April 13, 2013
CLAREMONT, Calif. – TMC’s track and field squad toed the line in five separate events on Saturday at the Pomona-Pitzer Invitational.
Representing the Mustangs in the high jump was Jason Logan (Spartanburg, SC). Logan won his flight by clearing 2.10 meters (6-10 ¾ Ft.), posting a lifetime-best mark along the way. Logan’s performance surpassed the NAIA’s “A” standard (2.06m (6-9)), qualifying him for the NAIA National Championships in May.
Matthew Crichton (Mission Viejo, CA) and John Gilbertson (Saugus, CA) competed in both the 1500m and the 800m.
In the 800m, Crichton won his heat and set a new personal record in 1 minute and 57 seconds. Gilbertson also set a new personal record at 1:53.31 and surpassed the NAIA’s “B” standard (1:54.50) which qualified him for nationals in the 800m event.
Now, Gilbertson has qualified for nationals in the 800m, 1500m, 10,000m, and the marathon.
In the 1500m, Crichton qualified for nationals under the NAIA’s “B” standard (3:57) in 3:55.48. Gilbertson finished his 1500m showing in 3:48, six seconds under the NAIA’s “A” standard (3:55.25).
David Eller (Los Angeles, CA) and Ryan Freeman (Highland, CA) competed in the 3000m steeplechase. Highlighting the Mustangs’ efforts was Eller, as he finished the race in 9:12. Eller qualified for nationals under the NAIA’s “A” standard (9:20.00), while setting a new school record. Currently, Eller owns the second-fastest 3000m steeplechase time on the NAIA’s performance list. Freeman finished the race in 10:00, which was just three seconds slower than his personal best.
John Hurd (Fairview, PA) highlighted the Mustangs in the 5000m, finishing the event in 15:05. While it was six seconds off of the NAIA’s “B” standard (14:59:00), Hurd’s time was a staggering 20 seconds faster than his previous best.
The Mustangs now look to compete at the prestigious Mt. Sac Invitational next weekend (April 19-20) in Walnut, California.
Gilbertson is slated to compete in the men’s 5K, while Freeman, Crichton, and David Eller will represent The Master’s College in the men’s 3000-meter steeplechase.