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TMC notebook: Another record run

Men’s cross country sets the bar even higher at latest meet

Posted: September 18, 2011 1:55 a.m.
Updated: September 18, 2011 1:55 a.m.

The Master’s College had another successful week athletically with wins from its women’s volleyball squad and men’s and women’s soccer teams. The highlight, though, came once again from the performance of its men’s cross country team.

The team, which entered the week as the No. 9-ranked team in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics coaches poll, put up a stellar performance at the UC Riverside Cross Country Invitational, breaking another school record in the process.

Cross Country

TMC’s John Gilbertson finished second overall at the UC Riverside Invitational, running a time of 23 minutes, 55.4 seconds in the 8k race. He finished behind only Cam Levins of Southern Utah, whose 22:58.7 won the meet.

Masters’ Anthony Pizzo came in third, just one-tenth of a second behind Gilbertson with a time of 23:55.4.

Gilbertson’s time broke the school record for an 8k run, besting his mark of 24:24.0 at the UC Irvine meet a week earlier.

After that performance last week, the Mustangs climbed to No. 9 in the NAIA coaches poll, and their head coach expects an even higher climb after Saturday’s performance.

“I would have to think that they are going to move up into the top 5 with the way they ran today,” said head coach Zach Schroeder.

Overall, TMC finished in fifth place, with a time of 2:05:37.61.

Southern Utah took first place with a time of 2:00:46.10.

“It was probably the best performance in the history of our program,” Schroeder said.

The No. 14 ranked women’s team didn’t fair quite as well Saturday, finishing ninth with a team time of 1:51:14.20. Holly Kopp led Master’s with a fourth-place finish with a time of 20:50.0.

Men’s Soccer

TMC continued its impressive start to the season, defeating Arizona Christian 7-0 on Thursday.

More impressive than the final score was the depth the Mustangs (6-0) showed in the victory. Each of the goals were scored by different TMC players, bookended by Jorge Serrano’s opening goal 8:33 into the match, and freshman Daren Lightfoot’s first collegiate goal with 3:54 left in the game.

The Mustangs will return to the field against Bethesda on Tuesday.

Women’s Soccer

The Mustangs came from behind at the Menlo Invitational in Atherton Friday afternoon to defeat Corban University 3-1.
The No. 12 ranked team improved to 5-2 after the match.

TMC’s Katie Trevino scored the equalizing goal early in the second half to tie the game at one goal apiece, after Corban’s Audrey Sullivan had scored the match’s opening goal in the 15th minute.

The Mustangs’ Natasha Coyle scored the game winning goal in the 21st minute and the squad added the final goal off the foot of Shea Richards.

Women’s Volleyball

The Mustangs opened Golden State Athletic Conference play Tuesday night with a loss to NAIA No. 13-ranked Biola University.

The Eagles swept TMC in three sets, despite the Mustangs (13-4) staying close throughout the match.

Master’s took a 23-22 lead in the first set before dropping the next three points to give Biola the 1-0 lead in the match.
The second half saw the Mustangs lose a lead as well, as the Eagles closed out the set 25-21.

Leading the TMC’s effort was sophomore Samantha Dougherty, who had 10 kills.

Biola’s Sarah McAtee led with 11 kills and Christine Douglas and Chelsee Arnitz added eight kills apiece.

The final set saw Biola turn a 13-13 tie into a 25-19 victory to give the Eagles the win.

The Mustangs defeated Hope International in their home GSAC opener Saturday night 3-2, taking the fifth set in a dramatic 15-13 win.

Signal staff writer Dan Agnew contributed to this report


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