FROM THE OSU ATHLETICS OFFICE
Cowboy Cross Country/Track Signs Top Recruit
STILLWATER, Okla. – The Oklahoma State men’s cross country and track team signed the highest rated prospect in the history of the school Friday, adding to an already impressive class.
German Fernandez of Riverbank High School in Riverbank, Calif., headlines the class. Coach Dave Smith said Fernandez is considered one of the best prospects in the country.
“He is in everybody’s top five, mine included” Smith said. “Many feel that he is the best high school cross country runner in the country.”
Fernandez won the under-20 division USA Track and Field Junior National Cross Country Championships at the age of 17, running a time of 24:18 on the 8-kilometer course and beating several NCAA Division I runners. As a result, Fernandez was selected to represent the United States at the World Cross Country championships in Scotland at the end of March.
He also won the 2007 California State meet, running the 5-kilometer course in 14:24, good enough to break a 21-year-old state course record by 14 seconds. He earned another first-place finish at the 2007 Foot Locker West Regional Cross Country Championship, which qualified him for the Foot Locker National Championship, where he placed third on the 5-kilometer course with a time of 15:09.
Joining Fernandez in the class are Colby Lowe of Carroll Senior High School in Southlake, Texas, and Ryan Prentice of Mount Rainier High School in Seattle, Wash.
Lowe won the 2007 Foot Locker South Regional Cross Country Championship and placed fourth at the Foot Locker National Championship, finishing one place and three seconds behind Fernandez with a time of 15:12.
In 2007, Prentice won the 5000 meters at the USA Track and Field Junior Olympic National Championships and won the Washington state cross country championship.
Smith said he is excited to have Fernandez join the team with Lowe and Prentice.
“I am absolutely thrilled to add German to an already outstanding recruiting class,” Smith said. “German, Colby Lowe and Ryan Prentice are all big-time recruits and without a doubt they are the best class to ever come to OSU.”