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TMC Insider: Big weekends on the track

Posted: April 6, 2014 9:43 p.m.
Updated: April 6, 2014 9:43 p.m.
 

The Master’s College women’s track and field team produced high marks over the weekend at both the San Francisco Distance Carnival and the Stanford Invitational, while Mustang baseball continued to struggle in GSAC play, and TMC golf finished its season at the Bash at the Beach Tournament in Daytona Beach, Fla.

Women’s Track and Field

Karis Frankian put The Master’s College women’s track team on the map Friday morning by winning the 10,000-meter race at the San Francisco Distance Carnival on the campus of San Francisco State University.

Frankian finished the race in 35 minutes, 37.19 seconds. Right on her heels was Eastern Washington’s Sarah Reiter, finishing in 35:56.49. Notably, Frankian’s time bests her personal record by 49 seconds, setting a new school record along the way.

Frankian’s time also clears the NAIA’s “A” Standard qualifying mark (37:30.00), earning her a spot to compete at the NAIA National Championships in May.

Morgan Pedrick finished the 1,500-meter run by setting a new personal best in 4:48.18. The freshman harrier placed seventh out of 14 in her heat. Pedrick’s time was not only a new personal best, but the fourth-fastest time in the Lady Mustangs’ record book.

That same day, Hannah Kellerman was the lone representative for Lady Mustangs at the Stanford Invitational.

Competing in the eighth heat of the women’s 1500-meter run, Kellerman placed seventh with a time of 4:38.42.

Looking ahead, the Lady Mustangs will be competing next at the Pomona Pitzer Invitational on April 12.

Baseball

Last Tuesday, The Master’s College baseball team took a break from its conference schedule by hosting La Sierra University. In the doubleheader, TMC bested the Golden Eagles 14-1 in the opener and 7-2 in the nightcap.

On Friday, the Mustangs got back to work by traveling to Costa Mesa for a weekend series against Vanguard University. The series started off rough as the 24th-ranked Lions topped No. 14 TMC 3-2 in 11 innings.

But on Saturday, TMC’s Conner Menez twirled six shutout innings and his teammates made him a winner with three runs in the top of the seventh as the Mustangs salvaged a doubleheader split with Vanguard, beating the Lions 3-1 in the nightcap after dropping a 5-3 decision in the opener.

The Mustangs (30-12 overall, 18-12 GSAC) dropped 2 1/2 games behind surging first-place San Diego Christian (19-8 GSAC) which swept a weekend series from Arizona Christian.

The third-place Mustangs (half a game ahead of Concordia) now take some time off before welcoming Arizona Christian to Placerita Canyon next weekend for another key series. Friday’s game will begin at 3 p.m. at Reese Field.

Men’s Golf

TMC’s season came to a close Sunday afternoon after the squad wrapped things up at the Bash at the Beach Tournament in Daytona Beach, Fla.

In the season finale, TMC placed 12th of 13 after carding a team score of 604 (306-298).

Mustang teammates Thane Ringler and Josh Gardella tied for 39th after notching 150 as their final scores. Nolan Sand and Joseph Downey tied for 49th after shooting 153. Josh Oakes rounded things out by carding a final score of 161 (78-83).

The Mustangs will graduate Ringler, Oakes, Sand and Matthew Kim. The seniors earned TMC an NAIA Regional Championship title a year ago.

Now, as the Mustangs make their way back home from Florida, the squad looks to a potentially successful 2014-15 season as head coach Jason Semelsberger has signed four key additions to compete under the banner of The Master’s College.

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