Mustangs Trample Conference Competitors
By Ryan Freeman, For TMC Sports Information
September 21, 2013
SANTA CLARITA, Calif. - On a cool and misty Saturday morning, The Master’s College men’s cross country team competed at Central Park, the squad’s home course, in The Mustang Challenge Collegiate Open Men’s 8k.
The Mustangs finished with a third of 14 team finish, and were led by the duo of junior John Hurd (Fairview, PA), and senior Matthew Crichton (Mission Viejo, CA). Out of a field of 150 runners, Hurd and Crichton finished in 12th and 13th place with times of 25 minutes and 35.34 seconds and 25:39.48 for the 8,000 meter course.
Junior Tyler Tockstein (Canyon Country, CA) was not far behind, finishing in 26:07.05 with freshman Michael Sciarra (Orange, CA) only twelve seconds back in 26:19.76.
Rounding things off for the Mustangs was sophomore Daniel Eller (Los Angeles, CA), freshman Josh Sherfey (Stevenson Ranch, CA), and freshman Taylor Koh (Rancho Santa Margarita, CA) with times of 27:00.11, 27:01.10, and 27:22.57.
“The men ran a team time that was four seconds faster than last year’s result,” commented head coach Zach Schroeder. “Although Josh Sherfey was struggling with a side stitch, we hope to contend against the top teams in the conference and nationally.”
“We have a great foundation, and the freshmen will definitely improve in the upcoming races,” observed Mustang runner John Hurd.
Next Saturday, the Mustangs will travel north to compete at the prestigious Stanford Invitational on Saturday, September 28.