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Posted: May 4, 2013 10:12 p.m.
Updated: May 4, 2013 10:12 p.m.


Competing in their final meet before toeing the line at the 2013 NAIA National Outdoor Track Championships, The Master’s College track squad produced strong marks at the Oxy Invitational on Saturday.

Matthew Crichton ran the 1500-meter race in 3 minutes, 54.92 seconds, finishing his heat in 29th place.

Hannah Kellerman competed in the 800 and 1500. For the 800, Kellerman placed 17th in her section, finishing the race in 2:16.46 seconds. In the 1500, Kellerman’s time of 4:34.07 paced her for an 11th place finish.

Ayla Draper represented the Lady Mustangs in both the 100 and 400 hurdles. For the 100 hurdles, Draper placed 15th in her section in 15.29, and she finished the 400 hurdles in 1:05.88.

Karis Frankian placed 24th in her heat of the 5,000 with a final time of 17:43.06.

John Gilbertson won the 5000, finishing the event in 13:58.25.

Next up for the Mustangs is the 2013 NAIA Track and Field Outdoor National Champions held in Marion, Ind., from May 9-13.

Representing The Master’s College will be Crichton (1500), David Eller (3000 steeple chase), Gilbertson, (1500, 5,000, 10,000, half marathon), Camden McAlister (marathon), Tyler Tockstein (marathon), Logan (high jump), Draper (100, 400), Karis Frankian (5,000, 10,000, half marathon), Katrina Graham (5,000, 10,000, half marathon), and Kellerman (800, 1500, half marathon).



Running the table through a trio of opponents, The Master’s College baseball team capped off another historic weekend, winning its first-ever Golden State Athletic Conference Tournament championship on Saturday, beating San Diego Christian 8-3 on Reese Field.

That win finished off a week in which the Mustangs climbed to No. 7 in the national rankings, hosted the conference tournament by virtue of winning the regular-season crown, set a new single-season record for wins, and walked off with a plethora of conference postseason awards.

It all began on Thursday when the Mustangs used a complete-game, record-breaking performance from senior lefthander A. J. Work, the GSAC Pitcher of the Year, and a tie-breaking single from Saugus High graduate and College of the Canyon’s product Brett Piper to rally past Arizona Christian 4-3. With the victory, Work (11-4) became the winningest pitcher in school history with 29 wins.

A day later, the club did it the easy way, parlaying the big bat of Steven Karkenny and the strong relief pitching of another local player, Hart High graduate James Scott, into a 9-1 runaway over second-seeded and No. 14 Concordia. Karkenny, who was named GSAC Player of the Year earlier in the week, slammed a pair of home runs and drove in five runs while Scott, taking over for an injured Tyler Elrod, tossed an impressive 7 1/3 innings, giving up a single run while improving to 6-4.

That victory vaulted the Mustangs into the tournament championship game against San Diego Christian on Saturday. The Hawks, who had fought through the losers’ bracket to reach the final, rallied from a three-run deficit to close to 4-3 in the eighth inning before Piper struck again. Pinch-hitting once again, the junior slugged a two-out grand slam over the left field fence in the bottom of the frame to give the Mustangs some much-needed insurance an inning before they nailed down the championship.

Now, the Mustangs move on to host the NAIA National Championship Opening Round starting Thursday on Reese Field. The event, one of nine sites around the country hosting five teams, is the prelude to the NAIA World Series slated for May 24-31 in Lewiston, Idaho.



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