November 8, 2014
SANTA CLARITA, Calif. – On an unseasonably hot day, The Master’s College women’s cross country team competed at the GSAC Cross Country Championships, placing second overall led by the individual first-place performance from Karis Frankian (Saugus, CA).
Notably, it was the first time in program history that a Lady Mustang claimed an individual conference title.
At the start of the 5,000 meter race, the 16th-ranked Lady Mustangs positioned themselves for a battle with both Westmont and Biola. It was only until the first mile mark that Frankian took control of the race creating a gap between her and Westmont’s Kelly Collins. Frankian finished strong, running a blistering time of 17 minutes and 41.41 seconds.
Rounding out the top five for the Lady Mustangs was Abigail Frankian (Saugus, CA), Charity Schroeder (Palmdale, CA), Hollie Larsen (Saugus, CA), and Rachael Ingoldsby (St. John’s, FL) bagging 8th, 11th, 15th, and 19th overall with times of 18:45.75, 18:57.38, 19:16.53, and 19:35.41, respectively. As a result, both Frankian and Schroeder earned All-GSAC honors, which are awarded to the top fourteen finishers.
As a team, the Lady Mustangs’ second-place finish was backed by an overall time of 1:34:16.48.
“It was great hosting the GSAC Conference meet on our home course,” remarked Karis Frankian. “I’m proud of the girls’ performance today and how all of their hard work paid off. Even though our goal wasn’t reached, I know that all of them ran their heart out to glorify God.”
Now, the Lady Mustangs will toe the line against the top teams in the nation at the NAIA National Cross Country Championships held at the historic Rim Rock Farm in Lawrence, KS, on November 22.