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TMC Insider: Baseball gets back on track

Posted: April 13, 2014 9:04 p.m.
Updated: April 13, 2014 9:04 p.m.

The Master's College baseball players celebrate during a game against Arizona Christian at Reese Field. Photo by Tony Berru.

 

As the school year begins to wind down, the three remaining competing athletic teams at The Master’s College all face a gauntlet of competitions that hold major postseason implications. Over the weekend, TMC baseball swept conference opponent Arizona Christian University, while members of both the men’s and women’s track teams qualified for the NAIA’s Track and Field National Championships.

Baseball

On Friday, Steve Karkenny hit a grand slam and Andrew Klausmeier tossed seven quality innings, sparking The Master’s College past Arizona Christian 8-5 Friday afternoon on Reese Field.

The next day, the Mustangs went out and swept the twin bill, using a fast start to beat the Firestorm 7-3 in the opener while rallying in the nightcap to post a 6-4 victory.

Coupled with first-place San Diego Christian’s split with Vanguard and Concordia’s split with Biola, the Mustangs move to 33-12 overall, 21-12 in the Golden State Athletic Conference and within 1 1/2 games of the conference lead. With two weeks left in regular-season play, the Mustangs have three conference games left while the other three clubs have six apiece.

The Mustangs will take a break from GSAC play this week, playing three non-conference games on Reese Field this week against Bethesda on Tuesday and a doubleheader against Cal State San Marcos on Wednesday.

Men’s Track and Field

TMC men’s track and field team racked up new personal records and a handful of individual wins at the historic Pomona Pitzer Invitational on Saturday.

Matthew Crichton, Josh Sherfey and Daniel Eller all ran the 1,500 meters with great performances, running in 3 minutes, 54.63 seconds, 3:58.53 and 4:11.31, respectively.

In the high jump, TMC’s Jason Logan ended with a height of 6 feet, 6 inches.

The 1,500 meter crew was back in the 800 meters with both Crichton and Sherfey winning their heats in respectable times of 1:56.38 and 1:58.09. Eller finished his heat with a time of 2:04.64.

The 5,000 meters was the last event which consisted of John Hurd, Tyler Tockstein, Ryan Freeman and Taylor Koh running times of 15:16, 15:24, 15:49, and 16:14. Tockstein and Koh put the icing on the cake by setting new personal records.

Looking ahead, the Mustangs will compete at the GSAC Championship meet on April 25 and 26 at Westmont College in Santa Barbara.

Women’s Track and Field

The TMC women team capped off a successful Saturday by setting multiple personal records as well as individuals win at the Pomona-Pitzer Invitational.

Ayla Draper ran the 100-meter hurdles in a blazing time of 15.1 seconds.

Draper was back at it in the 200 and 400 meter sprints. The seasoned runner placed first overall in the 400 with a time of 58.22, and then ran the 200 meter in 26.28. Draper set new personal records in both events.

Karis Frankian, just coming off her blistering 10,000 meters last week at the San Francisco Distance Carnival, placed a close second with a personal record in the 1,500 meters running a time of 4:39.55 and qualifying her next month’s NAIA Track and Field National Championships. Also qualifying for nationals was freshman Rachael Ingoldsby, who set a new personal record by completing the event in 4:41.08.

The 5,000 meters was the concluding event where Hannah Kellerman placed second running a time of 17:41.

Looking ahead, the Mustangs men and women will compete at the GSAC Championship meet on April 25 and 26 at Westmont College in Santa Barbara.

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