The Master’s University Athletic Department is coming off its most successful year ever. Five NAIA individual national championships were won, another individual and a team were national runners-up, and another team made it to the semifinals of their national championship tournament.
This year, the department’s teams once again feature a plethora of talent and a shared focus — to honor Christ in everything. Here’s a preview of what you can expect from TMU’s fall teams on the field, the court, and the course.
As always, the best source for all things TMU Athletics is gomustangs.com, where you will find schedules, stats, and livestreams of games.
Zach Schroeder (18th season)
Despite losing All-American and track and field national champion Davis Boggess to graduation, the men’s cross country team returns some of the best distance runners in the nation and has a legitimate opportunity to claim TMU’s 14th consecutive Golden State Athletic Conference title and first-ever team national championship. Plus, the Mustangs will host two meets in Santa Clarita — The Master’s University XC Invitational on Sept. 23, and the GSAC Championships on Nov. 3.
Brint Laubach (finished 10th at NAIA National Championships; 2x All-American)
Daniel Rush (4x All-GSAC member)
Zach Garey (part of indoor 4×800 national championship relay)
Jacob Fredericks (finished 28th at California state championships)
Jacob Niednagel (CIF San Diego Section D3 champion)
Emmanual De Leon (transfer from Menlo College; GSAC Freshman of the Year)
GSAC Champions; 3rd at the NAIA National Championships
Zach Schroeder (18th season)
TMU Women’s Cross Country is coming off its third consecutive conference title, and the program doesn’t look to be slowing down any time soon. After finishing sixth at nationals and returning most of the team’s core, the women’s squad could crack the top five nationally for the first time in program history.
Hannah Fredericks (2021, 2022 NAIA All-American)
Ellen Palmgren (2021, 2022 NAIA All-American)
Rebekah Niednagel (3x California state finalist)
Cora McClain (freshman from Colorado Springs)
GSAC Champions; 6th at the NAIA National Championships
Jim Rickard (33rd season)
With a solid core of returners and a recruiting class that features some of the best talent in the country, the men’s soccer program looks to improve on its 6-8-3 overall finish last season. The team will be tested early, with its first three games coming against NCAA Division 2 opponents. Two of those three matches will be at home.
Prince Chingancheke (2022 All-GSAC selection)
Giorgio Martino (2022 All-GSAC selection)
Theo Kudlo (2022 All-GSAC selection)
Alexis Garcia (1st Team All-Region 20 at Harford Community College)
Peyton Gorans (Regional Olympic Development Program player)
Trenton Rickard (All-CIF and 3x Foothill League MVP)
Tyrik Trotman (member of Trinidad and Tobago U20 national team)
6-8-3 Overall; 4-4-1 GSAC (T-6th)
Esteban Chavez (1st season)
The big news for the Lady Mustangs was that Curtis Lewis stepped down after 16 years as head coach. Taking over is Esteban Chavez, an assistant with the team last season who brings a significant amount of success from the high school and club soccer ranks.
Hannah Burke (2022 All-GSAC; team’s leading scorer)
Autumn Jensen (2022 All-GSAC)
Cynthia Ramos (1st Team All-Ventura County)
Harmony Rohde (sister of TMU All-GSAC men’s soccer player Aidan Rohde)
5-8-5 Overall; 2-2-4 GSAC (6th)
Annett Davis (4th season)
The Mustangs went from 5-13 in GSAC play in 2021 to 9-9 last season, making it back to the GSAC postseason tournament. With a core of key veterans returning and several high-level freshmen coming in, the Lady Mustangs will look to continue climbing the conference standings.
Faith Tarver (2022 All-GSAC)
Ruby Duncan (2021 All-GSAC)
Breanna Brooks (2020, 2021 All-GSAC)
Trinity Beers (2x MVP Central California Athletic Alliance)
Kaysa Brown (2021 CIF Southern Section D8 Player of the Year)
Cara Dunnigan (LA Mission College 2nd Team All-Conference)
14-12 Overall; 9-9 GSAC (6th)
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