Women's 2013 Cross Country Schedule Announced
July 10, 2013
SANTA CLARITA, Calif. – The Master’s College women’s cross country program has announced its 2013 schedule.
“The girls have a team goal of being the first team to win a conference title for women's sports at The Master's College,” said eighth-year head coach Zach Schroeder. “I believe our schedule will give them a great look at the conference early so that we will know exactly what we have to do at the GSAC championships to bring home the title. The spotlight will certainly be on our women's program as we have had great progression and will be one of the best collegiate teams in California.”
The Lady Mustangs will open their season on Saturday, September 7, at the UC Irvine Invitational.
On September 21, the squad will stay local and compete at its second annual home event, The Mustang Challenge, at Santa Clarita’s Central Park.
Seven days later on September 28, the Lady Mustangs will make the trip to Palo Alto for the elite Stanford Invitational.
October will consist of two crucial races for the squad: the Vanguard Invitational on the 12th and the NAIA West Coast Jamboree on the 26th.
Both races will serve as a barometer for the team as it enters the always-competitive GSAC Championships on November 9.
Finally, on Saturday, November 23, the squad looks to compete at the NAIA National Championship in Rim Rock Farm, Kansas.
The 2013 season will boast a seasoned roster for the Lady Mustangs who return all six veterans to go along with four new recruits signed in the offseason.
“The Lady Mustangs have an opportunity to win conference this year and be a top contender in the nation,” said Schroeder. “Being led by team captains Hannah Kellerman and Karis Frankian, we will be very strong with two quality frontrunners. The secret to our team will be the depth we will boast this year as we have four newcomers who will really add depth to the critical three, four, and five spots. With a strong field the Lady Mustangs will no doubt be the best team we have ever fielded in program history.”
Last season, the squad laid the foundation for what looks to be a strong future. While the complete women's team was not granted an at-large bid to compete together at the national championships, Kellerman, Katrina Graham, and Frankian ran strong races and represented The Master’s College extremely well. Both Kellerman and Frankian earned NAIA All-American honors and are expected to lead the Lady Mustangs for what is being projected as the strongest squad in program history.
To view the 2013 women’s cross country schedule, click here.