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Golf, baseball in postseason, track strong at Mt. SAC

Posted: April 20, 2013 8:08 p.m.
Updated: April 20, 2013 8:08 p.m.
Golf, baseball in postseason, track strong at Mt. SAC Golf, baseball in postseason, track strong at Mt. SAC
Golf, baseball in postseason, track strong at Mt. SAC

It was a strong week for The Master’s College athletics, as both golf and baseball earned NAIA postseason berths.

The track and field teams added to the success, with select Mustang track athletes battling at the prestigious Mt. SAC Relays.


On Tuesday, The Master’s College golf team made its first victory of the season count as the Mustangs captured the NAIA Cascade Collegiate Conference/Golden State Athletic Conference title at the Diamond Woods Golf Course, in Monroe, Ore.

As a team, the Mustangs carded an overall score of 913 (314-305-294), 18 strokes better than Warner Pacific of Oregon which was tied for first with TMC at the end of Monday’s second round.

With the win, the No. 11 nationally ranked Mustangs earned an automatic bid to the NAIA National Championships in May. The tournament will run May 14-17 at the Creekside Golf Course in Salem, Ore.


The prestigious Mt. SAC Relays kicked off Thursday afternoon where three members of The Master’s College men’s track program competed in the men’s 3000m steeplechase.

David Eller finished the event in 9 minutes and 30.90 seconds. Matthew Crichton completed the race in 9:35.92, while Ryan Freeman followed with a final time of 10:25.62. Hannah Kellerman competed in the women’s 1500m event where she finished her heat in 4:35.12 seconds, setting a new school record along the way. Kellerman’s time surpasses the NAIA’s “A” standard (4:40.10), qualifying her for the NAIA National Outdoor Track & Field Championships in May.

On Friday, Karis Frankian competed in the women’s 5000m race where she posted a time of 17:4.17 seconds, good enough to set a new school record. Also on Friday, John Gilbertson raced in an elite heat that consisted of 26 other professional and top-tier collegiate athletes, posting a final time of 14:15.52.

Next up for the Mustangs is the Golden State Athletic Conference Championships at Westmont College on April 26-27. The event will pit TMC against five other GSAC teams.


An eventful week for the Mustangs began on Monday when The Master’s College was selected as a host site for the fifth annual NAIA Baseball National Championship Opening Round.

Along with the honor of hosting the tournament for the first time, the Mustangs received an automatic postseason berth. The tournament will be played May 9-13 and will feature nine five-team double elimination tournaments.

On the diamond, the ninth-ranked Mustangs took two of three from Cal State San Marcos in non-conference play and still made progress toward their first GSAC regular-season title in 10 years.

They were helped in that quest by San Diego Christian, which beat second-place Concordia two out of three times, helping the Mustangs gain half a game over the weekend and extending their hold on first place to two games. Their magic number stands at two.

The Mustangs will seek to wrap up the conference championship and secure the host role in the upcoming GSAC Tournament (May 2-4) next weekend when they welcome Westmont to Newhall next weekend for a three-game series.

The club won the first two games (11-8 and 11-4) against the No. 11 Cougars behind a revived offense, featuring big games from Jonathan Popadics and Cody Harris, before being denied a sweep in the nightcap (2-10).


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