April 27, 2017
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. – On Thursday, The Master's University men's track & field program began its time at the 2017 GSAC Championships on the campus of Westmont College in Santa Barbara.
Max Hudson made history on Thursday by winning the pole vault after clearing 4.24m, marking him as the first-ever TMU athlete to earn conference champion honors in the event. Hudson’s performance also set a new lifetime best and a new TMU record. Finally, Hudson earned a spot on the all-conference list as All-GSAC honors are awarded to athletes who place first, second, and third in their respective final events.
Later in the day, Hudson went on to compete in the javelin throw where he placed ninth overall after throwing for 44.45m. Hudson’s performance set a new lifetime best and set a new TMU record.
In the men’s 1500m prelim, Tobin Bolter led TMU’s efforts by placing sixth overall in 4:15.54. Skyler Mikesell finished 12th overall in 4:16.74, while Josh Sherfey followed in 13th place at 4:16.87. Both Bolter and Mikesell qualified for the 1500m finals on Friday.
In the 400m prelim, Christian Carter placed first in his heat (second overall) with a time of 50.39. Jacob Ortiz placed fourth in his heat (seventh overall) in 52.06. Both Carter and Ortiz advanced to Friday’s men’s 400m final.
Carter also competed in the 200m prelim where he placed second in his heat (fifth overall) with a time of 22.88. Carter will compete in the 200m final on Friday.
Samuel Jaimes represented TMU in the 100m prelim where he placed second in his heat (fifth overall) with a time of 11.29. Jaimes’ performance qualified him to compete in the 100m final on Friday.
Skyler Mikesell competed in the 800m prelim and placed first in his heat (second overall) in the event with a time of 1:58.68. Mikesell will represent the Mustangs in the 800m finals on Friday.
In the men’s steeplechase, Alec Franco won the event in 9:32.42, earning all-conference honors. Justin Harris finished seventh in the event in 10:03.13.
Josh Sherfey placed first overall in the men's 10,000m final by finishing the event in 32:51.58, earning All-GSAC honors along the way. Sherfey’s performance marked the third time in his brilliant collegiate career that he has been named a Men's Track & Field GSAC Individual Champion in the 10,000m (2017, 2016, 2015). Elsewhere, Josh Nunez placed seventh in the event with a final time of 35:25.00.
After boasting three individual championships by the end of the first day of the conference championships, TMU placed fourth out of the seven competing teams with 37 points.
Tomorrow, the Mustangs, who recently ranked 14th in the nation by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA), will wrap up their time at the GSAC Championships. Below is a schedule of events for the final day of the conference championships.
11:30 AM Men’s High Jump (Final)
12:50 PM Men’s 1500m (Final)
1:30 PM Men’s 400m (Final)
1:50 PM Men’s 100m (Final)
2:10 PM Men’s 800m (Final)
2:50 PM Men’s 200m (Final)
3:10 PM Men’s 5,000m (Final)
3:55 PM Men’s 4x400m (Final)
4:30 PM Team Awards at Grandstand
66th Annual NAIA Men’s Outdoor Track & Field National Championships Qualifier Tracker:
Based on their outstanding performances so far in the 2017 track & field season, the following Mustangs will have qualified to represent The Master’s University at the 66th Annual Men’s Outdoor Track & Field National Championships from May 25-27 at the Mickey Miller Blackwell Stadium in Gulf Shores, Alabama: