TMC senior John Gilbertson raced to a first-place finish in the 5,000 meters at the 2013 NAIA Outdoor Track & Field National Championships Saturday. His time of 14 minutes, 8.07 seconds beat out College of Idaho senior Greg Montgomery, who came in at 14:09.24.
The championship caps a weekend that saw Gilbertson take third in the 10,000 meters.
For his accomplishments, Gilbertson was named an NAIA All-American in both events -- a first for a TMC athlete.
Earlier in the 2012-2013 season, Gilbertson captured the NAIA national championship in cross country.
On the women's side, TMC freshman Karis Frankian was also named an NAIA All-American in the 10,000 meters after placing fourth in the event with a time of 36:26.04. Frankian opted out of the 5,000 meters because of an ankle injury.
Mustang Hannah Kellerman earned All-American honors in the women’s 1,500 meters. Kellerman set a new school and personal record in the finals by placing sixth overall at 4:33.51.
TMC junior Ayla Draper also earned All-American honors by taking seventh in the women's 400 meter hurdles with a time of 1:02.63.
The final three TMC athletes particpating in the championships ran in the men's marathon final. Tyler Tockstein led the Mustangs in the event with a 15th-place finish in 2 hours, 35 minutes, and 25.60 seconds. John Hurd followed with a 27th-place finish at 2:41:40.70, while Camden McAlister came in at 2:46:08.60, good enough 34th place out of the field of 46.
The Master's College men's team tied for 18th place overall (out of a field of 60) with a score of 16. Indiana Tech won the event with a team score of 72. The TMC women's team finished 26th with 10 points. Indiana Tech came in first with 122.