April 27, 2013
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. – The Lady Mustangs spent the last two days at Westmont College competing in the Golden State Athletic Conference Championships where three runners earned four individual conference championship titles.
Hannah Kellerman (Sartell, MN) led things off on Thursday by competing in the 800m prelims. Kellerman placed sixth in the event (third in her heat), posting a final time of 2 minutes and 16.29 seconds. Kellerman’s time advanced her to finals where she placed third with a time of 2:15.40.
In the 1500m, Kellerman placed first with a final time of 4:44.82.
Karis Frankian (Saugus, CA) and Katrina Graham (Riverside, CA) competed in the 10,000m. Frankian placed first in the race at 37:14.95. On top of surpassing the NAIA’s “A” standard for the event (37:30.00), Frankian’s time also established a new school record. Graham completed the race in 38:08.46, clearing the NAIA’s “B” standard (38:13.00).
Ayla Draper (Visalia, CA) represented The Master’s College in 100m Hurdles by placing first with 14.99 as her final time. Draper also had a strong showing in the 400m Hurdles where she placed second out of eight in 63.47.
Karis Frankian, Micayla Frankain (Saugus, CA), and Hayley Parkinson all competed in the 5000m. Karis Frankian placed first with 17:39.46 as her final time, while older sister Micayla finished in 11th place at 19:24.54. Parkinson finished in 16th place at 20:14.94.
Notably, Karis Frankian’s first-place performances made her the first Lady Mustang to ever be a two-time conference champion in track.
“Frankian just dominated today,” assessed assistant coach Amie Schroeder. “The 10k she won was loaded with All-American athletes and perhaps one of the most competitive events the GSAC has seen. Karis controlled it all and turned in a strong performance. I’m excited to see how she will progress over the next three years…I think she can be an eight-time conference champion.”
In total, Frankian walked away with two different GSAC champion titles (5000m, and 10000m) while Draper and Kellerman each earned one (100m H Draper; 1500m Kellerman).
Schroeder further commented on the squad’s overall performance by saying “Although we’re a very small program, in the events in which we compete, we either place first or second. It’s a pretty powerful performance for such a small squad. I’m so proud of them all.”
With the GSAC Championships in the books, the Lady Mustangs now set their sites on the NAIA Outdoor Championships. But before they make they trek to Marion, Indiana, the 2013 Oxy Invite calls for another strong performance from the squad. The meet will take place on May 4 at Occidental College.