TMC Places First in NAIA West Coast Jamboree
October 20, 2012
IRVINE, Calif. - The Mustang men added another victory to what has been the winningest season in the history of TMC men’s cross country. Finishing first at the West Coast Jamboree, hosted by Biola University at Irvine Regional Park, The Master's College men completed their regular season undefeated against conference competition. With TMC’s top five runners placing first, second, fifth, sixth, and 12th individually, the men look sharp and ready to chase down their third GSAC Championship in a row two weeks from now on the same course.
Continuing to run unbeaten in every competition this fall, John Gilbertson (Saugus, CA) comfortably won the 8k race in 25:04, followed closely by teammate Anthony Pizzo (Canyon Country, CA) in 25:20, a good return effort after taking last week off. With only two runners between TMC’s next two, John Hurd (Fairview, PA) and David Eller (Los Angeles, CA) finished fifth and sixth overall, posting times of 25:54 and 25:57, respectively. Completing the scoring for the Mustangs was senior Camden McAlister (Saugus, CA), finishing the race in 26:31.
“Times were generally very slow today,” commented Coach Zach Schroeder. “We were really hoping to go out and sweep the meet, but we’ll have our chance again in two weeks. We know what adjustments need to be made and as we freshen up going in to the post-season, I don’t think it’s outside the realm of possibility to finish in the top five spots at our conference championships, which is what we need to be able to do if we want to compete for a podium finish at nationals. We need to close up the gap between our two and five. We’re starting to piece things together now, which is exciting. All we need is for five guys to show up at the same time at nationals and we could be very good.”
On November 3, the Mustang men will have an opportunity to bring home their third consecutive GSAC championship, a streak unprecedented in TMC athletics.