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TMC Insider: Gilbertson records 2013's world best in 10K

Women’s basketball earns postseason ranking; Baseball named among top five in country

Posted: March 30, 2013 8:16 p.m.
Updated: March 30, 2013 8:16 p.m.
 

 

With a month left before graduation, TMC’s track, golf, and baseball programs are starting to make great strides, while women’s basketball continues to earn national recognition in wake of one of its finest seasons in program history.

 

Men’s Track

John Gilbertson, Matthew Crichton, David Eller, and Jason Logan competed in the elite 2013 Stanford Invitational.

Leading the way was Gilbertson with a winning time of 28 minutes, 30.35 seconds in his 10k debut. Gilbertson’s time is the fastest time in the world for 2013, surpassing South Africa’s Elroy Gelant, who formerly held the season’s world record at 28:50.24.

Logan placed 12th overall in the second heat of the high jump, clearing 1.86 meters (6.1 feet) on his first jump, 1.91 (6.2) on his second, and 1.96 (6.4) on his third.

Crichton and Eller competed in the Men’s 3000-meter steeplechase. Crichton set a new school record at 9:20.19, 0.19 seconds off the NAIA’s “A Standard” (9.20). Eller finished shortly behind Crichton at 9:32.99.

With a time qualifying him for a sixth national championship appearance, Crichton has the potential to appear eight times in the national championships, a feat never accomplished by a TMC distance athlete.

 

Golf

Mustang Golf competed in the “Battle of Primm,” in Primm, Nevada. After the first two rounds, TMC placed first of 17 teams at 9-under 567 (280, 287).

At the end of round three, the No. 9 nationally ranked Mustangs finished in fifth place, with a final score of one-over 865 (287, 280, 298).

Thane Ringler and Michael Reitz finished in the top 10 (Rinlger at 7th, Reitz tied for 9th), while John Lawson shot a career-low round of 66.

 

Women’s Basketball

The Lady Mustangs earned a No. 12 national ranking in the NAIA Division I Women’s Basketball Coaches’ Top 25 Postseason Poll.

Spearheading one of the finest seasons in Mustang Basketball history, Jacquelyn Marshall and Lena Rivera earned second-team NAIA All-America honors and NAIA All-America honorable mention, respectively.

TMC finished in third-place in the Golden State Athletic Conference and then competed in the 33rd annual NAIA Division I Women’s Basketball National Tournament. The Mustangs concluded their season with a 25-6 overall and 10-4 GSAC record.

 

Baseball

The TMC baseball team caught the eye of coaches around the country in the first regular-season edition of the 2013 NAIA Baseball Coaches’ Top 25 Poll, with the coaches tabbing the Mustangs as the nation’s No. 5 squad. This is the first time in program history the club has been ranked among the NAIA’s top five teams.

Commenting on his team’s lofty ranking, 17-year head coach Monte Brooks said, “Thank the Lord for this experience. We’re extremely excited. It’s an honor for the coaches across the country to recognize us as a baseball program that’s having a tremendous season. On the flip side, we know that we still have a lot of season left to play.”

The Mustangs (27-11 overall, 19-8 GSAC) put their freshly-minted ranking on the line Wednesday and Thursday against Concordia, the No. 13 team in the country, in a crucial three-game series featuring the top two teams in the GSAC.

Behind Jon Popadics’ two-run, eighth-inning single, the Mustangs rallied to beat the Eagles 7-5 in the opener but then fell victim to a pair of shutouts in a doubleheader sweep a day later.

Despite the series loss, the Mustangs (27-11, 19-8) kept their hold on first place in the GSAC, holding a 2 1/2-game lead over Concordia.

 

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