June 23, 2017
SANTA CLARITA, Calif. – The Master’s University women’s cross country program has announced its 2017 schedule.
The Lady Mustangs, who ranked 10th on the 2016 Women’s Cross Country Coaches’ Top 25 Poll, will open their season on Saturday, September 3, at the Mark Covert Classic in Fullerton.
Two weeks later on September 16, TMU will compete at the UC Riverside Invitational on the UCR Ag Ops Course.
On September 30, the squad will stay local and host its sixth annual event, the TMU XC Invitational (previously known as The Mustang Challenge) at Santa Clarita’s Central Park. In addition to the traditional collegiate race, this year’s event will also include a number of high school races.
October will consist of two crucial races for the Lady Mustangs: the Vanguard Invitational on the 14th at the Irvine Regional Park in Orange, and the Warrior Invitational on the 21st at the Johnson-Springview Park in Rocklin.
That month will be a great test for the Lady Mustangs before they compete in the always-competitive GSAC Championship 5k on November 4. This year’s conference championship race will be hosted by Vanguard in Orange. Last year at the conference championship, Abigail Frankian, Morgan Pedrick, Mikala Fairchild, and Rachael Ingoldsby earned All-GSAC honors.
Finally, on Saturday, November 18, the TMU looks to compete at the NAIA National Championships at the Fort Vancouver National Historic Championship Course, in Vancouver, Washington. Last year at the NAIA National Championship, Frankian earned NAIA All-American honors for a second consecutive season after placing 13th overall out of a field of 334 competitors in 17:35.35.
Commenting on the Lady Mustangs’ 2017 schedule, TMU head coach Zach Schroeder said, “Mikala Fairchild and Abigail Frankian are off to a great start with their summer training. I am going to be looking to these two to create a great sense of chemistry on the team and to model to the team what working hard looks like. If we can stay healthy throughout the season I believe our girls could contend for the GSAC title, which has alluded us for the past few seasons. I am really excited about the girls that are joining our team this year – a couple of which could make an immediate impact on our scoring positions.”
To view the 2017 women’s cross country schedule, click here.