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Frankian pulls off TMC first

Posted: April 27, 2013 8:09 p.m.
Updated: April 27, 2013 8:09 p.m.
TMC Insider: Saugus grad wins two titles; baseball to host tourney TMC Insider: Saugus grad wins two titles; baseball to host tourney
TMC Insider: Saugus grad wins two titles; baseball to host tourney

Friday and Saturday proved to be historic days for The Master’s College track and baseball teams. Five Mustang track athletes earned eight Golden State Athletic Conference championship titles, while TMC baseball nabbed its first conference title in 10 years.



The Master’s College track teams spent the last two days at Westmont College competing in the Golden State Athletic Conference Championships where five Mustang athletes earned eight different GSAC individual championship titles.

Karis Frankian made a strong showing in the 10,000 meter. Frankian placed first in the race at 37 minutes, 14.95 seconds. On top of surpassing the NAIA’s “A” standard for the event (37:30.00), Frankian’s time also established a new school record. Frankian also competed in the 5000. Frankian placed first with a 17:39.46.

Notably, Frankian’s first-place performances made her the first Lady Mustang to ever be a two-time conference champion in track.

In the 1500, Hannah Kellerman placed first with a final time of 4:44.82.

Ayla Draper represented The Master’s College in 100 hurdles by placing first with a 14.99.

John Gilbertson finished first in the 1500 finals in 3:49.79. In the 10,000, Gilbertson made his presence known by winning the event in 31:34.23. Gilbertson also placed first in the 5000 as he completed the race in 14:48.

Jason Logan was crowned the GSAC’s high jump champion when he won his flight by clearing 2.10 meters (6-10 3/4 feet), matching his lifetime-best mark along the way. Logan previously matched that mark at the Pomona-Pitzer Invite on April 13.

With the GSAC Championships in the books, the Mustangs now set their sites on the NAIA Outdoor Championships. But before they make the trek to Marion, Ind., the 2013 Oxy Invite calls for another strong performance from the squad. The meet will take place on May 4 at Occidental College.



Capping off a historic weekend, The Master’s College baseball team captured its first GSAC title in 10 years as part of a weekend sweep of Westmont. The No. 8 Mustangs won the opener 7-1 on Friday and then beat the Warriors 5-1 and 10-0 on Saturday.

The trio of victories, marking the club’s second three-game sweep of the Warriors this season, improved the Mustangs to 37-15 overall, equaling a single-season mark for victories, and 25-11 in the GSAC where they finished three games ahead of second-place and 14th-ranked Concordia. In addition to winning their first conference championship since 2003, the Mustangs also secured the host role for the upcoming GSAC Tournament.

In Friday’s series-opening win, senior ace A.J. Work went the distance for the first time in 2013, improving to 10-4 and tying him with Chris Beck (28, 1991-94) for the most wins in school history. He was backed by an offense that rapped out 11 hits and Joe Riddle and Ryan Shackelford who drove in two runs apiece.

With one of their most successful regular seasons behind them, the Mustangs now turn their attention to the conference tournament which starts Thursday on Reese Field. Concordia and San Diego Christian, the No. 2 and 3 seeds, respectively, open the tournament at 9:00 a.m., while the top-seeded Mustangs take to the diamond at noon against Arizona Christian.




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