December 29, 2013
SANTA CLARITA, Calif. -- 2013 proved to be another exciting year for The Master’s College Athletic Department. Across the board, the student-athletes of TMC produced some of the most memorable moments in school history.
The Master’s College Sports Information staff recently gathered together and assembled the quintessential list of the top moments in Mustang Athletics for 2013. Over the last ten days, we've highlighted an exciting moment that defined TMC Athletics in 2013.
1. John Gilbertson Runs To Unprecedented Heights
Capping one of the most decorated careers in the history of athletics at The Master’s College, John Gilbertson polished his elite status in the spring by winning the 5000-meter race at the 2013 NAIA Outdoor Track and Field National Championships and finishing third in the 10,000 meters. Earning All-American honors in both races, the senior became the first Mustang track athlete to do so.
In one of his finest moments earlier in the spring, Gilbertson set a then world-leading time in the 10k at the Stanford Invitational, finishing in 28:30.35. Less than a month later, Gilbertson won the same event at the 2013 GSAC Championships in a time of 31:34.23. Qualifying to run on the national stage, Gilbertson’s dazzling collegiate career concluded in June in Des Moines, Iowa, in the 10,000 meters at the 2013 USA Outdoor Track & Field Championships.
2. Baseball Wins GSAC, Plays In World Series
Skippered by Coach Monte Brooks and sparked by All-Americans Steve Karkenny and A.J. Work, the baseball team put together the finest season in program history,highlighted by the most wins in team annals (44-17), the highest Top 25 ranking ever (No. 5), the rare double of winning both the GSAC regular-season and tournament championships, qualifying for the NAIA World Series for the second time in school history, and raking in countless postseason honors.
Karkenny, a sophomore outfielder, was named GSAC Player of the Year and a first-team NAIA All-American while Work capped off a record-breaking career on the mound by being selected GSAC Pitcher of the Year and an honorable mention All-American. Brooks was rewarded for the most successful season in his 17 years at the helm when he was named GSAC Coach of the Year.
3. Sam Dougherty's All-American worthy performance at the NAIA National Tournament.
Leading The Master’s College volleyball team during its historic season that culminated in the Mustangs' second-ever NAIA National Tournament appearance, Samantha Dougherty was named to the 2013 Tachikara-NAIA Volleyball All-American Team.
The Madera, California, native landed a spot on the second team following a campaign in which she led the Mustangs to a 23-9 record, a No. 16 national ranking, and an impressive run at the national tournament. Dougherty finished the year with 513 kills, 364 digs, 51 service aces, and 33 assists. The Mustangs' ace also finished first in the Golden State Athletic Conference in kills and third in service aces.
4. Men's Cross Country - Fourth consecutive GSAC Title/Zach Schroeder Coach of the year honors.
On Saturday, November 9, Matthew Crichton, John Hurd, Joshua Sherfey, and Tyler Tockstein were named to the Men’s Cross Country All-GSAC team based on their performances in the conference championship race.
Sherfey and Hurd finished one-two for the Mustangs, placing fourth and fifth overall with times of 25 minutes and 37 seconds and 25:49 for the 8,000-meter course. Crichton and Tockstein were not far behind, placing seventh and ninth with times of 25:56 and 26:07, respectively.
Earning a first-place finish, The Master’s College won its fourth consecutive conference title. As a result, head coach Zach Schroder was named the GSAC’s “Coach of the Year” award for the fourth straight year.
5. Mustang Volleyball makes second consecutive appearance at the NAIA National Tournament. Season finished at 23-9 in quarterfinal match.
The Master’s College volleyball team’s 2013 campaign record ended at 23-9 (8-6 GSAC) after falling to the Wayland Baptist Pioneers 3-1 on Friday, December 6. At the end of the season, head coach Bobby Blanken’s collegiate coaching career improved to 87-56, and 7-4 in NAIA postseason play.
Notably, it was the second time in program history that TMC made it to bracket play at the NAIA National Tournament. The squad’s first appearance was last year when the Lady Mustangs advanced from the tournament’s pool play by besting Cal State San Marcos and Indiana Weselyan in one-set tiebreakers. The next day, the Lady Mustangs fell to the Oklahoma Baptist Bison 3-1 in single elimination play, bringing their 2012 record to a close at 27-8 (10-4 GSAC).
This year was an entirely different story as the 16th-ranked Lady Mustangs posted a 3-0 performance in the pool play portion of the tournament, earning a first-round bye in single elimination play.
In the quarterfinal meeting, TMC, which boasted the fourth seed in bracket play, faced the fifth-seeded Pioneers.
