April 27, 2013
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. – The Mustangs spent the last two days at Westmont College competing in the Golden State Athletic Conference Championships where two different Mustang athletes earned four different GSAC individual champion titles.
John Gilbertson (Saugus, CA) walked away with three different GSAC champion titles (1500m, 5000m, and 10000m), while Jason Logan (Spartanburg, SC) earned one (High Jump).
“It’s a pretty unique thing to be a three-time conference title athlete,” said assistant coach Amie Schroeder about Gilbertson’s performance. “To be able to produce three back-to-back-to-back conference championship titles is a phenomenal feat. Gilbertson is competing at a completely different level.”
Gilbertson and freshman runner Daniel Eller (Los Angeles, CA) competed in the men’s 5000m race. Gilbertson placed first in 14:48, while Eller paced himself and finished in 16:10.49
In the 1500m prelims, Matt Crichton (Mission Viejo, CA) placed first overall by finishing in 4:01.22. Gilbertson (Saugus, CA) followed with 4:01.26 as his final time. Gilbertson and Crichton’s times advanced them to finals, where Gilbertson finished first in 3:49.79. Crichton finished in fourth place at 3:54.42.
Crichton had a fantastic showing as the junior runner competed in both the 800m and the 1500m prelims. In the 800m, Crichton finished fourth overall (second in his heat), posting a time of 1 minute and 59. 06 seconds. Crichton’s time advanced him to finals where he placed fourth with a time of 1:56.88.
For the 10,000m, the Mustangs made their presence known by placing five athletes in the race. Gilbertson won the event in 31:34.23, while John Hurd (Fairview, PA), placed second at 31:43.41. Ryan Freeman (Highland, CA) posted 32:46.77, while Tyler Tockstein (Santa Clarita, CA) finished in 33:46.75. Camden McAlister (Saugus, CA) finished the event in 34:58.60.
David Eller (Los Angeles, CA) represented The Master’s College in the men’s 3000m steeplechase, finishing the event in second place with a time of 9:34.66.
Logan was crowned the GSAC’s High Jump champion where he won his flight by clearing 2.10 meters (6-10 ¾ Ft.), matching his lifetime-best mark along the way. Logan previously matched that mark at the Pomona-Pitzer Invite on April 13.
Schroeder further commented on the squad’s performance by saying “Although we’re a very small program, in the events in which we compete, we either place first or second. It’s a pretty powerful performance for such a small squad. I’m so proud of them all.”
With the GSAC Championships in the books, the Mustangs now set their sites on the NAIA Outdoor Championships. But before they make they trek to Marion, Indiana, the 2013 Oxy Invite calls for another strong performance from the squad. The meet will take place on May 4 at Occidental College.