May 25, 2013
MARION, Ind. – The 2013 NAIA Outdoor Track & Field National Championships concluded Saturday with two Lady Mustangs representing The Master’s College in two different events.
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, Ayla Draper was tabbed as an All-American as the junior placed seventh at 1:02.63. Draper made history by being the first Lady Mustang track athlete to earn All-American honors in the event.
Due to a sore ankle, Karis Frankian opted out of competing in the women’s 5,000m final. Frankian ended her phenomenal freshman year on Thursday when she earned All-American honors in the 10k, placing fourth overall with a final time of 36:26.04. Frankian’s accomplishment on Thursday raises the bar for the Lady Mustangs track program by becoming their first-ever NAIA Track All-American.
As the Lady Mustangs make the trip back to Santa Clarita with three NAIA All-American track athletes, there is very little doubt that TMC’s track program will be back, competing for more national recognition next year. But for now, the team will enjoy a few weeks off and then begin summer training for cross country.
Quick Look - 2013 TMC NAIA Track All-Americans:
Karis Frankian – Women’s 10k – 36:26.04 (4th)
Hannah Kellerman – Women’s 1500m – 4:33.51 (6th)
Ayla Draper – Women’s 400m hurdles – 1:02.63 (7th)