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TMC athlete beats 14 minutes in 5,000 meter

John Gilbertson nearly breaks all-time SCV record

Posted: April 21, 2012 10:58 p.m.
Updated: April 21, 2012 10:58 p.m.

For the first time in the history of The Master’s College track and field, a runner has broken the 14-minute barrier in the 5,000-meter race.

Junior distance runner John Gilbertson clocked a time of 13 minutes, 56.56 seconds in the event at the Open B heat of the Mt. San Antonio College Relays on Friday in Walnut.

The time broke the school record of 14:03.57 set by Gilbertson’s teammate Anthony Pizzo on April 6 at the Stanford Invitational.

Gilbertson’s mark was also just short of the fastest time ever recorded by a Santa Clarita Valley product, which was set by Canyon High graduate Dave Hartman.

Hartman ran the event in 13:56.40 in 1995 while racing for the University of Texas at San Antonio.

Both Gilbertson and Pizzo have already qualified in the 5,000 for the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics National Championships, which will take place from May 24-26 in Marion, Ind.


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