October 26, 2013
By Ryan Freeman, For TMC Sports Information
IRVINE, Calif. – On Saturday, the Lady Mustangs showed up big at the NAIA West Coast Jamboree both individually and as a team.
The 7th-ranked Lady Mustangs narrowly snagged a second place team finish beating No.3 Cal State San Marcos, and was not far behind No.4 Biola, who ended up finishing first.
It was a tactical race on the women’s side with sophomore Karis Frankian (Saugus, CA) breaking away and placing first overall, edging Biola’s Kellian Hunt by a fraction of two seconds with a time of 17 minutes and 48 seconds for the 5,000 meter course.
Finishing fifth, senior Hannah Kellerman (Sartell, MN) was not far behind her teammate with a time of 18:16. The overall gap between the Lady Mustang’s number one and five was only 55 seconds which culminated into a dominant force.
Head Cross Country Coach Zachary Schroeder remarked, “They stepped on the lines with high hopes and by the result today I couldn’t be happier with the way we ran and the work that we put in up to this point. We’re the underdog going into conference, but we know that we could have our David and Goliath moment two weeks from now. These girls are eyeing their first conference victory, but if they fail at that, they will still be not only one of the best teams the NAIA has this year, but the best team the college has ever fielded.”
The Lady Mustangs are just two weeks away from the GSAC Championships, one of their most climactic races so far this season, on Saturday, November 9, 2013 at 9:00 a.m. on Vanguard’s home course in Costa Mesa, CA.