Based on their performance today at UC Riverside, The Master's College men's cross country team has established itself as legitimate contenders for an NAIA National Championship. Currently ranked No. 9 nationally, the Mustangs ran a team time of 2:04:18 which is nearly three minutes faster than a year ago when it won the GSAC Conference Championship.
A week ago, junior John Gilbertson established a course record at UC Irvine. Today, both Gilbertson and junior Anthony Pizzo ran the 8K course at UC Riverside in 23:55, a time that stands as the fastest all-time 8K ever produced in program history. Gilbertson's official time was 23:55.4 while Pizzo's was 23:55.5.
Gilbertson and Pizzo were second and third overall behind Cam Levins of Southern Utah who ran established a course record in 22:58.7.
The Mustang's finished fifth overall in the 25-team invitational behind NCAA Division I programs Southern Utah and host UC Riverside. Fellow NAIA-member Cal State San Marcos finished third while former GSAC member Cal Baptist was fourth.
Men's cross country will next compete at the Vanguard Invitational in Costa Mesa on October 8.
TMC Individual Times:
John Gilbertson - 23:55.4
Anthony Pizzo - 23:55.5
Josiah Downer - 25:08
Paul Jesson - 25:28 (collegiate debut)
John Hurd - 25:51
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