MSU Jumps to #12 in Cross Country Poll

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Midwestern State used a strong showing at the Missouri Southern Stampede to vault to No. 12 in the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches' Association Top 25 released Wednesday afternoon.

The Mustangs placed fifth at the 5K Missouri Southern Stampede finishing behind Division I Arkansas, Tulsa and Oklahoma as well as host school Missouri Southern which remained steady at No. 15.

Senior Gabby Ruiz set the school 5K record finishing 25th with a time of 18:08.00 to help MSU to a fifth-place over all showing behind Arkansas, Tulsa, Oklahoma and Missouri Southern.

The Mustangs had five runners enter the chute in under 19 minutes including Michelle Krezonoski (18:18.11), Kim Krezonoski (19:40.78), Brittany Adams (18:44.72) and Emma Ramirez (18:54.84).

Grand Valley State (Mich.) is the unanimous No. 1 pick followed by South Central Region foes Adams State (Colo.) and Western State Colorado while Minnesota-Duluth, Chico State (Calif.) and another in-region standout -- Metro State (Colo.) -- round out the first five.

Other South Central Region squads receiving mention in the poll include No. 17 Colorado-Colorado Springs and No. 19 Colorado Mines while West Texas A&M is receiving votes.

The Mustangs return to the poll for the first time since receiving a No. 17 ranking in the Oct. 16, 2013 poll. MSU also received votes in the 2014 preseason rankings.

Midwestern enjoys a bye week before competing in the Metro State Pre-Regional on Oct. 4 in Denver.

Sept. 24, 2014
RankTeam (1st-place votes)ConferenceRegionLast
1Grand Valley State (Mich.) (8)GLIACMW1
2Adams State (Colo.)RMACSC2
3Western State ColoradoRMACSC3
4Minnesota DuluthNSICCentral4
5Chico State (Calif.)CCAAWest5

Metro State (Colo.)RMACSC7
7Augustana (S.D.)NSICCentral6
8Hillsdale (Mich.)GLIACMW8
9Simon Fraser (B.C.)GNACWest16
10Winona State (Minn.)GLIACCentral10
11Wayne State (Mich.)GLIACMidwestNR
12Midwestern State (Texas)LSCLone StarRV
13California BaptistPacWestWest11
14California, San DiegoCCAAWestRV
15Missouri SouthernMIAACentral15
16Southern IndianaGLVCMidwestNR
17Colorado, Colorado SpringsRMACSC17
18Edinboro (Pa.)PSACAtlantic14
19Colorado MinesRMACSC24

Western WashingtonGNACWest19
21Malone (Ohio)GLIACMW25
22Stonehill (Mass.)NE-10East22
23Mary (N.D.)NSICCentral23
24Montevallo (Ala.)Peach BeltSENR
25Saginaw Valley State (Mich.)GLIACMW9

Also receiving votes:

Lewis (Ill.) 18; Shippensburg (Pa.) 16; Tampa (Fla.) 7; Minnesota State-Moorhead 7; Central Washington 6; West Texas A&M 5; North Georgia 3; Roberts Wesleyan (N.Y.) 3; Wisconsin-Parkside 2; Seattle Pacific (Wash.) 1.