The Lady Mustangs ran their way into the history books with their highest finish in program history. The women’s team finished 4th overall, just seconds behind #12 ranked Westmont College and #8 Biola. Winning the meet for the women was Azusa Pacific, setting a new team time record of 1:28:56 on the 5k course.
Currently ranked 13th nationally, the Lady Mustangs are likely to become the first women’s cross country team from The Master’s College to qualify for the NAIA National Championship meet. Hoping to join the men’s team on the plane, the ladies will have to wait until tomorrow’s final top 25 coaches’ poll is released to know for certain they have qualified. In most cases, a women’s team ranked 18th or higher before the final rating will secure an at large bid.
Leading the way for TMC’s women’s squad was Holly Kopp, finishing 5th overall (18:02), followed by Sarah Pattison (18:29), and Hannah Kellerman (18:33); 14th and 15th respectively. With these performances, Kopp and Pattison became the first women in TMC history to claim All-GSAC Honors. Completing the score for the women’s squad was Katrina Graham (19:07) and Micayla Frankian (19:35).
As anticipated, it has been a truly historic year for Lady Mustang Cross Country. Stay tuned for tomorrow’s release of the final top 25 poll.