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TMC XC earns top 15s at NAIA nationals

Women finish 14th overall, man 15th

Posted: November 23, 2013 1:17 p.m.
Updated: November 23, 2013 1:17 p.m.
 
The Master's College cross country teams completed another successful season with top-15 finishes at the NAIA Cross Country National Championships on Saturday in Lawrence, Kan.
 
The women's team, coming into the meet ranked seventh nationally, took 14th overall, and the 15th-ranked men finished 15th in the 32-team fields.
 
"All in all a great day for both teams, both squads," said Mustangs head coach Zach Schroeder. "We're really happy with how we ran."
 
But it could have been even better.
 
TMC was without the services of two of its top runners - Saugus High graduates Karis Frankian and Hollie Larsen - who were unable to run due to injury.
 
The women finished with 366 points in the 5K championship race with a combined time of 1 hour, 36 minutes and 24.09 seconds for an average time of 19:16.82.
 
No. 1 British Columbia won the national title (56 points, 1:30.36.58, 18:07.32).
 
For TMC, Katrina Graham came in 39th overall with a time of 18:40.45.
 
Hannah Kellerman (19.04.38, 77th) and Rachael Ingoldsby (19:10.80, 92nd) finished in the top 100.
 
"We know we have the potential, but today wasn't our day," Schroeder said. "We'll take the 14th place for what it is. That will serve as motivation for rebuilding this team and moving forward."
 
The men, who won their fourth straight Golden State Athletic Conference title in 2013, scored 450 points in the 8K race Saturday with a combined time of 2:10:18.12 - an average of 26:03.63.
 
Two Mustang men finished in the top 100 - Matthew Crichton (91st, 25:48.38) and John Hurd (92nd, 25:48.96).
 
"Last year we graduated four of our top five guys. There were a lot who wrote off the men, but they retooled and had great performances all year," Schroeder said. "I really think we're going to continue to climb toward the top of the nation."
 
No. 5 Oklahoma City won the national championship with 77 points (2:05:10.84, 26:03.63).
 
 
 

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