Pack of Mustangs Pass First Test
September 7, 2013
By Ryan Freeman, for TMC Sports Information
IRVINE, Calif. - On Saturday, The Master’s College men’s cross country team toed the line at the UC Irvine Invitational in hot and humid conditions.
During the men’s race, the pre-race strategy of running as a pack paid off as freshman phenom Josh Sherfey (Valencia, CA) finished 10th overall, and first for the Mustangs, with a time of 26 minutes and 20.4 seconds for the 8,000 meter race.
The rest of the Mustangs were not far behind with both John Hurd (Fairveiw, PA) and Matthew Crichton (Mission Viejo, CA) finishing 20 seconds apart with times of 26:30 and 26:50.2. Daniel Eller (Los Angeles, CA), Tyler Tockstein (Santa Clarita, CA), Michael Sciarra (Irvine, CA), and Taylor Koh (Santa Margarita, CA) followed with times of 27:35.6, 27:36.8., 27:38.4, and 29:40, respectively.
The end result of the race put the men at third place, right behind Division I NCAA power, UC Irvine. Notably, it was the best team finish (3rd, 2:14:53.00, 90 points, 26:58.60 average time) TMC has recorded at the event.
With regards to the top three, head coach Zach Schroeder stated, “Going into the race, we wanted to see five guys finishing together. We had to change the racing strategy from past years with the absence of a front runner. The top three guys did a great job of working together, and in the weeks to come, we want to see the gap between our one and five diminish.”
Next up for TMC is their second annual home meet, The Mustang Challenge, in two weeks on Saturday, September 21. Race time is scheduled for 9:15 a.m. at Central Park.