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College cross country: Gilbertson keeps cruising

TMC runner has won all four races this season

Posted: October 14, 2012 2:00 a.m.
Updated: October 14, 2012 2:00 a.m.
 

The Master’s College’s John Gilbertson extended his undefeated season on Saturday, winning the competitive Bronco Invitational at Santa Clara University with an eight-mile time of 23 minutes, 40.3 seconds — a personal best.

The event featured runners from NCAA Division I schools such as UCLA, Colorado and St. Mary’s, among others.

Gilbertson’s victory was his fourth win in as many races this season, as he led the NAIA No. 10 ranked Mustangs to a 16th place finish at the event.

“He looked phenomenal, that’s his fourth win in a row,” said TMC co-head coach Amie Schroeder. “He looks like he’s going to go undefeated this season. That was another big D1 invitational and for him to go out there and win was huge for us.”

The TMC women finished 15th at the event, with Saugus graduate and Master’s freshman Karis Frankian running a personal-collegiate best time of 17:43.7 in the women’s 5K race.

That time was good for 23rd overall and third among freshman.

Hannah Kellerman finished second for TMC, with a time of 17:59.9, and Katrina Graham was third in 18:29.1.

“It was great, our entire squad ran personal bests except for two athletes on our entire men’s and women’s team,” Schroeder said. “We’re in the middle of a big training block so we didn’t freshen up and to have kids come out and run better than they ever had when we’re beat up from training is pretty exciting so we’re pretty exciting.”

Behind Gilbertson, TMC’s usual No. 2 runner, Anthony Pizzo, was given the day off.

Junior David Eller was the Mustangs second-highest finisher with a time of 25:10.7, and sophomore John Hurd finished in 25:18.4.

Senior Camden McAlister ran in 25:35.8 and Matthew Crichton ran 25:38.4.

“To have all five of our scoring athletes running well under 25:40 is pretty good, and two freshman ran fantastic, as well,” Schroeder said of Ryan Freeman (26:38) and Daniel Eller (26.47).

The Mustangs will be back in action on Oct. 20 at 8:30 a.m. for the NAIA West Coact Jamboree in Irvine.

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