MSU Roundup: Golf & Cross Country

WOMEN'S GOLF: Mustangs take second at Concho River Classic

The 16th ranked Midwestern State Mustangs got an even-par 72 from senior Kendra Whittley in the final round of the Angelo State Concho River Classic as they finished second at the Bentwood Country Club course.
Whittley helped the Mustangs post a 303 as a team to finish at 603, nine strokes behind fourth ranked St. Edward's who took the team title at 594 on the par 72, 5960-yard course.  MSU was three shots in front of fifth ranked Tarleton State at 606 in the 13-team field.
The teams had to battle stormy conditions early, with lightning delaying the start for a hour and gusty winds continuing through the round.
Whittley's 72 led her to finish fifth with a two round total of 5-over 149.
"Kendra was in control today," said MSU Coach Jeff Ray.  "She was never in trouble and she putted well.  She hit 14 greens in regulation and was right on the edge of the others.  She was solid."
Brenna Moore fired her second 3-over 75 of the tournament to finish ninth at 6-over 150.
Lindsey Burkhart, who was in fourth after a first round 73, slipped to 13th with a second round 79 for a 152, while Taylor Klutts finished 18th with a final round 77 to total 153.  Lauren Romines put up an 83 for a final of 162.
Freshman Kynze Mann, who played as an individual this week, shot a 6-over 78 on Tuesday for a 162 total.
"We had a good round of golf," said Ray.  "We made a few mental mistakes that cost us some strokes, but we're one of the best teams in the region and I'm proud of the way we played."
Individually, Tarleton State's Isabell Jimenez Perera fired a 2-under 70 to finish with an even-par 144.  She won a scorecard playoff with Incarnate Word's Flower Castillo who tallied a 2-over 74 on Tuesday to finish even at 144.  St. Ed's Haley Haught shot a 1-under 71 for third at 1-over 145.
The MSU women are idle until Oct. 15-16 when the Mustangs play at the Dallas Baptist Classic at the Golf Club of Dallas.

CROSS COUNTRY: MSU ranked third in USTFCCCA South Central Region poll

Midwestern State opens up at No. 3 in the first regular season NCAA Division II South Central Regional poll released Tuesday morning by the United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches' Association.
The Mustangs claimed a fourth-place showing at the Missouri Southern Stampede finishing behind Division I Tulsa and Arkansas as well as the host Lions, who advanced three spots to No. 3 in the Central Region rankings.
Adams State (Colo.) remained atop the rankings after claiming victory at the Regis NCAA Regional Preview Meet in at Wills Case Golf Course in Denver finishing ahead of No. 5 Colorado-Colorado Springs (2nd), No. 7 Regis (Colo.) (3rd) and No. 10 New Mexico Highlands (4th).
No. 2 Western State (Colo.) enjoyed an idle week, No. 4 Colorado Mines placed fourth behind Division I Air Force, South Dakota and Kansas State at the Woody Greene Invitational hosted by the University of Nebraska.
No. 6 West Texas A&M claimed an impressive win at the Texas Tech Open outdistancing Division I Texas Tech and 9th-ranked Angelo State.
No. 8 Fort Lewis (Colo.) competed in the Southwest Cross Country Challenge in Durango, but an results were reported.
Midwestern State, which is idle this week, travels to the Kansas Invitational on Sat., Sep. 29 in Lawrence, Kan.

FOOTBALL: Conway named LSC Defensive Player of the Week

Midwestern State junior Neiko Conway was named the Lone Star Conference Co-Defensive Player of the Week for his play on Thursday in the Mustangs 65-14 nationally televised win over Texas A&M-Commerce at the Lone Star Football Festival.
Conway collected three of the seven turnovers taken by Midwestern.  He recovered two fumbles and intercepted a pass on the first play of the second half, returning it 32-yards for a touchdown that started a 35-point third quarter for MSU.
It was MSU's first interception return for a touchdown since Oct. 23, 2010 when Zak Bracken had a 20-yard scoring return at West Texas A&M.  The interception return moved him to 182 career interception return yardage to set a new MSU record.  Conway moved to fifth on the MSU career interception list with his seventh career pickoff.
He also chalked up two tackles and a pass breakup as well in the Mustangs win.
Conway was joined by West Texas A&M linebacker Taylor McCuller who chalked up 15 tackles in the Buffaloes 40-13 win over then No. 14 Texas A&M-Kingsville.
The LSC Offensive Player of the Week was Abilene Christian receiver Taylor Gabriel who had five receptions for 50 yards, including a pair of touchdowns.
The LSC Special Teams Player of the Week was Incarnate Word's Marcus Wright who returned the opening kickoff 83 yards for UIW's first-ever kickoff return for a touchdown.
MSU, now ranked 15th nationally, visits Texas A&M-Kingsville on Saturday for a 7 p.m. contest.