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College track and golf: Mustang athletes compete for titles

TMC looks for individual wins in golf, track and field

Posted: May 24, 2012 1:55 a.m.
Updated: May 24, 2012 1:55 a.m.

It’s championship season at The Master’s College.

As far as team sports are concerned, the spring season is in the books for TMC athletics.

There are still plenty of individuals still alive though — most of them in track and field.

The only non-track and field athlete still competing for the Mustangs is sophomore golfer Thane Ringler, who qualified individually for this week’s National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics Men’s Golf National Championship with an at-large bid.

Ringler wrapped up his second day of competition at the four-day event at Creekside Golf Course in Salem, Ore. on Wednesday.

After a round of 75 on Tuesday and a 74 on Wednesday, he’s tied for 19th place with an overall score of 5-over 149.

Ringler is 11 strokes behind leader Brandon Meltzer of Johnson and Wales University with two rounds to play.

Across the country in Marion, Ind., seven more Mustang athletes are preparing for the NAIA Outdoor Track and Field National Championships at Indiana Wesleyan University, The event begins today and runs through Saturday.

Juniors John Gilbertson and Anthony Pizzo are the most decorated of the bunch, and both will be competing in the 5,000-meter race.

Gilbertson is coming off his second straight Golden State Athletic Conference title in the 5,000 meter last month.

Both runners were NAIA All-American cross country runners in each of the past two seasons and Pizzo was named an NAIA Track and Field All-American last year.

The two have traded the school record for the 5,000 back and forth for the past two years. Gilbertson currently holds the mark at 13 minutes, 56.56 seconds.

Josiah Downer and Camden McAlister are representing TMC in the marathon, while Matthew Crichton and David Eller are taking part in the 3,000 steeplechase.

As the Mustangs’ only competitor on the women’s side, Ayla Draper will vie for a national title in the 400 hurdles.



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