June 19, 2014

SANTA CLARITA, Calif. – The Master’s College men’s cross country & track continues to prepare for a strong future after the signing of Andrew Orona of Newhall, California.

“I just can’t wait to be a part of The Master’s College family,” commented Orona. “I chose The Master’s College because of its amazing success in cross country and track. I believe it is the best choice for me not only to grow as a runner, but also with my faith in my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.”

While competing at Hart High School, Orona specialized in the 1600 and 3200-meter events.

When competing at the next level, Orona looks to help the cross country team as much as possible with the goal of winning an NAIA National Championship. In track, Orona desires to be a national champion in the 10k or the half marathon. Orona2.JPG

Commenting on Orona’s commitment, head coach Zach Schroeder stated, “The first time I met Andrew, I told my wife Amie, "Wow!  I REALLY want this kid!"  From day one I was impressed by his deep passion for the Lord, and his passion for the sport.  I love this guy!  He is very untapped and if we can keep him healthy, I think he's going to do great things.”

Orona plans to major in Biblical Studies with an emphasis in theology that will prepare him for a career as a teacher or minster.

TMC’s men’s cross country team manufactured strong marks in 2013 by bagging a fourth consecutive GSAC title while producing four All-GSAC cross country athletes along the way: Matthew Crichton, John Hurd, Joshua Sherfey, and Tyler Tockstein.

Looking to another fruitful 2014-15 season, the Mustangs will be graduating only one senior and returning seven veterans.

Orona and the Mustangs will open the 2014 cross country season on September 6 at the UC Irvine Invitational.

To view a complete list of commitments to The Master’s College Athletic Department for the 2014-15 academic year, click here