Mustangs Fight for Fourth Straight Title
November 9, 2013
COSTA MESA, Calif. – On a foggy Saturday morning, The Master’s College men’s cross country team bagged their fourth consecutive conference title at the GSAC Championship.
The No.17 ranked men came into the race gunning for their fourth straight conference title after remaining undefeated against conference competition. TMC placed first with a final time of 2 hours 9 minutes and 55.26 seconds.
The men’s race went out slow with senior Matthew Crichton (Mission Viejo, CA) and junior Tyler Tockstein (Canyon Country, CA) taking the lead early into the race. Through the second half of the race, freshman Joshua Sherfey (Stevenson Ranch, CA), junior John Hurd (Fairview, PA), and sophomore Ryan Freeman (Highland, CA) moved up, closing the gap on their teammates.
Sherfey and Hurd finished one-two for the Mustangs placing 4th and 5th overall with times of 25 minutes and 37 seconds and 25:49 for the 8,000 meter course. Crichton and Tockstein were not far behind, placing 7th and 9th with times of 25:56 and 26:07, respectively.
Of the seven competing Mustangs, Sherfey, Hurd, Circhton, and Tockstein placed in the top fourteen, which resulted in achieving All-Conference honors. On the topic of GSAC honors, Saturday’s team victory gave Zach Schroeder his fourth consecutive “GSAC Coach of the Year” title.
“What the men did today was notable after graduating four out of the five top guys from last year and returning with a consecutive fourth conference win,” remarked head coach Zach Schroeder. “This just demonstrates the commitment to excellence this team has; these guys worked extremely hard and today’s results are just a manifestation of the team they’ve been all season.”
In just over two weeks, the men will conclude their season by toeing the line at the NAIA National Cross Country Championships in Lawrence, Kansas on Saturday, November 23, at 10:30 a.m.
“I’m excited to take these guys to nationals as they are the closest group of guys we’ve ever had. It shows when they race and they are willing to lay themselves out for each other.”