March 16, 2013
EAGLE ROCK, Calif. – The Master’s College distance squad competed in the 2013 Occidental Distance Carnival on Friday night at Jack Kemp Stadium and Bill Henry Track. The event pitted the Mustangs against professional and elite collegiate runners, and gave TMC the opportunity to highlight their talent amongst the best.
Tyler Tockstein (Santa Clarita, CA), who is coming off a fall red-shirt year in cross country, ran a 15:46.95 in Section 3 of the 5000-meter. Tockstein not only won his heat, but also set a new lifetime best, and was the last of the Mustangs’ 5K runners to complete the event under 16 minutes.
John Gilbertson (Saugus, CA) and Daniel Eller (Los Angeles, CA) competed in the 1500-meter event. Gilbertson placed second in the first heat at 3:46.30 behind unattached runner Richard Jones (3:43.88), and currently holds the fastest time in the NAIA for the 1500m. Gilbertson’s time also set a new school record, and qualified him to compete in the 1500m at the National Championship in May. Eller followed Gilbertson by placing 19th in the third section by running a 4:09.02, respectively.
John Hurd (Fairview, PA) turned heads by debuting in the mixed 10000-meter run. Hurd finished in eighth place out of a field of 59 runners at 32:29.23. Teammate Camden McAlister (Saugus, CA) followed at 32:55.12, finished in 14th place, and set a new personal record.
David Eller (Los Angeles, CA), Matthew Crichton (Mission Viejo, CA), and Ryan Freeman (Highland, CA) competed in the men’s 3000-meter steeplechase. Eller led the trio with a time of 9:28.42, while Crichton and Freeman followed with times of 9:40.58 (Crichton) and 10:22.00 (Freeman).
With a handful of newly minted personal & school records produced at Friday’s distance carnival, the Mustangs now wait to hear who will represent TMC in the prestigious Stanford Invitational on March 29 & 30 in Palo Alto, California.
To view photos from the Oxy Distance Carnival, click here.