The Mustang's John Gilbertson set the UC Irvine course record as the No. 8 ranked men's cross country team finished third overall in the ASICS/UC Irvine Collegiate Invitational. Anthony Pizzo, who had battled illness all week, also finished in the top 10 as the team overall finished only 54 seconds behind the Invitational winner, Cal State San Marcos.
The Mustang's finished ahead of UC Irvine on the Anteaters home course. TMC Head Coach Zach Schroeder was "[excited] to beat them on their course because we have great respect for them and they are a tremendous program."
Schroeder said of his team, "We accomplished everything we wanted to today. We would have liked to beat San Marcos but we are very excited about the race we ran."
Schroeder is looking for improvement from the fifth spot on his team but is happy his team had the best finish of any GSAC team and the performance today bodes well for another run at the conference championship. He's hoping this will be a "year to remember."
The No. 21 women's team is another reason for excitement about the direction of the cross country program. The Lady Mustangs established a new team time record in program history with a combined 5k time of 1:34:59, a time that beat every GSAC time on the day except for No. 2 ranked Azusa Pacific.
Holly Kopp, who redshirted a year ago, finished 11th overall with a time of 17:59. Hannah Kellerman also finished in the top 20 individually.
The women's team is one of the most improved programs in the country. It is ranked for the first time in program history and according to Schroeder is "turning heads in the conference and nationally."
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