplechase this season trailing only Alaska-Anchorage duo Susan Tunui (10:37.65) and Hallidie Wilt (10:43.14), Chico State's Amy Schnittger (10:50.87) and Cal State-Stanislaus' Courtney Anderson (10:54.88).
"Last year, 10:59 got in, but we're targeting 10:55 to really help our chances," Styles said.
The NCAA Division II provisional time for the event is 11:10.00 and no runner has yet to meet the automatic qualification time of 10:35.00.
"It's been a tough three weeks for her, but she's a tough athlete and she's up for it," Styles said. "Her steps over the barriers were perfect, but still struggling with the water jump. That can be fixed."
Marches, Plentl and Montalvo were the only members of the field of 12 to break the 11-minute barrier as West Texas A&M's Jessica Blakely (11:50.75) and Brenda Sindet (11:52.03) placed eighth and ninth respectively as the only other Division II representatives in the event.
Midwestern State competes in the Angelo State David Noble Relays on Thursday, April 5 in San Angelo.

Women's Tennis Falls to #26 UCO, 7-2

The Midwestern State Mustangs grabbed two of the three doubles points, but couldn't hang on as the Central Oklahoma Bronchos handed the Mustangs a 7-2 loss Thursday at the UCO Courts in Edmond, Okla.
The 39th ranked Mustangs (5-9) played close in four of the singles contests, but the 26th-ranked Bronchos (9-5) were able to pull the sweep.
"We carried the momentum for a while from winning doubles," said Coach Scott Linn.  "But they raised their level and we didn't respond to the challenge.  But we played better than we did against Dallas Baptist (on Tuesday)."
The Mustangs jumped out on top thanks to the No. 2 and No. 3 doubles teams.
Taylor Coffman and Kendra Casey battled from behind to win No. 2 over Rose Cabato and Anna Kochigina 9-7.
"I thought the energy and determination of Casey and Coffman was fantastic," said Linn.
Rozike van Rensburg and Lindsey Buenger took the No. 3 point with an 8-6 win over Anto Rossini and Sowmya Pulumati.
The Mustangs lost the No. 1 doubles point to UCO with Lindsey Holcomb and Sarita Adhikary falling to Julia Shviadok and Elizabeta Abramovic 8-2.
But in the singles, UCO came on strong in the end.
The Mustangs got off strong at No. 1 with van Rensburg taking a first set over Abramovic 6-4, but the Broncho came back to win the point 6-3, 6-2.
Holcomb did the same at No. 2 with a 6-2 first set, but Shviadok countered by winning the next two sets 6-4, 6-4.
Casey really fought hard at No. 4, falling to Kochigina 7-5, then claiming the second set 6-2.  But Kochigina rallied in the third set to take the point 6-4.
Coffman took the first set at No. 5, winning the first set 6-2.  But Cabato came back to take the second and third by identical 6-4 scores.
Adhikary lost to Rossini 7-5, 6-4 at No. 3, while Buenger lost at No. 6 to Pulumati 6-3, 6-0.
The Mustangs join with the men to take on East Central in Ada on Saturday.