April 28, 2017
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. – On Friday, The Master’s University men’s track & field team finished its time at the 2017 GSAC Championships in impressive fashion.
Noah Frizzell kicked things off by competing in the men’s high jump where he placed eighth overall after clearing 1.75m.
In the 1500m, Skyler Mikesell was named the GSAC Champion and earned All-GSAC honors after placing first overall with a final time of 4:00.31. Westmont’s Michael Contant broke off from the pack with nearly 600m to go, until Mikesell chased him down and passed him in the last 200m, and ultimately pulled away for the win. Also in the 1500m, Tobin Bolter placed fifth overall with a respectable time of 4:07.50.
In the 400m, Christian Carter earned All-GSAC honors after placing third in 50.14. Jacob Ortiz placed sixth overall after running the race in 51.73. Both athletes’ performance in the 400m marked new collegiate bests. Carter later represented TMU in the 200m where he placed sixth overall in 22.97.
Samuel Jaimes placed fifth in the 100m after clocking a time of 11.42.
In the 800m, Skyler Mikesell placed seventh overall with a time of 2:02.67.
In the 5,000m TMU’s Josh Sherfey was named the GSAC Champion for the third-straight year after winning the event in 15:11.09. Notably, the day before, 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).
Not to be overlooked, Andrew Orona earned All-GSAC honors in the 5000m after placing third with a final time of 15:24.53. Stephen Pacheco placed 10th overall in 15:49.98, while Alec Franco placed 12th in 16:11.66.
The Mustangs claimed individual champions in all distance events (10,000m, steeplechase, 1500m, 5000m).
Finally, in the 4x400m, TMU men’s track made history by competing in the event for the first time ever. The Mustangs’ fifth-place finish in 3:28.73 was memorable as it was marked by outstanding performances from Mikesell, Ortiz, Jaimes, and Carter.
Collectively, the Mustangs earned 88 total points and placed fourth out of the GSAC’s seven competing teams. Coupled with the Lady Mustangs’ performance (46.50 points, fifth of seven teams), TMU earned 134.50 total points and a fourth-place overall finish.
Next Saturday, the Mustangs, who recently ranked 14th in the nation by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA), will compete at the 2017 Oxy Invite on the campus of Occidental College in Eagle Rock.
2017 GSAC Track & Field Championship Individual Champion Tracker:
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: