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TMC Insider: Track athletes surge forward

Also this week, Thane Ringler is medalist at a golf tourney

Posted: April 13, 2013 11:12 p.m.
Updated: April 13, 2013 11:12 p.m.
 

The Master’s College Mustangs golf and track and field teams displayed strong midseason performances, while the baseball team was scorched in the desert by Arizona Christian.



Men’s Golf  

On Sunday, the Mustangs wrapped up their time in Daytona Beach, Fla. at the 2013 Bash at the Beach tournament. At the end of the 36-hole, two-round tournament, the No. 11 nationally-ranked Mustangs finished fourth overall with a team score of 596 (297-299).

TMC’s Thane Ringler was named the tournament’s individual champion with a final score of 9-under 135 (66-69). Ringler’s performance also earned him all-tournament team honors.

Next up for the Mustangs is the NAIA Regional Championships at the Diamond Woods Golf Course in Monroe, Ore. The tournament will run April 15-16.


Track and Field

On Saturday, the TMC men’s and women’s track and field teams competed in the Pomona-Pitzer Invitational.  

Representing the Mustangs in the high jump was Jason Logan. Logan won his flight by clearing 6 feet, 10 3/4 inches, a lifetime best. Logan’s performance surpassed the NAIA’s “A” Standard, qualifying him for the NAIA National Championships in May.

In the 800-meter, Mustangs junior Matthew Crichton won his heat and set a new personal record in 1 minute, 57 seconds. His teammate John Gilbertson also set a new personal record at 1:53.31, and surpassed the NAIA’s “B” standard,  which qualified him for Nationals in the 800.

Gilbertson has now qualified for the 800, 1,500, 10,000 and the marathon for the NAIA National Championships in May.

Highlighting the Mustangs’ efforts in the 3,000 steeplechase was David Eller, as he finished the race in 9:12. Eller qualified for Nationals under the NAIA’s “A” standard and set a new school record along the way. Currently, Eller owns the second fastest 3,000 steeplechase time on the NAIA’s performance list.

For the Lady Mustangs, Hannah Kellerman set a new school record and new personal record as she finished the 1,500 in 4:35, which is more than 5 seconds under the NAIA’s “A” standard.

TMC freshman Karis Frankian set a new personal record as she finished her race in 4:40.65, just short of the NAIA’s “A” Standard.

Older sister and TMC junior Micayla Frankian completed the 5000, finishing in 18:53, 17 seconds faster than her previous personal best record.

Lastly for the Mustangs, Ayla Draper won her heat in the 100 hurdles in 15.17.   



Baseball

After earning a No. 6 ranking in the NAIA Baseball Coaches’ Top 25 Poll this week, TMC hit a road bump this weekend in their pursuit of a Golden State Athletic Conference regular-season title, losing all three games at Arizona Christian.

All three Mustang starters, A.J. Work (8-4), James Scott (5-4) and Tyler Elrod (7-3), who have been so dependable throughout the 2013 campaign, were roughed up by the Arizona. TMC lost by scores of 15-4, 7-0 and 13-3.

Not only did the Mustangs (32-14 overall, 22-11 GSAC) suffer their first series sweep of the season but coupled with second-place Concordia’s twin-bill split with Biola, they watched their once firm hold on first place in the conference slip to 1 1/2 games over Concordia. In fact, both clubs are tied in the loss column with the Mustangs having three GSAC games remaining while the Eagles have six.

Returning to Southern California, the Mustangs will remain on the road next weekend when they play a non-conference, three-game series at Cal State San Marcos.

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