November 9, 2013
COSTA MESA, Calif. – On a foggy Saturday morning, The Master’s College women’s cross country team competed when it counted most and produced a second-place team finish at the GSAC Conference Championship.
After missing nationals by one point the previous year, the 7th-ranked Lady Mustangs were vying to upset No.3 nationally ranked Biola after consistently placing close behind them during the season. The Lady Mustangs’ performance resulted in new school records for both the team and Hannah Kellerman.
Kellerman (Sartell, MN) and sophomore Karis Frankian (Saugus, CA) led the Lady Mustangs by fighting side-by-side against Biola, and finished strong by placing 3rd and 4th overall with times of 17 minutes and 32 seconds and 17:38 for the 5,000 meter course, respectively.
Freshman Rachael Ingoldsby (St. John’s, FL) and senior Katrina Graham (Riverside, CA) had breakthrough races finishing 6th and 8th with times of 18:05 and 18:17. The remaining Lady Mustangs weren’t far behind and aided heavily to the team’s second-place finish. Notably, Kellerman, Frankian, Ingoldsby, and Graham achieved All-Conference honors.
Commenting on the women’s race, TMC head cross country coach Zach Schroeder stated, “I couldn’t have asked for more from our women today. We came out hoping to upset Biola and came extremely close. Earlier this year, Biola beat us by over forty points. Today we only lost by four. These girls have done more work than any team I’ve ever coached; it resulted in a huge performance from our numbers three, four, and five. Rachael and Charity had breakout performances today.”
In just over two weeks, the women will conclude their season by toeing the line at the NAIA National Cross Country Championships in Lawrence, Kansas on Saturday, November 23, at 10:30 a.m.
“If we race at nationals the way we did today, we have a great chance of finishing on the podium, and I’m excited to see what they do two weeks from now.”