November 3, 2012
IRVINE, Calif. - Putting together another great team performance, The Master's College women’s cross country team finished 4th today at the GSAC championship meet held at Irvine Regional Park; the top three of their squad earning All GSAC honors. Finishing just one point behind #8 ranked Westmont, the Mustangs’ 4th place finish should be strong enough to secure an at-large berth to the NAIA national championships. Biola won the meet (there second consecutive conference title) and will receive an automatic berth as the 2012 conference champions. Nationally ranked #16 Concordia upset the field and finished 2nd, followed by Westmont in 3rd (#8) and Master’s in 4th (#13). All four teams have been ranked in the top 25 this season and are expected to advance to the national meet.
TMC’s Hannah Kellerman (Sartell, MN) was this year’s individual conference champion runner up, finishing a close 2nd behind Rocio Pelayo of Concordia. Posting an all-time school best on the Irvine course, Kellerman ran an exceptional race and finished in 18 minutes and 1 second. “I couldn’t have asked for a better race out of Hannah,” Coach Schroeder said. “If I could go back and change anything about the way she raced today, I wouldn’t change a thing. She ran smart and strong. I honestly thought she was going to win it, but the Concordia girl found another gear during the last mile of the race. It was a great race from both women. I can’t wait to see what Kellerman does at nationals. I’m expecting a big race.”
Finishing 2nd for the Mustangs and 4th overall was freshman Karis Frankian (Saugus, CA) in 18 minutes and 20 seconds, just 4 seconds back from Biola standout Kellian Hunt. TMC’s Katrina Graham (Riverside, CA) had an outstanding race, finishing 3rd for the squad and 9th overall (18 minutes, 41 seconds). Kellerman, Frankian and Graham earned All GSAC honors; this is the first time in TMC history three women’s cross country athletes have been named on the All GSAC team.
Rounding out the score for the TMC squad was Micayla Frankian (Saugus, CA) in 19 minutes and 50 seconds, and Hayley Parkinson (Canyon Country, CA) in 20 minutes and 46 seconds.
The Lady Mustangs will have to wait until Sunday evening on November 4thto find out whether or not they will be joining the men’s team at the National Championships in Vancouver, WA on November 17th.