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TMC notebook: Another big invite ahead

Big track and field meet ahead; tennis gets a win

Posted: April 15, 2012 1:55 a.m.
Updated: April 15, 2012 1:55 a.m.

On Friday, The Master’s College’s record-breaking runners Anthony Pizzo and John Gilbertson accepted yet another invitation to a highly-prestigious track and field event.

The pair of juniors will take part in next weekend’s Mt. San Antonio College Relays in Walnut, which will include professional athletes and several participants from NCAA Division I colleges.

This comes just two weeks after the two runners made their first appearance at the Stanford Invitational in Northern California.

At the event, Pizzo broke a school record in the 5,000-meter race with a time of 14 minutes, 3.57 seconds with Gilbertson just behind at 14:04.86.

This week, Pizzo will make his career debut in the 10,000 race on Thursday and Gilbertson is scheduled for the 5,000 on Friday.

“Hopefully things will get set up to run better than 14 (minutes) and hopefully with the experience he got at the Stanford Invite, I honestly think (his) best running is in front of (him),” said TMC track and field head coach Zach Schroeder.

Both runners had a final tune-up this week though.

In other TMC sports, women’s tennis found a bright spot in a season of struggles early in the week, and both men’s golf and baseball were also in action.

Track and Field

This weekend, TMC’s men’s and women’s track and field teams competed at the Pomona-Pitzer Invitational in Pomona.

In their final races leading up to Mt. SAC, Gilbertson and Pizzo both ran in the 1,500 race, posting times of 3:51.55 and 3:53.19, respectively. Both were just short of personal records.

“They’re looking rally sharp going into Mt. SAC,” Schroeder said.

The big news of the day came out of the women’s side, where Ayla Draper became the first Mustang woman to qualify this for the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics National Championships with her performance in the 400 hurdles.

She won her heat with a time of 64.91 seconds, making her the third woman in school history to qualify for nationals.

Also representing TMC at the event in the 3,000 steeplechase was Matthew Crichton (9:28.61), David Eller (9:39.74)  and John Hurd (9:56.64).


It was a split for TMC in the team’s only two games of the week.

Though the Mustangs were scheduled to play four against Vanguard University, Saturday’s doubleheader was postponed due to anticipated rain.

Instead, TMC played both of its games in a Thursday doubleheader, losing 3-2 in the first and winning 14-1 in the second at Reese Field.

Starting pitcher Charlie Gillies pitched well in the first game, striking out 10 across eight innings. He allowed two unearned runs to score in the first innings, but it was an Alec Rosales RBI double in the ninth that sealed it for Vanguard.

Tanner Leighton crossed the plate twice for the Mustangs in the game on RBI hits by Steven Karkenny and Spencer Downs.

In the second game, the offense had no problems getting off the ground as TMC scored in each of the first six innings to run away with it.

Right fielder Chris Talley went 2-for-5 with five RBIs and two runs and Bryan Lucas added two hits and an RBI.

TMC starter Daniel Sheaffer threw a five hitter through six innings while allowing one run in a winning performance to move the Mustangs to 29-15 overall, 14-12 Golden State Athletic Conference.

Women’s Tennis

It’s been a long season for The Master’s College, but Tuesday’s 8-1 win over Hope International University in Fullerton may have helped ease the tension.

The Mustangs (3-14, 3-10) snapped an eight-match losing streak thanks to a sweep in doubles and a strong showing in singles play.

TMC’s pairing of Maggie Becker and Tiffany Man edged Hope’s Jasmin Zaragoza and Alyssa Pritchett 9-7 in the No. 1 doubles slot.

After TMC lost in the No. 1 singles matchup, the closest competition of the day came in No. 2 singles when Karli Foerstel outlasted Hope’s Jeannette Rodriguez, winning 10-4 in a tiebreaker after splitting the first two sets 2-6 and 6-2.

Men’s Golf

Early in the week, TMC finished 12th among 17 teams competing in the 2012 Brickyard Classic in Indianapolis.

Sophomore Thane Ringler was the Mustangs’ top performer in the tournament, which wrapped up on Tuesday.

He shot a 9-over 153 across two rounds, finishing tied for 14th place.

TMC came in at 63-over as a team, while Grand View University and Malone University split the team title at the event with overall scores of 27-over.


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