November 8, 2014
SANTA CLARITA, Calif. – On an unseasonably hot day at the GSAC Cross Country Championships, The Master’s College men’s cross country team competed head-to-head against conference competition, which resulted in TMC claiming its fifth consecutive title.
Notably, Saturday’s victory ties the Mustangs for the most amount of GSAC wins with former conference member, Point Loma University.
As the packed field began racing, runners were tactically positioning them for a fast second half of the race. Within the last 400 meters, Michael Sciarra (Orange, CA) took control and kicked for third overall with a time of 26 minutes and 29.76 seconds for the 8,000 meter course.
Only a few spots back, Josh Sherfey (Stevenson Ranch, CA), Tyler Tockstein (Canyon Country, CA), Andrew Orona (Newhall, CA), and Ricky Buckelew (West Hills, CA) all finished within seconds of each other, bagging sixth, seventh, ninth, and twelfth overall with times of 26:55.80, 26:56.13, 27:00.42, and 27:17.99, respectively. As a result, the aforementioned runners received All-GSAC honors, which are awarded for the top fourteen finishers.
In addition, head coach Zach Schroeder was named the GSAC’s Coach of the Year for the fifth year in a row.
“Today was a really great showing for the guys as they all stepped up and raced hard for the win,” stated Sciarra. “They’ve worked hard all season for this, and we can’t wait to go to nationals in two weeks!”
Now, the men will toe the line against the top teams in the nation at the NAIA Cross Country National Championships held at the historic Rim Rock Farm in Lawrence, Kansas, on November 22.