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TMC Insider: Two Mustangs go All-American

Posted: May 25, 2014 10:04 p.m.
Updated: May 25, 2014 10:04 p.m.

The Master's College's Josh Sherfey, center, accepts his award at the NAIA Track and Field finals on Saturday. Photo courtesy of TMC Sports Information

 

This past weekend, two Santa Clarita natives earned The Master’s College men’s and women’s track team’s All-American honors at the NAIA Outdoor Track and Field National Championships in Gulf Shores, Alabama while The Master’s College men’s basketball team gained depth in the form of a transfer player from Michigan State University.

Track and Field

From Thursday to Saturday, the TMC men’s and women’s track and field teams competed at the NAIA Outdoor Track & Field National Championships with nine representatives from the women’s team and three from the men’s. Two Santa Clarita Valley high school products highlighted the Mustangs’ time in Gulf Shores as Saugus graduate Karis Frankian and Hart graduate Joshua Sherfey nabbed NAIA All-American honors.

On Thursday, Frankian finished fifth in the 10,000-meter final with a blazing time of 36 minutes, 38.32 seconds.

Notably, Frankian repeated her NAIA All-American honors in the event to become the school’s first two-time All-American in the event.

On Saturday, Sherfey competed in the 5,000 final, finishing the race in 14:57.55. As a result, Sherfey’s sixth-place finish earned the freshman runner All-American honors.

“My highest hopes were for Josh to make it to finals as we’ve never had a freshman compete on that level before,” commented head coach Zach Schroeder on Sherfey’s performance. “What Josh did today vastly exceeded my expectations. ... I’m very proud of him.”

Men’s Basketball

Russell Byrd of the Big Ten’s Michigan State University will transfer for his senior season to play for The Master’s College men’s basketball team.

“Russell is obviously a talent that will help improve our program, but even more importantly he is a person of high character who can be a leader on the court and in the locker room,” commented TMC head coach Ken Sugarman. “With his size and skill set, he gives us great flexibility with the ability to play a bigger lineup with him on the wing, and also to go smaller and have him in the classic stretch four spot with his shooting ability.”

Byrd’s enthusiasm of being a Mustang matches Sugarman’s.

“I’m looking forward to playing for Coach Sugarman at The Master’s College,” commented Byrd. “I want to earn my playing time there and I do not expect anything to be given to me. I’m obviously excited about playing basketball, but what excites me most is the spiritual atmosphere at TMC. From the leadership that’s on the team to the administration of the school, I’m thrilled to be a part of it all. The program has discipleship and encouragement. While God cares about basketball, he cares about the heart more, and I’m excited to grow in this time.”

According to Michigan State’s team page, Byrd appeared in 23 games during the 2013-14 season and averaged 1.1 points and 1.0 rebounds in 7.6 minutes per contest.

Off the court, Byrd plans to major in Liberal Studies.

The 6-foot-7, 205-pound Fort Wayne, Indiana native enters The Master’s College with one season of eligibility. Russell’s parents, Kelly and Kebra Byrd, are both alumni of TMC. As a student, Kelly Byrd played 2 1/2 seasons for the Mustangs (1983-86) as a forward/center. Byrd is still No. 2 on the college’s career field goal percentage list at 58.7 percent.

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