May 24, 2013,
MARION, Ind. – On the second day of the 2013 NAIA Outdoor Track & Field National Championships, John Gilbertson (Saugus, CA) competed in the men’s 5,000m prelim.
Gilbertson, who entered the competition ranked third on the NAIA National Performance List, ran a tactical race and finished sixth in his heat (12thoverall). Gilbertson’s time of 15 minutes and 01.74 seconds was just fast enough to qualify him for tomorrow’s 5,000m final. Race time is scheduled for 2:55 PM (PST).
In wake of Thursday’s All-American honor earning performance in the men’s 10k, Gilbertson looks to double in the 5k final tomorrow, an accomplishment never before reached by a Mustang track athlete.
But before Gilbertson toes the line for the 5k final, John Hurd (Fairview, PA,) Tyler Tockstein (Santa Clarita, CA), and Camden McAlister (Saugus, CA) will compete in the marathon final at 3:00 AM (PST).