The GSAC Outdoor Track and Field Conference Championships were held this weekend at Fresno Pacific University. TMC women's track was able to put together another solid performance over the two day event.
The Mustang Ladies opened up Friday afternoon with Caitlyn Ramirez and Ayla Draper competing in the first portion of the women's heptathlon. Friday's events were comprised of the 100m hurdles, 200m run, high jump and shot put. Performing well in all but the shot put, Draper and Ramirez finished day one in 1st and 2nd places respectively. The second day of the heptathlon proved to be more challenging and the pair saw their first place finish relinquished. Holding on to finish well, Ramirez took 2nd overall, and Draper finished 3rd. Both ladies earned All GSAC Honors. The heptathletes will have one more chance to post scores high enough to gain a berth to the National Championships at the Claremont Classic just two weeks away.
On Friday night, Katrina Graham and Micayla Frankian debuted in the women's 10,000m race. Both women competed well for their first time in the 25 lap event.
On Saturday in addition to the finish of the heptathlon, was the 5,000m run. Holly Kopp, though having a somewhat disappointing run, finished 7th overall. She and fellow freshman Haley Parkinson, had both previously qualified for the NAIA National Meet in the 5000m race so there remains much to look forward to for 2011.
With the Conference Championships marking the end of the 2011 track season for the majority of the lady Mustangs, it's time for those women to switch gears and get ready for a big summer of training, followed by an exciting fall. The 2011 Cross Country season is shaping up to be another milestone in the history of the women's program, with the possibility of qualifying the first ever women's cross country team to the NAIA Cross Country National Championships in November.
Caitlyn Ramirez and Ayla Draper hope to join Parkinson and Kopp in what will be the first time The Master's College has ever sent any female athletes to the national meet when they go to compete in Marion, Indiana at the end of the month.