September 21, 2015
SANTA CLARITA, Calif. -- In a tough field of 217 runners, including the NCAA’s 13th-ranked UCLA, The Master’s College men’s cross country team placed 8th out of 18 teams, with a total team time of 2:13:09.48 in the men’s 8k at the fourth annual Mustang Challenge Saturday morning at Santa Clarita’s Central Park.
The duo of Andrew Orona and Josh Sherfey led the 14th-ranked Mustangs with strong finishes of 27th and 32nd place in times of 26 minutes and 5.88 seconds and 26:14.74. Orona and Sherfey were in good company with teammates Richard Buckelew and Skyler Mikesell, who crossed the line at 26:40.06 and 26:50.67, respectively. Notably, this effort resulted in TMC claiming the highest NAIA finish of the day, as the Mustangs bested both Westmont (9th) and Biola (12th).
“This second race is a good indicator that we will be hard to beat at conference,” remarked head Coach Zach Schroeder. “We’re progressing and excited to get Michael Sciarra back in our line-up. Our hope and prayer is that we have a good platform to represent the Lord well through our running.”
After a couple more weeks of training, the Mustangs will toe the line at the Pomona-Pitzer Invitational on Oct. 3.