Two incredible runs have come to an end for Midwestern State over the last week.
The Mustangs saw their 45-game unbeaten streak at the MSU Soccer Field snapped in a 3-2 overtime loss to Incarnate Word Friday night, and then Tuesday another run came to an end.
For the first time since Sep. 26, 2006 including 70 of 71 reporting periods in which it was ranking eligible, Midwestern State failed to appear in the NSCAA/Continental Tire Division II Coaches' Poll.
The Mustangs dropped from No. 13 to out of the poll despite posting a 4-1-2 mark.
MSU had spent 45 weeks ranked in the Top 10 including three weeks at No. 1 in 2008 during the 6 1/2-year stretch including final finishes of 10th in 2006, third in 2007, fifth in 2008, 19th in 2009, third in 2010 and 16th in 2011.
The Mustangs were discounted from the Sep. 28, 2010 poll for non-payment of dues as they were primed to regain the top spot.
Midwestern slipped from second to fourth in the NSCAA's unofficial South Central Region rankings falling behind No. 5 Regis (Colo.) 6-0-1, No. 11 West Texas A&M (6-1-1) and No. 23 Colorado Mines (5-1-2).
The Mustangs hit the road to face Adams State Sunday afternoon in Alamosa, Colo. Kickoff time is set for 1 p.m. (Central Time).
Midwestern State remains third in the latest NCAA Division II South Central Region Rankings released Tuesday afternoon by the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches' Association.
The Mustangs' second travel squad claimed victory at the Third Annual Ram Ramble Saturday in Fort Worth paced by senior Nadia Majed, who took third in the 5K event with a time of 20:08.61.
MSU competes in the 6K Kansas Invitational Saturday morning in Lawrence.
The poll remained unchanged as Adams State (Colo.) stayed at No. 1 after an idle week while No. 2 Western State (Colo.) claimed team victory hosting the Mountaineer Open.
No. 4 Colorado Mines took fourth behind Air Force, South Dakota and Kansas State at the Woody Greeno/Nebraska Invitational, while No. 5 Colorado-Colorado Springs, No. 6 West Texas A&M, No. 7 Regis (Colo.), No. 8 Fort Lewis (Colo.), No. 9 Angelo State and No. 10 New Mexico Highlands were idle.
The Midwestern State Mustangs won the men's doubles and women's No. 2 singles as they hosted the Midwestern State Invitational over the weekend at the MSU Tennis Center.
MSU freshman Kayla Casey led the Mustangs women by claiming the No. 2 singles flight with a 4-6, 6-4, 10-3 win over Cameron's Elvira Scholles in the final.
The men's team of Jarrod Liston and Kyle Davidson won the men's doubles with an 8-3 triumph over Collin County's Brady Bornstedt and Donovan McSeveney.
The Midwestern duo of newcomers Lauren Pineda and Madeline Schorlemmer advanced to the women's doubles final, but fell to the Tyler Junior College team of Nelo Phiri and Fausty Pietersz 8-3.
The Pineda/Schorlemmer tandem reached the final by defeating MSU teammates Taylor Coffman and Kendra Casey in the semifinals 8-3.
In the other flights on the men's side, Collin County's Bohrenstedt won the No. 1 singles flight with an win over doubles teammate McSeveney. The No. 2 singles were taken by Cameron's Angelo Lencioni and the CU's Dean Weigelt defeated Collin's Kyle Funk 6-3, 6-1 for the No. 3 flight.
In the women's No. 1 singles, TJC's Pieteresz beat Cameron's Julia Puckhaber 6-1, 7-5, while the No. 3 finals were not played between Cameron's Antonia Moberg and teammate Florencia Tornero.
Both the Midwestern men and women are in action this weekend at the ITA South Central Regional hosted by Abilene Christian at the Eager Tennis Pavilion in Abilene.
Sophomore Derek Oland's even-par 72 help propel the Midwestern State Mustangs to
a third place finish at The Territory Classic hosted by Cameron at The Territory
Golf and Country Club in Duncan, OK.
The Mustangs tallied a 305 in the final round for a 605 total, two strokes behind tournament winner Incarnate Word at 603 and one in back of Abilene Christian at 604.
Oland, battling 20-25 mile per hour winds all day, fired the low round of the day with his even-par 72 to finish in a fourth place tie at 3-over 147, two strokes off the pace.
"Derek was impressive today," said MSU Coach Jeff Ray. "He hit 14 greens in regulation. It was a great round under the conditions."
Santiago Gomez carded a 4-over 76 for the Mustangs to finish in a ninth place tie at 6-over 150.
"Santiago had a solid day, missing only a few fairways," said Ray. "He really struggled with the wind."
Raine Copeland posted a 5-over 77 on Tuesday for a total of 8-over 152, while Jeremy LeGuen turned in an 80 for a final of 158. Antonio Herran completed the team with a 92 for a 168 total.
MSU's Ian Gallagher, playing as an individual, carded an 87 for a 168.
The tournament medalist was Texas A&M-Commerce's Patrick Russo who posted a 1-over 145 after a final round 74. UIW's Alejandro Flores and St. Mary's Kirby Gorzell tied for second at 2-over 146.
MSU is in action again Oct. 8-9 at the Ryan Palmer Invitational in Amarillo.