Midwestern State dropped 12 spots to No. 16 in the latest American Football
Coaches' Association Division II Poll released Monday afternoon.
The Mustangs suffered their first season opening loss since 2000 in a 20-17 setback to Tarleton State Saturday night in Stephenville.
MSU is one of 11 teams in the newly formed Super Region Four which now includes the Lone Star Conference, Great American Athletic Conference (GLIAC), Great Lakes Valley Conference (GLVC) and Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference (RMAC) to receive mention in the poll.
Colorado State-Pueblo leads the way at No. 3 followed by No. 4 Grand Valley State (Mich.), No. 10 Saginaw Valley State (Mich.), No. 14 Texas A&M-Kingsville, No. 16 MSU, No. 19 Wayne State (Mich.), No. 20 Abilene Christian (Texas) and No. 23 Colorado Mines while West Texas A&M, Tarleton State and New Mexico Highlands are receiving votes.
The Mustangs are the midst of a short week of preparation for Thursday's Lone Star Football Festival showdown with Texas A&M-Commerce at Cowboys Stadium. The game will be broadcast nationally on CBS College Sports.
Midwestern State has received votes in 73 of the last 74 AFCA polls dating back to the 2006 season.
The No. 16 Midwestern State women stand in second just five strokes off the pace
after a first round 309 at the West Texas A&M Lady Buff Stampede on Monday
at the Tascosa Country Club in Amarillo.
The Mustangs battled high winds throughout the day that created tough conditions for all the golfers on the par 72, 5925 yard layout.
Midwestern was paced by the play of sophomore Brenna Moore and senior Kendra Whittley who are tied for ninth at 4-over-par 76. Senior Lindsay Burkhart posted a 6-over 78 to sit 15th after the first round, while senior Taylor Klutts added a 7-over 79 in 18th. Senior Lauren Romines added an 81 for MSU as well.
Playing as an individual, Kynze Mann added an 87 in first round play.
The Mustangs trail Lubbock Christian who posted a 304 to lead the way by five and are four strokes better than Newman (Kan.) at 313.
The Mustangs nemesis was the 18th hole on Monday. MSU lost six strokes on that hole alone as the strong wind allowed both Whittley and Burkhart to send their approach shots over the green and have trouble getting back. Burkhart posted a double-bogey six on the hole, while Whittley carded a triple-bogey seven.
There is a three-way tie atop the individual leaderboard after the first round with Chantry McMahan of Texas A&M-Commerce, Leina Kim of Colorado State-Pueblo and Anna Schopp of Lubbock Christian all at 1-over 73.
The final round is Tuesday.
Midwestern State is tied for fifth after the opening round of the season at the
Charles Coody West Texas Intercollegiate Monday at the Diamondback Golf
Club in Abilene.
Sophomore Derek Oland and redshirt freshman Santiago Gomez each fired 2-under-69 to come in seventh after the first round of the 36-hole tournament at the par 71, 6977 yard Diamondback course.
"Derek shot 2-under, but he didn't really play well," said MSU Coach Jeff Ray. "He's so talented he just hung in there and came in 2-under."
"It's Santiago's first tournament and he had a great round. He hit nearly all of his fairways and greens and was in control of his round all day."
The pair were joined by junior Jeremy LeGuen with a 3-over 74, senior Raine Copeland at 5-over 76 and senior Antonio Herran at 6-over 77.
Freshman Ian Gallagher also shot a 77 playing as an individual.
The Mustangs, who were in the first pairing of the day, posted a 4-over 288 and are tied with West Texas A&M in fifth.
Host Abilene Christian scorched the field in the first round with a 14-under 270 as a team. St. Mary's is second at 1-over 285, with McMurry at 2-over 286 and Queens (N.C.) fourth at 3-over 287 ahead of MSU.
"We had a good first round," said Ray. "This can be a good team. Everyone can post a quality score."
Individually, ACU's Alex Carpenter fired a 7-under 64 and leads by three strokes over teammate Morgan Johnson at 4-under 67.
The final round of the tournament is Tuesday.