Even though the event is called the Franson Last Chance track meet at Azusa Pacific University, Mustangs athletes used it as a tune-up for the upcoming National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics National Championships.
Consider the athletes’ machines finely tuned.
Three program records were broken at Azusa Pacific University (APU), including Davis Boggess breaking John Gilbertson’s decade-long 5K mark and establishing the fastest time in the NAIA this year.
“Watching Davis’ performances this season has brought back a flood of memories for me,” said head coach Zach Schroeder. “I never knew if I would see another athlete competing at the level John Gilbertson did back in 2012, but Davis is now the second athlete to blaze under the 14-minute mark for 5k as a Mustang.”
Boggess ran the 5k at APU in 13:54.68, eclipsing Gilbertson’s 2012 mark of 13:56.56.
“Records are set only to one day be broken, but what sets Davis apart is how he’s using his record-breaking performances to elevate and inspire those around him and most importantly to use the podium to proclaim Christ,” Schroeder said. “His incredible season is more than just a storybook tale of triumph, it’s a testament to the power of faith in action. We can’t wait to see how Davis’ journey continues to impact and influence God’s Kingdom at nationals.”
Ellen Palmgren also set a new school record in the 800m with a 2:10.13, breaking her own time from a year ago of 2:10.73.
In the field, Josh Williamsonbroke his own record in the shot put with a distance of 16.29 m (53′ 5 1/2″).
Seven additional athletes set personal bests and two (Williamson in the shot put and Levi Robert in the steeplechase) reached A standards, which means they have automatically qualified for nationals.
The Master’s will be bringing 21 athletes to the NAIA National Championships, which will be held May 24-26 at Indiana Wesleyan University in Marion, Ind.