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TMC notebook: Runners strong at GSAC meet

Sophomore duo goes 1-2 in the 5,000-meter run

Posted: May 1, 2011 1:55 a.m.
Updated: May 1, 2011 1:55 a.m.

Last year, The Master's College runner Jeff Jackson made school history by winning the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics Championship in the marathon.

Coming off strong performances at the Golden State Athletic Conference Championships this season, a few more athletes will soon be taking aim at individual national titles as well.

Mustangs sophomores John Gilbertson and Anthony Pizzo finished first and second, respectively, at the GSAC meet in the 5,000-meter run Saturday at Fresno Pacific University, while Caitlyn Ramirez and Ayla Draper went 2-3 in the women's heptathlon.

The men's and women's teams will take part at the Occidental Invitational next Saturday, but will then travel to Marion, Ind. for the NAIA National Championships May 24-29.

Track and Field
The TMC men took seventh overall on Saturday in Fresno with a team score of 37 points. Most of those points were recorded by Gilbertson and Pizzo. Gilbertson won the 5,000 with a time of 14:45.68, while Pizzo took second in 14:57.45.

Matthew Crichton also posted a standout run in the steeplechase, finishing second (9:29.13). Pizzo also placed fourth in the 1,500 (3:56.87) to highlight the men's field.

The Mustang women were eighth overall (17 points), led by Ramirez and Draper in the heptathlon.

Ramirez was second with a total of 4,028 points to edge out Draper with 4,021. Both competitors fared well in the sprints and jumps, with Draper winning the 100 hurdles and 800 races, but struggled in the throws. That opened the door for event-winner Lindsay Honea of Pt. Loma Nazarene, who finished with 4,224 points.

Freshman Holly Kopp took seventh in the women's 5,000 (18:20.58).

Azusa Pacific won the women's GSAC title with a final total of 221 points, while host Fresno Pacific won the men's championship with 209.

The regular season may have come to close after losing three of four games to Biola, but there may be more baseball left for the Mustangs.

TMC, which lost 16-4 to the Eagles on Wednesday, 13-1 Thursday and 7-3 in game 1 Saturday, broke the skid with a 3-2 8-inning win in game 2.

The Mustangs finished 25-25 overall and 16-20 in the GSAC, tied for seventh place with Vanguard.

Only the top six teams make the GSAC Tournament.

However, TMC is eligible for the National Christian College Athletic Association Tournament.

As of Saturday, Mustangs head coach Monte Brooks said he was unsure if they would attend.

The tournament begins in the middle of May.

Either way, Brooks remained optimistic about next season.

"This league is tough so I don't want to speculate, but I can tell you that we will be better," he said. "We'll be better, we'll be smarter, we'll be more confident. I think we'll have more depth if we can stay healthy."

Men's Golf
The Mustangs are still waiting to find out of they will compete at the NAIA Championships on May 24-27 in Silvis, Ill, but in the meantime, they are being rewarded for a standout season.

Senior Kevin Anderson and freshman Thane Ringler were named to the GSAC/Cal Pac/Cascade All-Region team this week after helping the team to a second-place finish at the NAIA Regional Tournament in San Jacinto.

TMC was also ranked No. 15 in the Nike Golf NAIA Coaches' Poll.

The team will find out if they are eligible for the NAIA Championships when the final NAIA rankings are released on May 12.




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