September 6, 2014
IRVINE, Calif. - On Saturday, The Master’s College women’s cross country team opened its season at the UC Irvine Invitational, tying for second behind NCAA Division I Arkansas (who currently ranks seventh in the nation) while competing in brutal conditions. The Lady Mustangs entered its season opener 5k ranking 10th in the NAIA.
At the start of the race, Arkansas took control, TMC's Karis Frankian (Saugus, CA) hung on to her position, ultimately placing tenth with a final time of 18 minutes and 27 seconds.
The remaining scoring Lady Mustangs placed 25th-28th, which included sophomore Rachael Ingoldsby (St. John’s, FL), senior Charity Schroeder (Palmdale, CA), sophomore Hollie Larsen (Saugus, CA), and freshman Abigail Frankian (Saugus, CA) running times of 19:33, 19:36, 19:39, and 19:39, respectively. Larsen made a notable effort by improving her time from last year’s race by 42 seconds.
Collectively, the Lady Mustangs gathered a team time of 1:36:56.40.
“The pack of five girls was supposed to execute the plan of them staying together through the whole race, and they did that excellently,” remarked Karis Frankian. “We will hopefully stick together more in future races and progress toward the end of the season when it really counts.”
Now, The Lady Mustangs have two more weeks of hard training before they toe the line at their annual home race, The Mustang Challenge. This year’s race will include NCAA DI schools such as Sacramento State, Grand Canyon University, and UC Irvine. The meet will be held at Central Park in Santa Clarita on September 20 with the women's race scheduled for an 8:00 AM start.
To learn more about The Mustang Challenge, click here.