February 25, 2013
SANTA CLARITA, Calif. – At the outset of the 2013 track season, Zach Schroeder, seventh-year head coach of The Master’s College cross country and track programs, is already looking to the future, made evident by the recent signing of Crean Lutheran High School senior, Michael Sciarra.
“Michael has an undying passion for the Lord and running,” said Schroeder. “He’s a great kid that we can see playing an integral part of the team. I’m expecting him to contribute athletically and spiritually. He should play a key role on the team, not just as an athlete, but as an eventual leader.”
Sciarra enters The Master’s College with an impressive resume that includes four years as a member of the first-team All-Academy League squad, an All-CIF Southern Section performer, three-year team MVP kudos, a recipient of Crean’s coaches’ award, and a three-year team captain with the Saints.
The future Mustang harrier drew attention from other GSAC schools like Biola, Arizona Christian, Westmont, and Concordia, but chose The Master’s College because of its commitment to the scriptures.
“It [TMC] is an amazing college that is committed to the Bible,” said Sciarra. “I love the team, and I’m really looking forward to grow in the Word, while competing with a phenomenal team.”
Sciarra’s goals entering The Master’s College are straightforward: make it to nationals, and be the best athlete he can possibly be.
Coach Schroeder believes these goals are attainable since he is already strategically planning advantageous uses of Sciarra’s athleticism.
“In the next year for cross country we’re looking to do a lot of pack-running, and look to have Michael as an instant contributor in the top five,” reports Schroeder. “With wanting to emphasize a team dynamic, we expect him to help maintain a tight group. His spring involvement with track will play heavily into how he competes in the fall with cross country.”
But Sciarra’s athleticism isn’t the only reason why Schroeder is excited for the newest Mustang recruit.
“It’s who he [Sciarra] is that makes us excited about him competing at TMC,” said Schroeder. “He’s not going to be a fringe player, but rather be at the heart and center of all that we do. He’s an “all-in” type of guy, and everything we’re looking for condensed in one athlete.”
Because of his 16:10 5K time and a three-mile time of 15:34 with the Saints, Sciarra is expected to compete with the Mustangs in the 5K or the 3000-meter steeplechase.