First Place for Frankian

By Ryan Freeman, For TMC Sports Information

September 20, 2014

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SANTA CLARITA, Calif. – The atmosphere from the spectators and the student body at The Mustang Challenge was at a high when Karis Frankian finished first overall for the The Master’s College women’s cross country team.  The 13th-ranked Lady Mustangs placed third overall as behind NCAA D.I Sacramento State, and 11th-ranked Cal State San Marcos, as well as beating NCAA DI. Cal State Fullerton by a mere point.

Karis Finish2.jpgThe women's 5k went out hard as Frankian shadowed Cal State San Marcos’ Kate Bouvatte until the second mile where she took command of the race The Santa Clarita Valley native maintained her lead, finishing with a time of 17 minutes and 53 seconds. Rachael Ingoldsby (St. John’s, FL) had a strong race, leading the rest of the pack placing 16th with a time of 18:54.  As a group of three, Charity Schroeder, Hollie Larsen, and Abigail Frankian ran respectable times of 19:09, 19:14, and 19:18, not far from Ingoldsby.

As a team, TMC finished with a time of 1:34:29.8.

“It was so great to race at our home course, as well as all the supporters who cheered us on,” stated Frankian. “I was hoping to go out there and race much smarter and tactically sound than the race at UCI. I do my best so that I can give all the glory to the Lord.”

Now, the Lady Mustangs will toe the line in two weeks at the Pomona-Pitzer Invitational on October 4th.