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TMC Insider: More national marks met

Multiple athletes qualify for NAIA Championships; men's golf leads tourney

Posted: April 6, 2013 11:00 p.m.
Updated: April 6, 2013 11:00 p.m.
 

It was another impressive week for The Master’s College’s track and field team as multiple athletes posted qualifying marks for the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics National Championships on Saturday.

In other news, the men’s golf team led a 10-team tournament in Florida headed into today’s final round and the baseball team remains red hot.



Track and Field

On Saturday, the Mustang track and field squads traveled to CSU San Marcos and competed at the 2013 Mangrum Invitational.

Micayla Frankian highlighted the Lady Mustangs’ efforts as she won her 3,000-meter heat in 11 minutes, 6.59 seconds. Younger sister Karis Frankian placed second in her heat in 10:00.10, setting a new school record along the way. Hannah Kellerman competed in the 1500 and the 800, placing fourth in the 1500 (4:39.33) to qualify her for NAIA nationals on the NAIA’s “A” standard.

In the 800m, Kellerman won her heat to the tune of 2:20.47.

Jason Logan placed first in the high jump by clearing 6 feet, 8 inches, qualifying him for the NAIA National Championships in May on the provisional “B” Standard.

Matthew Crichton won his heat in the 800 meters by clocking a time of 1:59.67 seconds.

Gilbertson, who was named the NAIA’s “Men Outdoor Track Athlete of the Week” on Wednesday, notched another first-place victory in the 1500-meter race, where he won his heat in 3:50.61. Gilbertson also placed second in the 800 with a time of 1:54.48.


Men’s Golf

On Saturday, Mustang golf, which ranks ninth in the NAIA, competed in the first round of the 2013 Bash at the Beach Tournament, hosted by Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University on the grounds of the LPGA National Golf Course in Daytona Beach, Fla.

After one round, Thane Ringler led the leaderboard by shooting a 6-under par 66. Andrew Bergoon tied for sixth place and carded a 2-over par 74, while Michael Reitz earned a 5-over 77 and tied for 24th place. John Lawson and Nolan Sand both shot 80s and tied for 40th place.

The Mustangs earned a team score of 297, placing first out of a field of 10 teams.

The 36-hole, two-round, tournament concludes today.


Baseball

In pursuit of its first conference title in 10 years, the baseball team enjoyed a perfect week, sweeping a couple of doubleheaders, including one against GSAC foe Vanguard on Saturday. While running their winning streak to five games, the seventh-ranked Mustangs improved to 32-11 overall and 22-8 in conference play, where they enjoy a 3 1/2 game lead over second-place Concordia.

The Mustangs started the week by taking down La Sierra twice, 10-0 and 10-1 on Tuesday.  

In the opener, four pitchers, including winner Daniel Sheaffer (5-1), combined for the staff’s seventh shutout of the season while senior first baseman Spencer Downs drove in four runs.

In the nightcap, the GSAC’s top run-producer Steven Karkenny backed the staff’s two-hitter with a pair of RBIs.

Returning to GSAC play over the weekend, the Mustangs methodically wore down Vanguard, never trailing in sweeping the Lions in a three-game series for the second time this season.  

On Friday, the club rode the pitching of senior left hander A.J. Work (eight innings pitched, no earned runs) and two more RBIs from Downs to a 4-1 win. It was Work’s eighth win of the campaign (8-3) and the 26th of his career, the second-most in program history, trailing only Chris Beck’s (1991-94) 28 victories.

A day later, the Mustangs swept Vanguard in a doubleheader by scores of 9-4 and 5-2.

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