March 10, 2013
FULLERTON, Calif. – The Lady Mustang track team competed for the first time since the Surf City Half Marathon in early February on Saturday night at the 2013 Ben Brown Invitational at Cal State Fullerton. The event hosted a myriad of the nation’s top talent, including athletes from NCAA Division I, II, and III teams.
Ayla Draper (Visalia, CA) opened up the Lady Mustangs' first day of competition in tremendous fashion by running the 400-meter hurdles in 63.85 seconds, the third-fastest time at the event. Draper's time made her the first "A" national qualifier of the day for the Lady Mustangs. As a result, Draper secured her second trip to the 2013 NAIA Outdoor Track & Field National Championships to be held May 23-25 in Marion, Indiana,
Besides Draper, all other active runners for the Lady Mustangs competed in the 5000-meter event where freshman Karis Frankian (Saugus, CA) posted a school-record time of 17 minutes, and 15.14 seconds. Frankian’s time was 30 seconds under the "A" national qualifying time, securing a spot to nationals, too.
Katrina Graham (Riverside, CA) ran the event in a personal-best 17:49.78 and finished under the provisional “B” NAIA national qualifying standard time. Graham will join Karis Frankian at the national championships in the 5000 meters and potentially the 10,000 meters, according to head coach Zach Schroeder.
Hannah Kellerman (Sartell, MN), who has been recovering from a sprained ankle, followed with a time of 18:02.64, Micayla Frankian (Saugus, CA) finished the event in 19:10.0, and Jessica Hawley (Canyon Country, CA) posted a time of 21:51.52..
The Lady Mustangs now look to compete at the Occidental Relays on March 15, in Eagle Rock, California.
To view photos from the 5000 meter event, click here.