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The Master's College 2012-13 Year in Review: Banner year

Posted: June 22, 2013 10:43 p.m.
Updated: June 22, 2013 10:43 p.m.

The Master's College's Jacquelyn Marshall (23) helped TMC reach the NAIA National Tournament.

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This athletic season will be remembered for a lot of reasons at The Master’s College.

The 2012-2013 campaign was one filled with breakthroughs, milestones and an overall rewriting of the school record books.

A total of 11 Mustangs were recognized as at least honorable mentions on NAIA All-American teams.

As an individual, Gilbertson topped them all, winning NAIA national championships in both cross country and the 5,000-meter race in track and field.
In addition to his two titles, Gilbertson added a third place finish in the 10,000-meter NAIA final.

Before this season, TMC alumnus Jeff Jackson was the only individual national champion in school history after he won the NAIA marathon title in 2010.

As the current Mustangs, Anthony Pizzo, Karis Frankian and Hannah Kellerman also notched All-American honors in cross country.

The men’s cross country team won its third straight Golden State Athletic Conference title and finished eighth in the NAIA championships.

On the women’s side, the cross country team didn’t qualify for nationals, but Kellerman qualified as an individual and finished fourth in the nation.

Both Frankian and Kellerman doubled as track and field All-Americans, with Frankian earning the honor in the 10,000-meter NAIA final and Kellerman doing so in the 1,500-meter.

Ayla Draper was the final TMC runner to win All-American status with her seventh-place finish in the 400 hurdles NAIA final.

But runners weren’t the only ones to gain national recognition this season.

TMC’s baseball team put together one of its best seasons in school history, winning its first GSAC crown since 2003 and earning a spot in its first NAIA World Series since 2000.

The Mustangs had to win their NAIA Championship Opening Round tournament to qualify for the NAIA World Series, which took place in Lewiston, Idaho.

Playing in a 10-team, double-elimination bracket for the World Series title, TMC won its opening game against Northwood of Texas, but lost its next two to eventual champion Faulkner of Alabama and Lewis-Clark State of Idaho.

In the end, the Mustangs finished 44-17, which crushed the previous school record of 37 wins in a season.

Along the way, sophomore power-hitting outfielder Steven Karkenny gained NAIA All-American first-team honors while Mustang ace left-handed pitcher A.J. Work was an All-American honorable mention.

Karkenny was also the GSAC Player of the Year and Work was the conference Pitcher of the Year while 16th-year TMC head coach Monte Brooks was named conference Coach of the Year.

The only other Mustang to gain All-American first-team honors was junior golfer Thane Ringler, who earned his second straight All-American selection.

Ringer and the golf team also won an NAIA Regional Championship, but didn’t compete at the NAIA National Championship despite qualifying for it.

As for surprising results this season, the women’s volleyball team reached its first NAIA National Championship tournament in program history under third-year head coach Bobby Blanken.

Blanked was named GSAC Coach of the Year, while junior outside hitter Sam Dougherty was named second-team NAIA All-American. The Mustangs made it to the single-elimination portion of the tournament, which features the final 12 teams in the nation.

In the winter, TMC women’s basketball followed with an NAIA National tournament appearance of its own. It was the team’s first since 2008 and it was earned with a 25-win regular season that saw the Mustangs reach as high as eighth place in the NAIA Division I rankings.

TMC ended up 25-6 for the season after a loss to Carroll College of Montana in the first round of the national tournament.

Junior forward Jacquelyn Marshall was an NAIA All-American second-team selection and senior guard Lena Rivera was an honorable mention.

It was a successful season for Mustang women’s sports despite the school going without a women’s tennis team this season after TMC discontinued the program last year.

The 2012-13 seasons proved to be transition years for TMC men’s and women’s soccer, which finished sixth and fourth in the GSAC, respectively.

Men’s basketball also failed to make any significant national tournament after an injury-plagued season led to a sixth-place finish in the GSAC.

But with the amount of overall athletic accomplishments and national recognition, this past year will go down as one for the books at TMC.


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