September 7, 2013
By Ryan Freeman, for TMC Sports Information
IRVINE, Calif. - On Saturday, The Master’s College women’s cross country team toed the line at the UC Irvine Invitational in hot and humid conditions.
Senior runner Hannah Kellerman (Sartell, MN) immediately went to the front pack, and held off the remaining field to win the 5,000 meter race with a time of 17 minutes and 51.4 seconds. Making for a special family moment, Kellerman’s parents made a surprise appearance at their daughter’s first-place race.
Sophomore Karis Frankian (Saugus, CA) closed the day with a fourth-place finish in 18:31.4.
The group of the remaining Lady Mustangs finished one after the other with freshman Rachael Ingoldsby (St. Johns, FL) leading the way with the second fastest freshman time of 19:20.0 respectively. Completing the score for the Lady Mustangs were Micayla Frankian (Saugus, CA), Charity Schroeder (Palmdale, CA), Morgan Pedrick (Newhall, CA), Hollie Larsen (Saugus, CA), and Jessica Hawley (Santa Clarita, CA).
As a team, the Lady Mustangs finished second amongst thirteen other collegiate teams, bested only by NCAA Division I team, San Diego State.
“This women’s team will have a strong contention against the top teams in the nation,” observed cross country head coach Zach Schroeder.
Next up for TMC is their second annual home meet, The Mustang Challenge, in two weeks on Saturday, September 21. Race time is scheduled for 8:15 a.m. at Central Park.