MSU: Cross Country Picked 2nd in LSC, Soccer 20th in Nation

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The Midwestern State cross country team is picked to finish second in the race for the 2015 Lone Star Conference Championship according to the league coaches, sports information directors and selected media as released Thursday afternoon.

The Mustangs return four runners off of last season's squad which claimed four meet wins including the program's first league title while carrying a national ranking throughout much of the season reaching as high as No. 12.

The team is led by All-Lone Star Conference performer Brittany Adams who is joined by fellow seniors Ana Lopez and Maira Salinas, sophomores Angela Dees and Maranda Rodriguez and redshirt-freshmen April Pena and Angela Powers.

Koby Styles returns for his ninth year at the helm of a program which claimed a South Central Region title in 2011 and four consecutive LSC championships in 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011.

The Mustangs advanced to the NCAA Division II Championships placing 15th in 2008, 17th in 2010 and 11th in 2011.

West Texas A&M claimed favorite status with 12 first-place votes for a total of 126 points to edge MSU which received the other eight first-place votes for a total of 121 points.

Eastern New Mexico received 94 points while Tarleton State (76), Angelo State (73), Texas A&M-Commerce (46) and Texas A&M-Kingsville (24) round out the poll.

Midwestern competes in the Lubbock Christian Relays in an exhibition run on Aug. 28 before kicking off the season with the MSU/Strohman Dental Stampede on Thursday, Sept. 10 at the former Hawk Ridge Golf Course.

Mustang Men's Soccer 20th in NSCAA Poll

Midwestern State opens the 2015 campaign ranked 20th in the National Soccer Coaches' Association of America Division II Preseason Top 25 released Thursday afternoon.

The ranking marks the ninth straight year the Mustangs have carried a preseason ranking after also closing last season at No. 20 in the final postseason poll.

MSU battled to a 13-4-2 mark gaining their 10th NCAA Division II playoff berth since the start of the 2002 season before falling to eventual national semifinalist Colorado Mesa in the second round of the tournament.

The Mustangs are one of three teams from the South Central Region to receive mention in the poll joining No. 4 Colorado Mesa and No. 12 St. Edward's (Texas).

Lynn (Fla.), which claimed its second national championship in the last three years in 2014, tops the rankings while Charleston (S.C.), Quincy (Ill.), Colorado Mesa, Young Harris (Ga.), California State-Los Angeles, Southern New Hampshire, Seattle Pacific (Wash.), Mercyhurst (Pa.) and Limestone (N.C.) configure the Top 10.

The second 10 consists of Long Island-Post (N.Y.), St. Edward's, Saint Leo (Fla.), Fort Hays State (Kan.), Merrimack (Mass.), Southern Connecticut State, Christian Brothers (Tenn.), Saginaw Valley State (Mich.), Azusa Pacific (Calif.) and MSU.

Northeastern State (Okla.), Wingate (N.C.), Drury (Mo.), Notre Dame (Ohio) and Northwood (Mich.) round out the rankings.

Midwestern State carried the No. 12 ranking heading into the 2014 campaign and has been rated as high as No. 3 in 2008 and 2011 heading into a season. The last time the Mustangs were unranked in the NSCAA preseason poll was 2006, but finished the season 10th in the final rankings.

MSU has appeared in 92 national rankings since the start of the 2006 season including 47 of those weeks within the Top 10. The Mustangs spent three weeks at No. 1 during the 2008 campaign.

Midwestern takes on Fort Lewis (Colo.) in the season opener on Friday, Sept. 4 at the MSU Soccer Field. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. The Mustangs close the weekend at home against 4th-ranked Colorado Mesa on Sunday, Sept. 6 with a noon start time