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Flores Leads Team at Mustang Open

Senior Ashley Flores highlighted a solid start to the outdoor season Thursday afternoon in the MSU Mustang Open at the Burkburnett High School Sports Complex.

"We got what we needed out of it," MSU coach Koby Styles said. "It was a relaxed atmosphere, but we got a lot out of it. I was really excited about how we competed in the 1,500. We got better today."

Flores paced a season opening time of 4:46.78 to lead a trio of MSU runners to break the 5-minute mark, followed by junior Cristina Alcantar (4:56.50) and junior Michelle Krezonoski (4:59.47).

Junior Abigail Gonzalez (5:00.79), junior Gabby Ruiz (5:02.98), junior Kim Krezonoski (5:03.51), senior Janel Campbell (5:10.95), sophomore Brittany Adams (5:11.00), senior Melody Caldwell (5:13.29), sophomore Maira Salinas (5:18.16) and junior Cara Mack (5:21.14) rounded out the MSU contingent in the 1,500-meter run.

Flores also turned in a 2:25.26 effort to win the 800-meter run followed by Alcantar (2:26.71), Caldwell (2:33.50), freshman Maranda Rodriguez (2:38.91), freshman C.J. Frizzell (2:39.69) and junior Danielle Chavarria (2:41.31).

Rodriguez claimed a win in the 200-meter dash with a time of 28.00 followed by Frizzell at 28.37, while the pair flipped spots in the 400-meter dash with Frizzell taking second with a time of 1:03.04 followed by Rodriguez in third with a time of 1:08.85.

Ruiz claimed victory in the 3,000-meter run with a time of 10:51.02 followed by Michelle Krezonoski (10:56.78), Kim Krezonoski (11:02.58), Gonzalez (11:08.21), Salinas (11:19.71), Campbell (11:27.27), Adams (11:28.42) and Mack (11:48.82).

Alcantar, Caldwell, Chavarria and Rodriguez set a new school record in the 4x400-meter relay, clocking a time of 4:17.93 as the Mustangs raced four teams.

Frizzell, Campbell, Kim Krezonoski and Salinas took second with a time of 4:25.89 followed by Flores, Adams, Michelle Krezonoski and Mack (4:34.50) while Ramirez, Ruiz, Gonzalez and Finson claimed fourth (4:40.67).

Midwestern State competes in Rice's 31st Victor Lopez Classic next weekend in Houston.

#17 Men's Tennis Edged by #2 Armstrong Atlantic, 5-4

The 17th ranked Midwestern State Mustang took an early lead on second-ranked Armstrong Atlantic before the Pirates answered with five straight wins to claim a narrow 5-4 victory at the Darling Tennis Center in Las Vegas, NV.

The rematch of last season's Elite Eight contest left Midwestern at 7-5 on the season, while Armstrong moved to 9-4.

The highlight for the Mustangs was the play at No. 1 singles, where 46th ranked Kacper Boborykin upset the Pirates ninth-ranked Pedro Scocuglia 6-3, 3-6, 7-5.

Midwestern grabbed the lead by winning two doubles points as Tomas Grejtak/Ramon Toyos claimed No. 1 with an 8-6 triumph over Pablo Gor/Jaaan Kononov, and MSU's Jarrod Liston/Zack Santagate picked up an 8-3 win over Luca Cerin/Scocuglia at No. 3.

But AASU picked up the last doubles point with Ignacio Hernandez/Damian Okrutny beating Boborykin/Kyle Davidson 8-6 at No. 2.

The Pirates roared back with wins in the first four singles positions finished.

Okrutny first took down Grejtak 7-5, 6-2 at No. 6, with 10th ranked Pablo Gor getting by 27th ranked Davidson 7-6 (7-1), 6-2 at No. 2 and No. 39 Kononov beating Toyos 6-4, 6-2 at No. 3.

The Mustangs Christopher Norrie, playing at No. 4, gave 20th ranked Hernandez a run, but dropped a heartbreaking 7-6 (7-3), 7-5 decision to the Pirate.

MSU's Liston went extra to win his point at No. 5 with a 6-3, 2-6, 7-6 (7-4) victory over Cerin that followed Boborykin's win.

The Mustangs return to play next Wednesday when they host Southwest Baptist at the MSU Tennis Center.

#19 Women's Tennis Blanked by #1 AASU

The 19th ranked Midwestern State Mustangs suffered their second loss of the season as the No. 1 Armstrong Atlantic Pirates downed the Mustangs 9-0 at the Darling Tennis Center to close their Spring Break trip to the desert.

Midwestern (9-2) took only one set from the two-time defending national champion Pirates (14-1).

AASU started by sweeping the doubles action.

Armstrong's second ranked doubles team of Alesksandra Filipovski/Barbora Krtickova beat Kayla Casey/Taylor Coffman 8-3 at No. 1, with sixth ranked Marlen Hacke/Olga Kalodzitsa handing the Mustangs Sydney Briner/Lauren Pineda an 8-3 loss at No. 2. The Pirate won No. 3 with Clara Perez/Carolina Prats-Milan beating MSU's Courtney Anderson/Amy Clifton 8-2.

The only set won by the Mustangs came at No. 5 singles, where Anderson lost the opening set to Dora Andrejszki 6-2, before she beat the Pirate 6-4 in the second. Andrejszki edged Anderson in the third 11-9 to claim the point.

At No. 1, Filipovski, ranked second nationally, downed Clifton 6-0, 6-2.

Krtickova, ranked 15th in Division II, battle Casey, ranked 38th, at No. 2, winning the first set in a tiebreak 7-6 (7-5), then put away the point 6-1 in the second.

The Pirates Hacke, 16th in DII, beat Coffman 6-2, 6-1 at No. 3, while Prats-Milan handed Peneda a 6-1, 6-0 loss at No. 4.

No. 24 Kalodzitsa won at the No. 6 position, shutting out MSU's Paige Boykin 6-0, 6-0.

Midwestern is back in action on Wednesday, March 26, when it hosts Southwest Baptist at the MSU Tennis Center.