Last week, members of The Master’s University men’s track & field program had made history at the 2017 Westmont Classic w/ Jim Klein Multis on the campus of Westmont College in Santa Barbara.
On Thursday and Friday, Maxwell Hudson wrote a new page in TMU’s history book by becoming the first ever TMU athlete to participate in a decathlon.
Thursday, Hudson competed in the 100m Dash (11.89), Long Jump (5.53m), Shot Put (9.44m), High Jump (1.57m), and the 400m (54.25).
On Friday, Hudson returned to compete in the remaining five events: 110 High Hurdles (19.43), Discus (30.86m), Pole Vault (4.10m), Javelin (42.49m), and 1500m (5:12.13).
Hudson tallied 5,174 points, placing 12th overall. “This was an outstanding first decathlon for Max”, commented Head Coach Zach Schroeder. “There’s room for improvement in several of his events. I think he has a good chance at scoring around 5,500 points at GSAC.”
In order to qualify for the NAIA National Championships in the decathlon, an athlete must score a minimum of 5,500 points and post one of the top 16 scores nationally.
On Saturday, TMU’s Gareth Matson made his collegiate Debut in the 5000m race walk, where he finished the event in 27:31.21. Notably, Matson is the first athlete to ever compete in the collegiate race walk for TMU. Finally TMU’s Noah Frizzell represented the Mustangs in the men’s high jump where he cleared 1.90m, tying for fourth overall and setting a new lifetime best.
Now, the Mustangs look forward to next weekend where they’ll compete in the San Francisco Distance Carnival from March 31 – April 1.
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:
Joshua Sherfey: Men’s 5,000m, Marathon
Tim Gutierrez: Marathon
Alec Franco: Men’s 3,000m Steeplechase
Skyler Mikesell: 1500m