MSU Roundup: Golf and Cross Country

Sophomore Colton Dorion fired an opening round 72 and Midwestern State remains in the thick of the competition with a 13-over team total of 301 Monday at the Payne Stewart Invitational played at the Par-72, 7,364-yard course at the Branson Hills Country Club.
"Dorion was solid all day and did a great job of keeping the ball in the fairway," MSU coach Jeff Ray said. "With this type of golf course, there's a lot of holes that are gettable. The guys kept the ball in the fairways and that's best thing here. The hardest part of this course is off of the tee."
The Mustangs head into the final round of the 36-hole event 24 strokes behind tournament leading Central Missouri as four Mules fired under-par scores in the opening round to open up a huge lead.
But Midwestern is just two strokes behind second-place Southeastern Oklahoma State (299) and one shot behind Henderson State (Ark.) and home standing Arkansas Tech (300).
The tightly packed field has the Mustangs just eight strokes out of ninth as well as MSU is trailed by Missouri Southern (303), Harding (Ark.) (304), Lindenwood (Mo.) (305) and Rockhurst (Mo.) (308).
"This is a great golf course and the weather was fantastic," Ray said. "It was really conducive to a lot of great golf and low scores."
Dorion had a 2-under round working until finding the creek on his final hole of the day (No. 15) and settled for a tie for eighth five strokes behind individual leader Teddy Jones of Central Missouri who breezed ahead of the field with a 67.
Junior Thomas Smith and sophomore Will Mullins provided solid rounds of 74 and 75, while senior Colton Kowalick notched an 80 to give the Mustangs their final countable score of the opening round.
"Tom and Will really grinded today," Ray said. "They made a lot of tough pars and did a great job of getting up and down. Kowalick had five birdies, but also had a couple of bad swings which cost him a low score and he was a little unlucky."
Junior Jared Baker recorded a 10-over 82 to tie for 55th after the opening day of play.
The Stewart Invitational concludes Thursday morning.

                 Payne Stewart Invitational
                   Branson Hills Golf Club
                           Branson, Mo.
                        Par 72, 7,364 yards
Team Leaderboard
PlaceTeamRound ScoresTotalTo Par
1Central Missouri277277-11
2Southeastern Oklahoma299299+11
3Henderson State (Ark.)300300+12
Arkansas Tech300300+12
5Midwestern State (Texas)301301+13
6Missouri Southern State303303+15
7Harding (Ark.)304304+16
8Lindenwood (Mo.)305305+17
9Rockhurst (Mo.)308308+20
10Lincoln (Mo.)311311+23
12Southwest Baptist (Mo.)324324+36
Individual Leaderboard
PlacePlayer, TeamRound ScoresTotalTo Par
1Teddy Jones, Central Missouri6767-5
2Yente Van Doren, Lindenwood6868-4
3Travis Mays, Central Missouri6969-3
4Alex Springer, Central Missouri7070-2
Alan Anderson, Harding7070-2
Kevin Boutier, Henderson State7070-2
7Cole Dillon, Central Missouri7171-1
8Colton Dorion, Midwestern State7272E
Blake Lammers, Lincoln7272E
Bryce Burke, Arkansas Tech7272E
Taylor Lansford, Missouri Southern7272E
Brett Windsor, Central Missouri7272E
Midwestern State Scorecard
5Midwestern State301301+13
8tColton Dorion7272E
13tThomas Smith7474+2
18tWill Mullins7575+3
47tColton Kowalick8080+8
55tJared Baker8282+10

Smith leads Mustangs to fourth-place showing at LSC Championships

Midwestern State was on the verge of claiming a sixth Lone Star Conference championship Monday morning at the Tejas Golf Course.
Freshman Bridget Reilly was cruising along at an all-conference pace with 1,200 meter to go, but was forced to withdraw sending the Mustangs to a fourth-place showing in a very tightly packed competition.
"She had been battling an injury all year and it flared up and she felt like she couldn't go anymore," MSU coach Koby Styles said. "We looked great and were coming on strong. We couldn't have executed a better plan and with 1,200 meters to go, we were there."
Instead, Midwestern State finish fourth just 10 points behind Tarleton State which logged 70 points to claim its first league cross country title by a single point over Eastern New Mexico while Texas A&M-Commerce claimed third with 79 points.
"We ran well and peaked at the right time. We were right there. That's what is making it so hard to swallow right now. We were so close," Styles said. "If you would have asked me in mid-August, I would have thought Tarleton was the favorite but seeing how hard these girls worked and how close we were, that's tough."
Sara Smith led a trio of runners earning all-conference laurels for the Mustangs. The Dalhart native placed fourth with a personal best time of 23:06.20 as the league's freshman of the year.
"Sara ran great and I couldn't be more proud of her," Styles said. "She has heart and she has talent. She will be a force to be reckoned with."
Junior Leticia Shaban garnered LSC newcomer of the year honors as the junior transfer from Central Arizona paced a 23:35.40 to finish 10th while junior Brandi Hobson placed 14th with a 23:41.50.
Seniors Brittany Adams (24:21.40/25th) and Maira Salinas (24:56.80/27th) provided the final countable finishes for the Mustangs, while freshman Stefanie Blaine (25:20.70/31st), sophomore Angela Dees (25:41.00/36th), freshman Kylee Gorney (26:21.70/38th) and junior Jasmine Stokes (26:25.90/40th) rounded out the MSU effort.
The Mustangs, who were also without injured freshman Michelle Rieves, compete in the NCAA Division II South Central Regionals on Saturday, Nov. 7 in Canyon.
"We've still got a shot at nationals, but this one is going to hurt for a while," Styles said.