November 17, 2012
VANCOUVER, Wash. – Three members of the Lady Mustangs' cross country team toed the line at the 33rd Annual NAIA Women's Cross Country National Championship held at the Fort Vancouver National Historic Site in Vancouver, Washington.
While the complete women's team was not granted an at-large bid to compete together at the national championships, Hannah Kellerman (Sartell, MN), Katrina Graham (Riverside, CA), and freshman standout Karis Frankian (Saugus, CA) ran a strong race and represented The Master’s College extremely well.
In what was deemed as the strongest year in program history by Mustang cross country coach Zach Schroeder, the trio of TMC runners capitalized on the opportunity to compete against the best teams in the NAIA.
Crossing the finish line first for the Mustangs in the 5K event was Kellerman who turned in a top 10 finish with a time of 17:57, good for eighth place.
Following Kellerman was freshman phenom Karis Frankian who finished the race 26th in 18:26, running a 5:56 mile along the way.
Completing the day in the top 30, both Kellerman and Frankian earned All-American honors.
Finally, Katrina Graham crossed the finish line 59th out of the 328 competitors, running the course in 19 minutes.
“We’re all looking to have our best times, which is what you want right now at the end of the season,” commented Coach Schroeder.
The Lady Mustangs now enter the off-season, looking to develop their squad with what appears to be their best recruiting class, a group of solid performers that will aid the squad for years to come.