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Gilbertson makes TMC track history

Posted: May 25, 2013 8:55 p.m.
Updated: May 25, 2013 8:55 p.m.

MARION, Ind. — The 2013 NAIA Outdoor Track & Field National Championships concluded Saturday with six Mustangs representing The Master’s College in four different events.

But none came up bigger than John Gilbertson.

The senior made The Master’s College history at Saturday’s event, becoming the first track and field national champion ever for the school when he won the 5K.

His time of 14:08.07 beat out College of Idaho senior Greg Montgomery’s 14:09.24.

On Thursday, Gilbertson was named an NAIA All-American after running the men’s 10K final in 30:25.89 for a third-place finish.

Gilbertson’s accomplishment of reaching NAIA All-American honors in both the 5K and 10K is a feat never before achieved by a Mustang track athlete.

At 6 a.m. in Indiana, Camden McAlister ran his final race as a Mustang in the men’s marathon final alongside John Hurd and Tyler Tockstein. Tockstein led the Mustangs’ efforts with a final time of 2 hours, 35 minutes, and 25.60 seconds, finishing 15th out of a field of 46 athletes. Hurd followed with a 27th place finish at 2:41:40.70, while McAlister paced himself for a 34th place finish at 2:46:08.60, setting a new personal record along the way.

Due to a sore ankle, Karis Frankian opted out of competing in the women’s 5,000m final.

Frankian ended her phenomenal freshman year on Thursday when she earned All-American honors in the 10K, placing fourth overall with a final time of 36:26.04. Frankian’s accomplishment on Thursday raises the bar for the Mustangs women’s track program by becoming its first-ever NAIA Track All-American.

Hannah Kellerman ended her third track campaign with TMC by earning All-American honors in the women’s 1,500m. Kellerman set a new school and personal record in the final race by placing sixth overall at 4:33.51. Notably, Kellerman is the first Mustang in program history to earn All-American honors in the women’s 1,500m.

In the women’s 400m Hurdle final, Ayla Draper was tabbed as an All-American as the junior placed seventh at 1:02.63. Draper made history by being the first Mustang female track athlete to earn All-American honors in the event.

As the Mustangs make the trip back to Santa Clarita with four NAIA All-American track athletes, there is very little doubt that TMC’s track program will be back, competing for more national recognition next year.

But for now, the team will enjoy a few weeks off and then begin summer training for cross country.

Signal Staff Writer Jon Stein contributed to this report.


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