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Mustangs to Face ENMU in Lone Star Football Festival

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The Midwestern State Mustangs will once again be a part of one of the premier events in NCAA Division II Football as they face Eastern New Mexico in the fourth annual Lone Star Football Festival at AT&T Stadium in Arlington on Sept. 20th.

The Lone Star Conference office announced Tuesday that the 2014 event features four games on that Saturday, with the Mustangs and Greyhounds playing the Festival's finale scheduled for 8 p.m., at the home of the Dallas Cowboys.

The festival will kickoff at 10 a.m. on Sept. 20 with Texas A&M-Kingsville against Texas A&M-Commerce. Game two featuring Shorter (Fla.) against West Texas A&M is slated for 1 p.m., with the third contest with Florida Tech versus Tarleton State scheduled for 5 p.m.

The Mustangs have a 2-1 record in the three previous Lone Star Football Festivals after dropping a narrow 27-24 decision to Tarleton State to open the season last year. The Mustangs had two wins over Texas A&M-Commerce, 63-17 in 2011 and 65-14 on the CBS Sports Network in 2012.

A single ticket will be good for admission to all four games at the festival, with sales to begin in early June. Advance purchases will be rewarded with rates of $25 for adults and $10 for students, whereas game-day pricing at the AT&T Stadium ticket windows will be $30 for adults and $12 for students.

The festival has attracted more than 86,000 fans for 16 games in its first three years, making it one of the best-attended football events in all of Division II. Fourteen of those 16 games have been televised, bringing extensive exposure to LSC member institutions and their football teams. The festival also has featured five NFL Draft picks and eight NCAA playoff teams, including the 2012 Division II National Champion Valdosta State.

AT&T Stadium is the largest, most technologically advanced entertainment venue in the world. Designed by HKS and built by Manhattan Construction, the $1.2 billion stadium features two monumental arches, the world's largest HDTV video board cluster, an expansive retractable roof and the largest retractable end zone doors in the world.

Features of the stadium include seating for 80,000 and expandability for up to 100,000, over 300 luxury suites, club seating on multiple levels and the Dallas Cowboys Pro Shop, open to the public year round. The stadium is also home to a world-class collection of contemporary art, made up of over 50 pieces from an international array of curated artists displayed on the walls and in the grand public spaces of the venue.

In addition to being the home of the Dallas Cowboys since opening in 2009, the stadium has hosted Super Bowl XLV, the 2010 NBA All Star Game, the annual AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic, and the 2014 NCAA Men's Final Four. In 2015 it will be home to the inaugural College Football Playoff Championship Game.

2014 Lone Star Football Festival Schedule (All times Central)
Saturday, September 20 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas
10 a.m. - Texas A&M-Kingsville vs. Texas A&M-Commerce
1 p.m. - Shorter vs. West Texas A&M
5 p.m. - Florida Tech vs. Tarleton State
8 p.m. - Eastern New Mexico vs. Midwestern State

Flores Qualifies for NCAA T&F National Championships

Junior Ashley Flores became the second Midwestern State student-athlete to qualify for the NCAA Division II Outdoor Track & Field Championships set for May 22-24 at Grand Valley State's Track & Field Stadium in Allendale, Mich.

Flores clocked an altitude adjusted time of 4:32.08 in the 1,500-meter run at the West Texas A&M Classic on April 26 in Canyon to qualify for the field of 29.

She is one of three Lone Star Conference runners to qualify for the event joining Harding's Ewa Zabarowska (4:25.59) and West Texas A&M's Maireia Guarner (4:31.29).

California State, Stanislaus' Courtney Anderson was one of two runners to post automatic qualifying times at the distance (4:20.65) joining Chico State's Ayla Granados (4:21.62).

The Haltom City product is coming off of a bronze medal showing at the 1,500-meter distance in the LSC Championships while also earning points placing sixth in the 5,000-meter run with a time of 18:19.23.

Flores is a four-time All-LSC cross country performer while earning United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches' Association All-South Central acclaim in 2011, 2012 and 2013.

Former teammate Brissia Montalvo finished 11th in the 3,000-meter Steeplechase as MSU's first national qualifier in 2012.

Preliminary heats for the 1,500-meter run are set for 5:25 p.m. on Thursday, May 22 while the finals follow Saturday at 5:45 p.m.