April 1st, 2012
CLAREMONT, Calif -- The California-Nevada Track and Field Championships began Saturday in Claremont, CA, hosted by Claremont-Mudd-Scripps Colleges. Entrance to the meet is based on times submitted through the TFRRS system during the months of January, February, and March; in order to qualify for the meet, athletes from invited schools must post one of the top 36 times in their event.
The two day meet got off to a good start for Master’s with several of the Mustang men competing in the Distance Carnival portion of the meet. First up on the track was the final of the men’s 3000m steeplechase. Matthew Crichton, David Eller, and John Hurd represented TMC well. Crichton ran a season best of 9:28 (5th), good enough to secure a trip to Marion, Indiana to compete at the NAIA Outdoor Track and Field National Championships, May 24th-26th. Eller saw huge improvement from his last outing in the steeple, running a lifetime best of 9:39, just 10 seconds shy of a national qualifying mark. Coach Schroeder is confident Eller will earn his spot on the national team in the weeks to come. Freshman John Hurd also ran a lifetime best of 9:56, in spite of suffering with some leg pain earlier in the week.
Josiah Downer and Paul Jesson represented Master’s in the 5000m final. Unfortunately, racing in the rain produced slower times overall, including those of Downer and Jesson. Downer’s 15:21 finishing time earned him a 9th place finish.
The final event of the night was the men’s 10,000m, with Camden McAlister the lone representative of TMC. This race served as a workout for McAlister in preparation for running the marathon at Nationals; nonetheless, Camden ran a lifetime best of 33:50.
Commenting on the day’s performance, Mustang Coach Zach Shcroeder states “Nothing spectacular happened tonight. We’re in the middle of a big block of training. We weren’t expecting to see huge PR’s this weekend. We did a lot of work this week, and it showed tonight in slower times. The important thing is to continue getting the work in. As we freshen up at the end of the season, we’ll be feeling stronger, fitter and faster. In spite of being in the midst of big training, we still saw some good things happen; Matt qualified for nationals, and several guys ran lifetime bests. You can’t be unhappy with that.”
Sunday, John Gilbertson and Anthony Pizzo will compete in the timed final of the men’s 1500m. The race will be used as sharpening for the prestigious Stanford Invitational coming up this Friday where the two men will race the 5000m.