October 13, 2012
SANTA CLARA, Calif. - The Bronco Invitational, hosted by Santa Clara University at Baylands Park in Sunnyvale proved to be a record-setting race for the Lady Mustangs. Amongst a field of division one competition, the women’s squad set a new TMC record team time of 1:33:52, averaging 18 minutes, 46 seconds per athlete over the 5k course.
Finishing first for the Mustang squad was Karis Frankian (Saugus, CA), crossing the line in 17:43, the third-fastest freshman time of the day. Close behind Frankian was teammate Hannah Kellerman (Sartell, MN), running 17:59. Kellerman had led the Mustangs through the first miles of the event, coming through the two-mile marker in a blazing 11:07. Unfortunately, the fast start caused Kellerman to struggle late in the competition, nonetheless, the junior hung on to post her second sub-18 minute race of the season.
With two finishing under 18 minutes, No. 3 for the squad was junior Katrina Graham (Riverside, CA). Having a fantastic season thus far, Graham showed up big for the second race in a row. Coming off an outstanding performance at the Stanford Invitational just two weeks ago, Graham ran a new personal best of 18:28. “Katrina is looking at earning All GSAC honors at our conference championships. She is an extremely critical piece that will determine how high up we finish at conference,” Coach Zach Schroeder said. “With Hannah and Karis up in front, and Katrina running a top 14 spot, all we have to do is have our 4-5 put together the races I know we can and we’ll do very well.”
Finishing fourth and fifth for the Lady Mustangs were Micayla Frankian (Saugus, CA) in 19:38, just seconds off her personal best, and Hayley Parkinson (Canyon Country, CA) who completed the course in 20 minutes flat. Sophomore Jessica Hawley (Santa Clarita, CA) also had a great day, taking over 30 seconds off her lifetime best.
The TMC women are currently ranked third in the GSAC and 13th in the NAIA. One week from now, they will have their first opportunity to face Biola head to head. The Eagles are currently first in the GSAC and fifth nationally. The ladies are looking forward to their chance to see how they will stack up against the rest of the conference at the West Coast Jamboree, to be hosted by Biola at Irvine Regional Park on October 20th.