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TMC Insider: 2014 golf season also kicks off

Posted: February 9, 2014 10:04 p.m.
Updated: February 9, 2014 10:04 p.m.
 

In its first event of 2014, The Master’s College golf team returned to play last Monday and Tuesday by placing third overall with a combined team score of 895 (305-299-291) at the CSU San Marcos Spring Invitational.

Of the 12 competing schools, the Mustangs finished 10 strokes behind sixth-ranked CSU San Marcos (885), and 21 strokes behind tournament winner and No. 8 Texas Wesleyan (874).

Leading the Mustangs’ efforts was senior Thane Ringler, who placed second overall by shooting an even par 216 (69-74-73). Giving a nod to the greener side of the Mustangs’ roster was freshman standout Joey Downey, who tied for ninth with an overall score of 223 (78-74-71).

Now, the Mustangs will travel to Victoria, Texas, to compete at the UHV Claude Jacobs Intercollegiate on the greens of the Victoria Country Club from February 16-17.

Baseball:

Ryan Shackelford hit a go-ahead home run, Jon Popadics drove in two more, and six pitchers contributed to a four-hit effort as The Master’s College zeroed out Claremont 5-0 on Tuesday afternoon in non-conference play.

On Friday, Bryce Clancy scored the go-ahead run on an error in the top of the ninth and reliever Jason Karkenny made it stand up as The Master’s College squeaked by No. 9 Concordia 4-3 in the first game of a key GSAC weekend series.

And on Saturday, the No. 12 Mustangs split games in a double-header with Concordia.

The split was the second in as many weekends for the Mustangs, who left Irvine with their fifth straight series victory, improving to 13-2 overall and 7-2 in the GSAC, where they enjoy a game-and-a-half lead over second-place San Diego Christian and Vanguard.

Now, after being on the road the past two weekends, the Mustangs return home next weekend to host Vanguard in a three-game series on Reese Field that starts Friday afternoon at 2:00pm.

Women’s Basketball:

Megan Lindsley scored a career-high 24 points and led The Master’s College women’s basketball team past conference opponent Arizona Christian (5-17, 0-8 GSAC) with an 80-54 victory Saturday afternoon in Phoenix.

In rebounding from Tuesday’s 99-89 loss against No. 1 Vanguard University, the ninth-ranked Lady Mustangs’ 2013-14 record improved to 18-5, with a 6-2 record in GSAC play.

Lindsley highlighted TMC’s scoring with 24 points, shooting 8-for-14 from the field, 4-for-10 from behind the arc, and 4-for-5 on free throw attempts. Following Lindsley, TMC’s Jacquelyn Marshall scored 19 points, while Olivia Thompson scored 10 more.

Overall, the Lady Mustangs shot 37 percent from the field, and 77 percent from the free throw line.

Upon their return to the Golden State, the Lady Mustangs will set their sights on Tuesday’s game against Concordia. Tipoff is set for 5:30 p.m. at Bross Court in The MacArthur Center.

Men’s Basketball:

The Master’s College men’s basketball team fell to GSAC rival Arizona Christian 81-70 Saturday afternoon in Phoenix. Earlier in the week, the squad suffered a 77-56 loss to Vanguard.

With the losses, the Mustangs’ 2013-14 record fell to 14-9, and 2-6 in conference play.

Things don’t get any easier for the Mustangs as the squad now hosts No. 22 Concordia on Tuesday night at Bross Court. Tipoff is set for 7:30 p.m.

Women’s Indoor Track:

On Saturday, The Master’s College women’s indoor track team made school history by competing at the Westmont Sunshine Indoor track meet for the first time.

Highlighting the Lady Mustangs’ efforts was Hannah Kellerman who finished first in the 3000 meter run with a final time of 10 minutes and 12.89 seconds. Kellerman’s time qualified her for the NAIA’s “A” standard in the 3k at the indoor track nationals.

Rachel Ingoldsby, Morgan Pedrick, Ayla Draper, and Kellerman represented the Lady Mustangs as TMC’s Distance Medley Relay team and produced a first-place finish in 12:29.71.  On top of winning the event, the squad hit the NAIA’s “A” standard for indoor track and set a school record along the way.

In the One Mile Run, Hollie Larsen placed second overall with a time of 5:23.47. Kartina Graham finished fifth in 5:28.48, while Micayla Frankian finished in seventh place in 5:31.00.

Finally, in the 400 meter dash, Pedrick placed eighth overall in 1:04.00.

Now, the Lady Mustangs will focus on their next and final indoor track competition of the 2014 campaign – the CMS Rossi Relays.  The event will take place in Claremont on February 22 at 1:20 p.m.

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