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TMC Insider: Markings of champions

Posted: April 27, 2014 10:53 p.m.
Updated: April 27, 2014 10:53 p.m.
 

Last week was very eventful for The Master’s College athletics as its men’s and women’s track and field teams posted quality marks at the Golden State Athletic Conference Championships, the baseball team tried for a second consecutive conference championship title, and the men’s basketball team gained a new head coach.

Men’s Track and Field

TMC dominated the GSAC Track and Field Championships by claiming a handful of conference titles and All-GSAC honors.

Josh Sherfey and Tyler Tockstein led the way in the 10,000 meters, placing first and third in the event with blazing times of 31 minutes, 45 seconds and 32 minutes, 8 seconds, respectively. Matthew Crichton placed third both in the 1,500 and 800 meters with times of 4:03 and 1:56.

Women’s Track and Field

All of The Master’s College’s hard training came to fruition as the Lady Mustangs claimed both conference titles and All-GSAC honors at the GSAC Track and Field Championships.

The Lady Mustangs’ 4x800 relay team, consisting of Rachael Ingoldsby, Hollie Larsen, Hannah Kellerman, and Morgan Pedrick, clinched a close win by completing the event with a total time of 9:23.

Later on, a group consisting of Katrina Graham, Charity Schroeder and Micayla Frankian all ran the 10,000 meter run in times of 38:50, 39:18, and 39:19, respectively. However, placing first in the event was Karis Frankian who finished in 37:22.02.

Kellerman bagged the win in the 1,500 meters, running a time of 4:44.16. Larsen ran a great effort in the same race running a time of 4:59.

Ayla Draper handily won the 100 hurdles in a time of 15.01. Later on, she placed a close second in the 400 hurdles in 66.04.

The Lady Mustangs made a clean sweep by placing first through third in the 5,000 meters where Karis Frankian bagged her second win, running a great time of 17:31.

Up next, both the men’s and women’s track and field teams will sharpen up for nationals competing at the Occidental Invitational on May 10 in Eagle Rock.

Baseball

It was all there for the taking. A second straight GSAC regular-season championship. Hosting the conference tournament for the second year in a row.

All The Master’s College needed to do was sweep Westmont. On Friday, TMC earned a 13-3 commanding win over the Warriors. The next day, the Mustangs took care of business in game one, shutting out the Warriors 2-0 behind Tommy Kister. However, Westmont wasn’t so accommodating in the nightcap, taking an early lead and cruising to an 8-4 victory.

The Mustangs’ eighth GSAC twinbill split of the season, coupled with San Diego Christian’s sweep of Biola, secured the regular-season crown for the Hawks and the host role for the conference tournament. The NAIA 12th-ranked Mustangs, who will enter the tourney as the No. 2 seed, finished the regular season at 37-14 overall and 23-13 in GSAC play.

Now, the Mustangs get ready to defend another crown, this one of the conference tournament variety. The three-day event begins on Thursday in El Cajon.

Men’s Basketball

Last Tuesday, the search ended for the men’s basketball head coaching position at The Master’s College, as Ken Sugarman was hired to take the reins of the Mustangs.

On top of being an alumnus of The Master’s College (1992) where he was a member of the men’s basketball team, Sugarman is no stranger to the campus as he previously served as the head basketball coach for the women’s basketball program from 1995 to 2008. During that time, his teams posted a cumulative record of 265-151 and 88-52 in GSAC play.

While at the helm of the Lady Mustangs, Sugarman served as the NAIA National Rater Oversight Committee Chair, achieved a program-best 28 wins on two separate occasions (1999, 2006), made seven NAIA National Tournament appearances, claimed two GSAC Tournament Championship titles, led the Lady Mustangs to an NAIA Top 25 ranking over 10 straight years, and coached the Lady Mustangs to an NAIA Fab Four appearance in 2006. Academically, under Sugarman’s tutelage, the Lady Mustangs posted a 100 percent graduation rate for four-year attendees.

Mustang basketball went 19-12 (6-8 GSAC) last season, and should be able to build upon those competitive results. Under the direction of Sugarman, the TMC’s 2014-15 roster and game schedule will be finalized in the coming months.

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