June 22, 2017
SANTA CLARITA, Calif. – The Master’s University men’s cross country program has announced its 2017 schedule.
The Mustangs, who ranked fifth on the 2016 Men’s Cross Country Coaches’ Top 25 Poll, will open their season on Saturday, September 3, at the Mark Covert Classic in Fullerton. Last fall, TMU kicked off its season by placing first in the 8k with a collective time of 2:09.19.50.
Two weeks later on September 16, TMU will compete at the UC Riverside Invitational on the UCR Ag Ops Course.
On September 30, the squad will stay local and host its sixth annual event, the TMU XC Invitational (previously known as The Mustang Challenge) at Santa Clarita’s Central Park. In addition to the traditional collegiate race, this year’s event will also include a number of high school races.
October will consist of two crucial races for the Mustangs: the Vanguard Invitational on the 14th at the Irvine Regional Park in Orange, and the Warrior Invitational on the 21st at the Johnson-Springview Park in Rocklin.
That month will serve as a barometer for the team as it enters the always-competitive GSAC Championships on November 4. This year’s conference championship race will be hosted by Vanguard in Orange. In 2016, TMU earned an unprecedented seventh consecutive GSAC title while producing five All-GSAC athletes along the way: Josh Sherfey, Alec Franco, Andrew Orona, Skyler Mikesell, and Ricky Buckelew.
Finally, on Saturday, November 18, the TMU looks to compete at the NAIA National Championships at the Fort Vancouver National Historic Championship Course, in Vancouver, Washington. Last year, TMU earned a fifth place finish at the 2016 NAIA Men’s Cross Country National Championships on the North Farm Cross Country Course in Elsah, Illinois by recording a cumulative team time of 2:08:48.60.
Commenting on the Mustangs’ upcoming 2017 season, TMU head coach Zach Schroeder said, “I’m really excited about the breakout track seasons that both Skyler Mikesell, and Alec Franco had. These two NAIA All-American’s took their sport to the next level this past spring, and we will look to them to instill the same focus and commitment within the rest of the team this fall. We have a number of new athletes joining our roster this year that could make an immediate impact in our scoring positions. We plan to be a much better pack running team this fall, and hopefully we can produce a top five finish at the NAIA National Championship.”
To view TMU's 2017 men’s cross country schedule, click here.