September 29, 2012
PALO ALTO, Calif. - The Lady Mustangs stepped on the line today at the Stanford Invitational with the goal of beating #12 NAIA ranked Southern Oregon. Currently ranked 14th in the polls, the TMC squad proved today that they are a better team than their current ranking reflects, soundly defeating Southern Oregon by over 5 minutes team time. “We did what we came out here to do,” Coach Schroeder said. “I believe our ladies are a top 10 team, and today’s performance really demonstrates they’re worthy of a higher position in the national rating. They’ve done a ton of work and it’s exciting to see that work manifesting itself in competition.”
Finishing first for the Master’s women was freshman Karis Frankian, running 22:03 on the 6k course. Frankian looked smooth and strong running the extra kilometer beyond the usual 5000m distance. Frankian was the 8th freshman to finish among a field of tough NCAA division I and II competition and 42nd overall.
TMC’s Katrina Graham had a breakout race, finishing 2nd for the Mustangs today. Running patiently throughout the first half of the race, Graham ran a quality final mile, crossing the line in 22:40. “I’m stoked to see Katrina closing the gap on the front of our team. This is exactly what we need to continue to do in order to finish the way we’re hoping at nationals,” Coach Schroeder said.
Just three seconds back from Graham was teammate Hannah Kellerman, finishing the race in 22:43. After a phenomenal effort last weekend at the Mustang Challenge, Kellerman had a somewhat off day. Nonetheless, Coach Schroeder is confident Kellerman will return to the front with Frankian two weeks from now at the Bronco Invitational in Santa Clara.
Continuing to move up, as predicted by Schroeder, Micayla Frankian and Hayley Parkinson completed the score for the squad today, with times of 24:13 and 24:19 respectively. Running together throughout the race, the two women worked to put 3 of Southern Oregon’s top five runners behind them. “I loved what I saw from our four & five today,” Schroeder said. “Their minds stayed engaged the entire race and they were very aware of their competition. Hayley and Micayla are both great racers. Obviously we have a very strong 1-3, and with these two closing up on the front the way I believe they’ll continue to do, I think we might surprise some teams at Conference.”
With the GSAC Championships a little more than a month away, the Lady Mustangs look better than ever and are excited to toe the line in two weeks at the Bronco Invitational in Santa Clara, CA, where they will once again go head to head against strong DI competition.