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Flores, Alcantar lead strong performance at MSSU Invitational

Cristina Alcantar and Ashley Flores narrowly missed national provisional marks to lead Midwestern State's solid efforts this weekend at the Missouri Southern Invitational at Leggett and Platt Athletic Center.
Cristina Alcantar and Ashley Flores narrowly missed national provisional marks to lead Midwestern State's solid efforts this weekend at the Missouri Southern Invitational at Leggett and Platt Athletic Center.

"We are running faster indoor this year than we were running outdoors last year," MSU coach Koby Styles said. "This sets us up for a great 2014. We gained a lot of confidence this weekend."

Alcantar fell less than two seconds shy of the indoor mile NCAA Division Ii provisional mark clocking a 5:07.34 to claim a win in her first individual race for the Mustangs.

"The first 400 was really slow and she was able to rally," Styles aid. "What a way to start of the year. We're expecting big things from her and we're really excited for her to be a part of the team."

Juniors Gabby Ruiz (5:22.20) and Emma Ramirez (5:26.75) flashed solid finishes by taking fourth and seventh place, respectively.

Flores bettered her previous 800-meter PR by five seconds clocking a 2:18.22 to fall .15 seconds shy of the NCAA Division II provisional mark.

"I was pumped because I had her at 2:17," Styles said. "That would have put her in the Top 2 in the nation. I'm really pleased with her. That's a huge PR."

Sophomore Ana Lopez finished seventh with an indoor personal best time of 2:22.26.

Junior Kim Krezonoski turned in a solid time of 10:31.02 in her first try at 3,000 meter this season to take fourth, while junior Cara Mack continued her strong comeback with a time of 11:22.04 to finish 18th.

Redshirt-freshman C.J. Frizzell clocked a school record time of 1:02.03 to finish 13th in the 400-meter run followed by Maranda Rodriguez (1:03.89/20th) and Callie Briseno (1:03.93/21st).

Midwestern also enjoyed a solid showing Friday night as two runners broke the 19-minute barrier in the 5,000-meter run and two distance medley relay squads placed in the top five.

Junior Abigail Gonzalez placed fifth in the 5,000 with a personal best time of 18:45, while sophomore Brittany Adams finished ninth with a time of 18:54.21.

Senior Melody Caldwell (19:36.50/14th), sophomore Maira Salinas (20:01.19/20th) and junior Lucia Trejo (20:44.39/25th) rounded out MSU's 5,000-meter contingent.

The team of Flores, Lopez, Frizzell and Ruiz recorded a time of 12:36.04 to take fourth while Alcantar, Ramirez, Briseno and Krezonoski took fifth with a time of 12:41.37.

"This was a great trial run for the teams as we try to mix, match and compete as we move deeper into the season," Styles said.

Midwestern State competes in the University of New Mexico Classic next weekend in Albuquerque.
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