Unfortunately, the Lady Mustangs were bested by the Pioneers 3-1.
In her final game as a Mustang, Sam Dougherty concluded her brilliant collegiate career by leading all attackers with 21 kills. Senior libero Rebecca Peluffo closed her time as a Mustang student-athlete with a game-high 29 digs.
6. Women’s Basketball Returns To NAIA National Tournament
Complete with a new attitude, a rejuvenated spirit, and one of the finest recruiting classes in recent memory, women’s basketball gave fifth-year head coach Dan Waldeck a season to remember, posting 25 wins (25-6), the fourth-most in program history, finishing a strong third in the GSAC, and returning to the NAIA National Tournament for the first time in five years.
A remarkable campaign is typically punctuated by outstanding performances and there were plenty of those, especially from senior guard Lena Rivera and forward Jacquelyn Marshall. Rivera capped a stellar four-year career with the Lady Mustangs by earning her second consecutive All-GSAC honor and then adding an honorable mention NAIA All-American accolade. Marshall, a junior transfer, made a seamless transition to the Mustang frontcourt, and joined Rivera on the All-Conference squad before being named a second-team NAIA All-American.
7. Women’s Track Produces Best Season in Program History
In the 10,000-meter final at the NAIA Track & Field Championships, Karis Frankian capped off a phenomenal freshman year, finishing fourth overall with a time of 36:26.04.
Hannah Kellerman ended her third track campaign with TMC by earning All-American honors in the women’s 1500 meters. Kellerman set a new school and personal record in the final by placing sixth overall at 4:33.51. Notably, Kellerman is the first Lady Mustang in program history to earn All-American honors in the women’s 1500.
In the women’s 400 meters hurdle final, junior Ayla Draper was tabbed as an All-American, placing seventh at 1:02.63. Draper made history by being the first Lady Mustang track athlete to earn All-American honors in the event.
8. Women’s Cross Country Produces Best Season In Program History
In what added to the most successful season in program history, the Golden State Athletic Conference announced in November that The Master’s College women’s cross country team boasted a handful of athletes on both the All-GSAC team and the GSAC Scholar-Athlete list.
On the All-GSAC team, Karis Frankian, Katrina Graham, Rachel Ingoldsby, and Hannah Kellerman represented the Lady Mustangs. These honors come on the heels of the GSAC’s championship race where TMC produced a second-place team finish in 1 hour 30 minutes and 11.30 seconds.
Kellerman and Frankian led the Lady Mustangs by fighting side-by-side against Biola, and finished strong by placing third and fourth overall with times of 17 minutes and 32 seconds and 17:38 for the 5,000-meter course, respectively. Ingoldsby finished in sixth at 18:05.52, while Graham followed in eighth place at 18:17.95.
Off the course, Kellerman, Graham, Jessica Hawley, and Micayla Frankian excelled in the classroom earning GSAC Scholar-Athlete honors. To qualify, an athlete must be a junior or senior academically and have a cumulative GPA of 3.50 or greater.
On November 23, The Master’s College women’s cross country team finished 14th of 32 teams in the NAIA Cross Country National Championship race in Lawrence, Kansas.
The 14th-ranked Lady Mustangs tallied 366 points in the 5k race with a combined time of 1 hour 36 minutes 24.09 seconds.
9. Women’s Soccer Qualifies For NAIA National Tournament
Parlaying a record-breaking start with a strong GSAC showing, women’s soccer re-emerged on the national landscape with consistent Top 25 rankings throughout the season and qualified for the NAIA National Tournament for the second time in school history. The club, piloted by seventh-year head coach Curtis Lewis, sprinted to a 10-0 start, beat a couple of Top 25 squads, earned a No. 11 national ranking along the way, and finished 15-6 overall, tying for the second-most wins in program annals.
A 6-4, fourth-place conference finish, their lofty ranking, and a first-round GSAC Tournament win gained the Mustangs an at-large berth in the national tournament for the first time since 2010. Although, they lost in the opening round, the Mustangs wound up as the nation’s 17th-ranked team in the NAIA’s postseason poll.
10. Golf On Par With Nation’s Best
Under the leadership of sixth-year head coach Jason Semeslberger, men’s golf maintained a consistent level of competition throughout the year and finished ninth in the NAIA Top 25. For the second consecutive year, Thane Ringler earned NAIA All-American honors and was named to the 2012-13 NAIA Ping All-Region team along with teammate Michael Reitz. Although the squad won the NAIA Cascade Collegiate Conference/Golden State Athletic Conference title in the spring, it declined to participate in the national tournament.