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TMC Notebook: Mustangs XC makes it three

Men capture third GSAC title in school history, program’s first

Posted: November 6, 2010 11:11 p.m.
Updated: November 6, 2010 11:11 p.m.

The Master’s College men’s cross country team entered the season loaded with talent and expectations.

So far, it’s lived up to all of them.

The Mustangs, led by the trio of John Gilbertson, Anthony Pizzo and Jeff Jackson, finished with a team time of 2 hours, 6 minutes, 55 seconds on the 8K course at the Golden State Athletic Conference Championships at Woodward Park in Fresno to win the school’s third conference title.

“We came back with a conference title. That’s what we set out to do and that’s what we did,” said TMC head coach Zach Schroeder, who was named the GSAC Coach of the Year. “It was a great day at the races.”

TMC bested traditional power Azusa Pacific by 11 points.

Gilbertson finished second overall with a time of 24:32, Pizzo took fifth in 24:50 followed by Jackson in sixth in 24:55.
Azusa Pacific’s Abednego Magut won the race with a time of 24:11.

The Master’s College’s previous conference championships were won by the baseball team in 2003 and men’s soccer in 2009.

But key in the Mustangs’ championship were the performances from Nos. 4 and 5 runners Nathan Seyler and Josiah Downer, whose 21st- and 24th-place times scored crucial points.

“They were instrumental in us producing a team time of 2:06:55, which is one of the fastest legitimate times in the nation this year for the NAIA,” Schroeder said.

Now TMC’s sites are set on a potential national title.

The NAIA Championships will be held Nov. 20 in Vancouver, Wash.

Cross Country

The men weren’t the only Mustangs to have standout races on Saturday at the GSAC Championships.

Freshmen Hannah Kellerman and Hayley Parkinson, a Canyon High graduate, placed 16th and 25th, respectively.

Kellerman ran a 18:30 on the 5K course, while Parkinson finished in 18:56.

“They definitely are the building blocks, and I think it will be exciting to see where they go in the future,” Schroeder said.
Runners in the top 15 whose teams did not qualify for nationals received at-large bids to the NAIA Championships.

Kellerman finished a mere three seconds behind the 15th-place finisher, ending her season.

“That’s just really brutal. That’s a hard pill to swallow,” Schroeder said. “Those tough losses really do make those victories so much sweeter.”

Sarah Pattison took 46th overall, followed by Erika Pizzo (64th), Alya Draper (65) and Micayla Frankian (69).
A total of 106 women competed in the race.

Men’s Soccer
TMC’s season came to a close with last week’s 4-2 loss to Biola, but Monday, junior midfielder Doug Armstong was named to the All-GSAC Team.

Armstrong has played in 58 straight games during the last three years, and recorded one goal on 22 shots this season.
He was the only TMC representative to be so honored.

The Mustangs finished 6-7-3 overall this season and 3-6-1 in conference play.

Women’s Soccer
The Mustangs lost to California Baptist on Friday in the quarterfinals of the GSAC Tournament. Now they must turn their attention to the NAIA Tournament, which begins on Nov. 20.

In the meantime, however, TMC has hauled in its share of honors.

Prior to the start of the GSAC Tournament, Mustangs forward Emily Bruton was named the conference Player of the Year. Head coach Curtis Lewis earned Coach of the Year recognition after leading the team to a 15-1-1 regular-season record.

Bruton finished with 17 goals and two assists, and was also named to the All-GSAC Team.

“She will die for you on the field,” Lewis said. “She is our energizer bunny that keeps things going, going, going. She’s done some amazing things for our team this year.”

She was joined by goalkeeper Amanda Durocher Diamond, who had 10 shutouts and a 0.51 goals-against average this year.

Junior forward Andie Reyes, sophomore defender Kristyn Richards and junior midfielder Bobbie Roberts were also named to the all-conference team.

Reyes tallied six goals and 10 assists, Richards two assists and Roberts finished with six goals and four assists this season.
“I felt like the fellow coaches in the GSAC really respect the team and gave them the honors they deserved,” Lewis said.

Following its loss in the GSAC Tourney, TMC dropped from fourth to seventh in the latest NAIA rankings.

Men’s Golf

The Mustangs took second place at the TMC Fall Invite held at Robinson Ranch on Tuesday.

The 54-hold event began last Sunday and ended up featuring 11 teams plus three golfers from UCLA.

The University of British Columbia edged the Mustangs by one stroke to finish 44-over-par as a team.

TMC senior and National Christian College Athletic Association champion Kevin Anderson was the team’s top finisher, placing third with a 6-over. Stephen Edman of Holy Names won with a 2-over, two strokes ahead of British Columbia’s Andrew Robb.

Mustangs sophomore Michael Reitz tied for fifth place, followed by teammates Daniel Mothershead (18th), John Lawson (24th), Thane Ringler (28th), Andrew Bergoon (33rd), Nolan Sand (38th) and Michael Kim (50th).

Fellow GSAC teams California Baptist, Biola and Pt. Loma Nazarene also competed in the event.

Women’s Volleyball

The Mustangs dropped a pair of matches this week, including a five-set loss to Azusa Pacific on Saturday.

APU came in ranked No. 8 in the NAIA. Cal Baptist, which beat TMC 3-0 on Tuesday, is ranked No. 6.

Tori Callihan led the Mustangs (7-20, 2-16) with 17 kills on Saturday, while Leslie Windham had 25 kills.

TMC enters the final week of the regular season in 10th place in the GSAC, and will play Westmont on Tuesday and Fresno Pacific on Thursday.


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