The Master’s University women’s indoor track & field program posted standout results at the Soka Indoor Qualifier.
Abigail Frankian, Tess Thompson, Mikala Fairchild, and Morgan Pedrick represented TMU in the DMR (Distance Medley Relay).
TMU won the event in 12 minutes and 14.29 seconds, which was one second off the meet record (12:13) and nine seconds off the school’s overall record time (12:05.77, Rossi Relays, 2016). Finally, TMU’s time met the NAIA’s “A” standard qualifying time (12:33) for the NAIA’s 37th Annual Women’s Indoor Track & Field National Championships in Johnson City, Tennessee, from March 2-14.
Individual split times in the DMR included Frankian finishing the 1200m in 3:42, Thompson running the 400m in 1:03, Fairchild completing the 800m in 2:19, and Pedrick blitzing through the 1600m with a final time of 5:08.
Commenting on Pedrick’s performance in the DMR, TMU head coach Zach Schroeder said, “Morgan’s time of 5:08 in the DMR shows how incredibly strong and fit she is this early in the year. We trained through this meet, so she definitely wasn’t on fresh legs.”
In the 4x800m, the Lady Mustangs clocked an impressive time of 9:46.81. TMU placed second in the event and met the NAIA’s “B” standard qualifying time (9:50) for the upcoming national championship meet. TMU’s performance was complied by individual times from Pedrick (2:19), Ariana Sciarra (2:28), Rylee Bishop (2:29), and Frankian (2:24).
Finally, in the 60m, Thompson ran both a new personal record and school record (8.79, Soka Indoor, 2016) after winning her heat with a final time of 8.63. Emily Hess, who was competing in her first collegiate race, finished the event in 8.88.
Further commenting on the Lady Mustangs’ brilliant performance, Schroeder said, “We really looked great today. Based on our performance this early in the year, I predict that this will be one of the most exciting track season in TMU history.”
Next Saturday, the Lady Mustangs will compete in the TMU Half Marathon in Santa Clarita.