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TMC notebook: Two runners swap places

Gilbertson beats his teammate’s record in 5,000m

Posted: April 22, 2012 1:55 a.m.
Updated: April 22, 2012 1:55 a.m.

Two weeks ago it was Anthony Pizzo.

This week, the back-and-forth battle for school supremacy for The Master’s College track and field shifted back to John Gilbertson.

At the Mt. San Antonio College Relays, a prestigious nationwide event, Gilbertson bested the school record again in the 5,000-meter run.

The junior distance runner finished fourth in the Open B race on Friday in Walnut, coming in at 13 minutes, 56.56 seconds, which beat the 14:03.57 mark set by his teammate Pizzo just two weeks before at the Stanford Invitational.

Gilbertson is the first runner in TMC history to break the 14-minute mark in the event and he nearly broke the all-time Santa Clarita Valley record of 13:56.40 set by Canyon High graduate Dave Hartman in 1995.

“I think it’s really going to show that the best coaching and training is available right here in Santa Clarita,” said TMC track and field head coach Zach Schroeder.

The Mt. SAC result was a bright spot in an otherwise unsuccessful week for TMC sports, including baseball and women’s tennis.

Track and Field

Pizzo was also set to participate in the Mt. SAC Relays on Thursday in the 10,000, but coaches decided to pull him out of the race after a rough start against an elite field of runners.

Both Pizzo and Gilbertson, along with the rest of the school’s track and field athletes will gear up for next week’s Golden State Athletic Conference Championships in Azusa.


Following a stretch where the Mustangs won nine out of 10 games to climb up to No. 16 in the NAIA poll, the team faced a week of setbacks.

TMC started the week well with a 9-1 win over Vanguard in a Monday makeup game.

After that, No. 12 Concordia handed TMC three straight losses, 9-1 on Thursday, 9-2 on Friday and 3-2 in the first game of a doubleheader on Saturday. The Mustangs salvaged a 2-1 win in the final game of the series to finish off Saturday’s twin bill.

As a result, the Mustangs (31-18 overall, 16-15 GSAC) remain in fourth in conference.

Women’s Tennis

The GSAC schedule isn’t doing TMC any favors as it dropped another two matches this week to a pair of top 10 nationally ranked opponents.

First, it was an 8-0 loss to NAIA No. 8 Concordia on Tuesday at The Paseo Club, followed by an 8-1 setback to No. 6 Pt. Loma Nazarene on Saturday in San Diego.

The Mustangs’ only win of the week came in the No. 6 singles matchup on Saturday, when Abigail Zaretsky beat Point Loma’s Michaela Johnson 6-2, 6-3.

TMC falls to 3-16 overall, 3-12 in the GSAC with the Ojai Tournament beginning Thursday and running through next weekend.


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