June 17, 2014

SANTA CLARITA, Calif. – The Master’s College men’ track and field team has added another important component with the recent signing of College of the Canyons' transfer Andrew Sanchez.

“I chose to attend The Master's College because I know the atmosphere is going to be one of serious dedication to the sport as well as an underlying desire to honor God through sport,” commented Sanchez. “I also already knew that the coaching at The Master's for track is very serious and highly competitive.”

The Van Nuys, California, native competed in track at Village Christian where he earned the Newcomer's Award in 2010, was named the team’s MVP and captain in 2011-12, and set a school record in the 400 meters in 2012.

Sanchez2.JPGAcademically, Sanchez earned Village’s Excellence in Math Award in 2010, earned an AP Statistics score of 5 in 2011, an AP Calculus score of 5 in 2012, and an AP Language score of 4 in 2012.

Schroeder commented on Sanchez’s signing by stating, “I'm so excited to have Andrew Sanchez join our program.  Obviously, we're a very distance-oriented program, but Andrew believed enough in what we're about to want to be a part of where we're going and what we're doing.  Sanchez is a class act.  He's humble and willing to work very hard.  I'm excited to see him perform at the national level in the coming years.”

At COC, Sanchez earned the Coach's Award in 2013 and was named the Cougars’ team captain in 2014.

Looking ahead to his time at The Master’s College, Sanchez already has a plethora of admirable goals when competing for the Mustangs.

“My goal as a track runner is to continue improving my times as I run and to make it to nationals the next two years at TMC,” commented Sanchez. “Ultimately, my goal would be to make it to the Olympics in the 400m as well as the 4x400m relay.”

In 2014, The Master’s College men’s track team posted quality marks, including a successful trip to the 63rd annual Men's Outdoor Track & Field National Championships in Gulf Shores, Alabama. There, Joshua Sherfey (Valencia, CA) competed in the 5000-meter final and finished the race in 14:57.55. Sherfey’s sixth-place finish earned him All-American honors, making him the first male freshman athlete in program history to do so and set him apart as the lone Mustang to earn such accolades this past spring.

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

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