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.
Also receiving votes: