Conditions were prime when The Master’s College women’s track and field team toed the line at the Occidental Distance Carnival where qualifying marks were hit and personal bests were met.
The race kicked off with freshman Rachael Ingoldsby (St. John’s, FL) finishing seventh overall while running her first 1,500-meter race in a blistering time of 4 minutes and 43.70 seconds, only one second off of the qualifying mark for nationals.
The 5,000-meter race was loaded with both Hannah Kellerman (Sartell, MN) and Karis Frankian (Saugus, CA) running qualifying times for the NAIA National Championship in 17:21.92, and 17:21.97, finishing eighth and ninth, respectively.
Hollie Larsen (Saugus, CA) and Jessica Hawley (Canyon Country, CA) set personal bests in the 5,000-meter race by running respectable times of 18:58.40 and 21:38.59, respectively.
The evening came to a close with the 10,000-meter race where Katrina Graham (Riverside, CA), Charity Schroeder (Palmdale, CA), and Micayla Frankian (Saugus, CA) ran respectable times of 38:31.50, 38:56.37, and 39:39.70.
“Hannah and Karis opened the outdoor season with great efforts,” commented head coach Zach Schroeder. “Karis is just now coming back from a broken foot and showed a ton of heart. I couldn’t have asked for more from her. Rachael was just off a qualifying time and will no doubt progress as the season continues. I expect both Rachael and Morgan to qualify next time they have the opportunity. The women’s 10k was fantastic; really strong efforts from my marathoners. Another highlight was new lifetime bests from Jessica and Hollie in the 5k. I’m very impressed with the mental composure of our girls.”
The Lady Mustangs will continue their season on the track at the Westmont Classic in Santa Barbara on March 29.
The Master’s College men’s track and field team debuted on the track at the Occidental Distance Carnival resulting with overall great success by setting a plethora of new personal records.
Matthew Crichton (Mission Viejo, CA) was the first Mustang for the men to compete in the 1,500 meter race, finishing ninth overall with a time of time of 3 minutes and 55.67 seconds, and qualifying for the 2014 NAIA Track and Field National Championship under the “B” standard.
The 3,000-meter steeplechase was the highlight of the day where Michael Sciarra (Orange, CA) won his race in a time of 10:09.76, while Josh Sherfey (Stevenson Ranch, CA) ran a close time of 10:18.92.
Taylor Koh (Rancho Santa Margarita, CA) ran a personal best in the 5,000-meter race, finishing in 16:27.44. John Hurd (Fairview, PA) rounded out the night by running the 10,000-meter distance in a time of 34 minutes and 12.17 seconds.
“Our men debuted their season in fine fashion with many efforts at or exceeding previous PR’s,” remarked head track and field coach Zachary Schroeder. “This is going to be a short season for our men’s squad this year, but we are looking forward to the experience they will gain. We are looking forward to more of our men hitting the “A” standard for nationals and joining Tyler Tockstein on the nationals team.”
The men look to the Westmont Classic in Santa Barbara to race a big effort on March 29.
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