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Four TMC teams gear up for postseason play

Cross country team looks to continue recent success

Posted: November 17, 2013 10:54 p.m.
Updated: November 17, 2013 10:54 p.m.

Four Fall Sports will be in action on Saturday, November 23rd as they pursue National Championships:

Women’s Soccer:

The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) has officially released the qualifiers for the 2013 NAIA Women’s Soccer National Championship. The #16 Lady Mustangs (15-5) received an at-large berth after finishing in 4th place in the Golden State Athletic Conference, one of the best women’s soccer conferences in the country.  All five losses during the 2013 campaign were to teams ranked in the top 10 nationally.  This will be TMC’s second-ever visit to the tournament.  

The 31-team championship will get underway with the Opening Round at 15 campus locations this Saturday.  The Mustangs’ opponent and location will be announced Monday at 12:00 p.m.  The 15 Opening Round winners, as well as host Mobile (Ala.), will advance to the national championship final site in Orange Beach, Alabama from Dec. 2 – 7.

The six at-large teams were selected based on the final official NAIA Women’s Soccer Modified Ratings Percentage Index (MRPI). The MRPI consists of the team’s modified winning percentage, their opponents’ winning percentage and the cumulative ratings points from the NAIA Women’s Soccer Coaches’ Top 25 Poll. Each of the three values has a weighted percentage calculated in the MRPI.


The Lady Mustangs are set to return to the NAIA Volleyball Championship for the second consecutive year.  The 36-team NAIA National Championship will get underway with 12 National Championship Opening Round tournaments at campus locations this Saturday.

Because the 16th-ranked Lady Mustangs finished fourth in the GSAC with a record of 19-8 (8-6 GSAC) in their 2013 regular season schedule, there is a high probability the squad will host an Opening Round match here in Santa Clarita.

The pairings and locations for the Opening Round matches will be released on Monday at 10 am.  The eight at-large berths were determined by the final NAIA Volleyball Coaches’ Top 25 Poll released on Sunday.

Should the Lady Mustangs emerge victorious from next Saturday’s match, the squad will then advance to the NAIA National Championship final site in Sioux City, Iowa from Dec. 3 – 7.

Cross Country:

On Saturday, the men’s and women’s cross country teams will compete at the NAIA National Cross Country Championships in Lawrence, Kansas.

Both squads will compete against 32 teams and a field of individual qualifiers.  

The 15th-ranked Mustangs will toe the line for the men’s 8-kilometer race at 10:30 a.m. CST, while the 7th-ranked Lady Mustangs will compete in the women’s 5-kilometer race at 11:45 a.m. CST.

Last year, TMC Alumni John Gilbertson placed first at the 2012 NAIA Cross Country National Championships, earning NAIA All-American status along the way.

Also last year, Hannah Kellerman, Katrina Graham, and Karis Frankian represented the Lady Mustangs in the women’s 5k NAIA National Cross Country Championship race.  Both Kellerman and Frankian earned NAIA All-American honors.


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