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TMC Insider: Back in the Spring of things

Posted: March 16, 2014 10:40 p.m.
Updated: March 16, 2014 10:40 p.m.
 

Even though last week was spring break at The Master’s College, the Mustangs were hard at work setting new personal bests on the track, playing for conference tournament titles on the basketball court, and taking on conference rivals on the baseball diamond.

Men’s Track and Field

On Friday, The Master’s College men’s track and field team debuted on the track at the Occidental Distance Carnival, resulting with overall great success by setting a plethora of new personal records.

Matthew Crichton was the first Mustang for the men to compete in the 1,500 meter race, finishing ninth overall with a time of time of 3 minutes, 55.67 seconds, and qualifying for the 2014 NAIA Track and Field National Championship under the “B” standard.

The 3,000-meter steeplechase was the highlight of the day where Michael Sciarra won his race in a time of 10:09.76, while Josh Sherfey ran a close time of 10:18.92.

Taylor Koh ran a personal best in the 5,000-meter race, finishing in 16:27.44. John Hurd rounded out the night by running the 10K in a time of 34:12.17.

The men look to the Westmont Classic in Santa Barbara to race a big effort on March 29.

Women’s Track and Field

Conditions were prime when The Master’s College women’s track and field team toed the line on Friday at the Occidental Distance Carnival where qualifying marks were hit and personal bests were met.

The race kicked off with freshman Rachael Ingoldsby finishing seventh overall while running her first 1,500-meter race in a blistering time of 4:43.70, only one second off of the qualifying mark for nationals.

The 5,000 race was loaded with both
Hannah Kellerman and Karis Frankian running qualifying times for the NAIA National Championship in 17:21.92, and 17:21.9, finishing eighth and ninth, respectively.

Hollie Larsen and Jessica Hawley set personal bests in the 5K with times of 18:58.40 and 21:38.59, respectively.

On Saturday, competing as the lone representative of The Master’s College women’s track and field program, Ayla Draper posted strong marks at the Ben Brown Invitational.

At the 100-meter hurdles, Draper finished seventh in her section with a time of 15.22 seconds.

Shortly after, Draper rebounded with a stellar performance in the 400-meter hurdles by hitting the NAIA’s “B” standard after completing the event in 64.11.

The Lady Mustangs will continue their season on the track at the Westmont Classic in Santa Barbara on March 29.

Baseball

Joe Riddle drove in the go-ahead run and Jason and Steve Karkenny provided clutch relief to rally The Master’s College past Biola 8-5 Friday afternoon in La Mirada.

The next day, Karkenny socked a home run and drove in three runs and Andrew Klausmeier pitched six strong innings to lift the Mustangs past Biola 7-1 in the second game of the day’s doubleheader in La Mirada, earning TMC a split with the Eagles, who won the opener 6-4.

The fifth twin bill split of the season gave the Mustangs their ninth series win of the campaign as they improved to 25-6 overall and 15-6 in the GSAC where they maintained a slim, half-game lead over San Diego Christian (14-6 GSAC).

Now, the Mustangs gear up for a midseason showdown with San Diego Christian. The Hawks, who dropped two of three to The Master’s in early February in El Cajon, travel up to Newhall next weekend for an important three-game series. The first pitch will be thrown at 3 p.m. Friday on Reese Field.

Women’s Basketball

Just one day after falling to Hope International 64-59 in the GSAC Tournament Championship, the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) announced the 32-team field for the 34th annual NAIA Division I Women’s Basketball National Championship. The event will be held for the third straight year at the Frankfort Convention Center in Frankfort, Ky., March 19-25.

TMC will face Bethel of Tennessee in the first round of the tournament on Wednesday. Tip-off is set for 7:15 a.m. Pacific Time.

Currently boasting a 24-8 record, the seventh-ranked Lady Mustangs enter the bracket with an at-large No. 2 bid. It will be TMC’s ninth appearance in the tournament.

As for the Wildcats, Bethel received a No.13 seed for the tournament after going 21-10 (14-6 Southern States Athletic Conference) on the season and will be making its fifth appearance in the national tournament.

The last time the two squads faced each other was Nov. 19, 2011, when the Lady Mustangs upset the then-sixth-ranked Wildcats 80-70 in Jackson, Tenn.

Last year, TMC finished third in the GSAC and earned a No. 12 postseason ranking in the NAIA. A 25-5 regular season record qualified the Lady Mustangs for their first trip in five years to the national tournament where they were knocked out in the first round by Carroll of Montana.

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