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TMC notebook: More mixed results

Teams up and down; NAIA honor earned

Posted: October 23, 2010 11:32 p.m.
Updated: October 24, 2010 4:55 a.m.

The Master's College has earned the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics Champions of Character Five Star Award for integrity, respect, responsibility, sportsmanship and servant leadership, the NAIA announced last week.

Schools were graded in five categories - character training, conduct in competition, academic focus, character recognition and character promotion - earning up to 100 points between them.

The Mustangs surpassed the 60-point requirement for the honor with a 69.

The Golden State Athletic Conference, which TMC competes in, was named a Champions of Character Five Star Conference.

A total of 208 college and universities and 21 conferences earned the achievement.

The Mustangs took the field this week with their newly bestowed recognition and found mixed results.

Cross Country
The Mustang men, who entered the Biola Invitational ranked 19th in the NAIA earned a 1-2-3 sweep on Saturday at Irvine Regional Park in Irvine. John Gilbertson took first place on the 8K-course with at time of 24:54.2, followed by teammate Jeff Jackson (24:54.9) and Anthony Pizzo (24:59.1). Despite achieving the fastest overall team time (2:08:13.50), TMC finished second to Cal State San Marcos on points, 45-64.

One of head coach Zach Schroeder's chief concerns over the last few weeks has been the establishment of the team's No. 4 and 5 runners. On Saturday, the Mustangs got solid contributions from Josiah Downer (26th, 26:26.8) and Nathan Seyler (36th, 26:58.5) in both positions.

On the women's side, Hannah Kellerman and Hayley Parkinson continued their pursuits toward the national race, finishing 21st and 28th, respectively.

Kellerman ran an 18:39, while Parkinson finished in 18:48.7. Meanwhile, Sarah Pattison posted a personal-best time of 19:26.7, finishing in 44th.

TMC's next race is the GSAC Championships on Nov. 6 at Woodward Park in Fresno.

Men's Soccer
The Mustangs have an uphill climb ahead of them.

TMC (6-5-3, 3-4-1) has not won since a 1-0 victory over San Diego Christian on Oct. 9. Since then, they have lost two - 2-1 to Azusa Pacific and 1-0 to Vanguard - and earned a 1-1 tie to Concordia on Saturday.

"They are practicing hard and working hard," said Mustangs head coach Jim Rickard. "I think down there is just a little lack of confidence."

TMC hosts Westmont on Wednesday, but will be missing Brian Gardner, who received his fifth yellow card of the season Saturday, earning him a one-game suspension. The team will also be without defensive leader Andy Hegg, who sprained his foot against Concordia.

"He's been a leader since the day he walked on campus," Rickard said. "It strikes your confidence when you lose a guy like that."

With only two games left before the GSAC Tournament, this next week will be critical in determining the team's seeding.

The Mustangs are currently sixth in the conference.

Women's Soccer
Since a 1-0 loss to Azusa Pacific on Oct. 12, the Mustangs have rattled off two straight wins, the latest of which came Saturday 2-0 over Concordia.

The match was TMC's only contest of the week.

It was goalkeeper Amanda Diamond's ninth shutout of the season. Emily Bruton and Sierra Goff each tallied goals.

Bruton now has a conference-leading 15 goals.

The Mustangs (14-1-1, 7-1) are currently ranked fourth in the NAIA. Updated rankings will be released Tuesday, the same day the team returns to action at home against Westmont.

Men's Golf
The Mustangs' next event is the 54-hole TMC Invitational, which will be held at Robinson Ranch from Oct. 31 to Nov. 2.

A total of 12 teams will be competing at the tournament, including GSAC rivals, the University of Victoria in British Columbia, Canada, as well as members for UCLA's program.

Coming off his team's recent NCCAA title, Mustangs head coach Jason Semelsberger is focused on the task at hand.

"We just take it one tournament at a time," he said. "I know it's cliche, but it is really the truth. Each time, the slate gets wiped clean, and we go for what's in front of us. Our next tournament is right here, and we are excited to sleep in our own beds."

Women's Volleyball
TMC dropped a pair of 3-0 matches this week, losing Vanguard on Tuesday and NAIA No. 3 Biola on Saturday.

Tori Callihan led the team Tuesday with 10 kills, while Leslie Windham recorded 22 kills and Jamie Long had 16 assists.

On Saturday, Callihan again had 10 kills, and Jenna Kapuscinski had 11 kills. Windham finished with 21 digs, and Long added 19 assists.

The Mustangs played one of the top teams in the NAIA very close, only losing by two, four and three points in each game.

TMC returns to action Tuesday when it hosts 10th-ranked Concordia.



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