Preview: NAIA Men's and Women's Track National Championships
May 23, 2012
MARION, Ind. --The Master’s College Men’s and Women’s track teams will each field representatives in the 2012 Outdoor Track & Field National Championships held at Indiana Wesleyan University Track in Marion, Indiana. The three-day event, beginning on May 24th, will pit seven TMC representatives against the NAIA’s top talent.
Representing the Mustangs are Anthony Pizzo, John Gilbertson, Josiah Downer, Camden McAlister, Matthew Crichton, David Eller, and the lone representative of the women’s track team, Ayla Draper.
Pizzo and Gilbertson will need to work in tandem as the duo will be competing in the 5000m race. Gilbertson, who has been hailed as one of the best runners in the history of the GSAC currently holds a total of four GSAC individual titles to date: one in cross country, one in the 1500m, and two in the 5000m. Pizzo currently ranked 16th in the nation in the 1500m, fifth for the 5000m, and 29th in the half-marathon, has been setting personal-best records and new school records all season long.
Downer and McAlister will represent The Master’s College distance squad in the marathon. Both Downer and McAlister recently represented the Mustangs well as the duo finished third and fourth, respectively, in the 10,000m at the 2012 GSAC Championships. Downer, a recent graduate of TMC, has earned the college more All-GSAC honors in his final campaign as a Mustang. McAlister showed phenomenal progress during the 2012 season and is eager to cap the year off in Saturday’s marathon.
TMC’s Matthew Crichton and David Eller will toe the line and compete for national recognition in the 3000m steeplechase. The duo previously represented TMC in the event at the 2012 GSAC Championships as Eller won the even in a school record time of 9:29.30. Crichton also had a great race, finishing third overall with a time of 9:29.23. Crichton’s third-place finish secured him All-GSAC honors.
Ayla Draper will represent the Lady Mustangs in the 400m hurdles. Draper ‘s most recent showing at the 2012 GSAC Championships boasted a fourth-place finish, while setting a new school record and personal best of 1:03.03. Despite being the Lady Mustangs’ lone representative, Draper hopes to earn TMC its first NAIA All-American honors for women's track and field.
With their tremendous season boiling down to a few days of intense competition among the best in the nation, the Mustangs are thrilled to compete to their highest ability and bring home more All-American recognitions.
For a full recap of the 2012 NAIA Outdoor Track & Field National Championship preview, click here.