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Around the SCV: TMC runner wins NAIA title

Jackson takes first place at national meet in marathon

Posted: June 5, 2010 4:55 a.m.
Updated: June 5, 2010 4:55 a.m.
 

Jeff Jackson became the second-ever individual National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics champion in The Master's College history on Saturday, when he won the men's marathon at the NAIA Outdoor Track and Field championships in Marion, Ind.

It is the first national championship for TMC's track and field program.

Chad Wensel won the school's first NAIA title in 2004 in men's golf.

"What Jeff accomplished at nationals cannot be overstated," said TMC head coach Zach Schroeder. "It was a tremendous achievement, not only for our program, but for The Master's College athletic department as a whole."

At mile 20, Jackson was over a minute behind leader Nick Gehlsen of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, but overtook Gehlsen at mile 24 and pulled away.

Jackson's final time was 2 hours, 31 minutes, 14 seconds, besting the second-place finisher by 1:30.

"I ran pretty conservatively and everybody in front tired," said Jackson, who was in third place at mile 22. "My style is to normally go to the front, but in a marathon you have to be patient and at mile 20 I picked it up. I passed (Gehlsen) at mile 24 and at mile 25 I looked back and I was all alone."

Jackson was honored as an NAIA All-American in the marathon, along with teammate Kevin Lawson who was honored in the triple jump.

Jackson will return in the fall to head a young cross country team that features local talents Anthony Pizzo and John Gilbertson.

Vogelsang named SoCal All-American
College of the Canyons freshman and West Ranch graduate Cal Vogelsang was named one of Southern California's best with a selection to the California Community College Baseball Southern California All-America team.

COC's lone selection, Vogelsang batted .380 for the Cougars this season and was fourth in the state with 11 home runs.

"For me to get that honor in my first year is huge," Vogelsang said. "It was a little frustrating to miss the playoffs as a team, but as far as my individual goals go, I want to be with the best of the best."

Local seniors set for one more
Eight local football talents will be playing in the Daily News High School All-Star Game at Birmingham High School in Van Nuys on Sunday.

The game mostly features schools from the San Fernando Valley, but players from Hart, Valencia, Saugus and West Ranch are also included. Members of Hart, Valencia and West Ranch players will compete on the West team, while Saugus' lone selection, defensive back Jonathan Aguirre, will play for the East team.

Hart starting quarterback and Idaho State-bound punter C.J. Reyes heads the Indians' selections, along with running back Jack Stephens and wide receiver Blake Borland.

Valencia adds defensive back/wide receiver Zach Tartabull and linemen Kevin Rush and Nick Oliva to the West squad.
West Ranch defensive back Branden Pistone rounds out the local players on the West team.

Signal staff writer Paul Putignano contributed to this report.

 

 

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