By Ryan Freeman, For TMC Sports Information
September 20, 2014
SANTA CLARITA, Calif. – On a cool and breezy morning, The 2014 Mustang Challenge was underway as the 12th-ranked men’s cross-country team of The Master’s College placed fourth behind ninth-ranked Cal State San Marcos, NCAA D.I Cal State Fullerton, and NCAA D.I Sacramento State.
The Mustangs ran as a pack throughout the race until finishing one after the other, maintaining a close gap of time. Joshua Sherfey (Stevenson Ranch, CA) was the first Mustang to cross the line, placing 15th overall after running a respectable time of 26 minutes and 28 seconds for the 8,000-meter course. The duo of Michael Sciarra (Orange, CA) and John Hurd (Fairview, PA) were right on Sherfey’s heels, placing 17th and 20th after notching times of 26:31 and 26:35. Although during the race the direction of the course was compromised, the Mustangs, as well as the other teams, completed the appropriate distance with accurate finishing times.
As a team, TMC finished with a time of 2:13:34.3.
“Our men did a fantastic job of executing their race plan by running as a unit with a very tight 1-5 split,” remarked Mustang head coach Zach Schroeder. “They showed great mental composure in the midst of a wrong turn, particularly a few of our freshman, who eventually stepped up and made big improvements from the last race. I’m excited to see them continue to progress as the year goes on.”
Now, the Mustangs will toe the line in two weeks at the Pomona-Pitzer Invitational on October 4th.