Thursday, June 21, 2012

NCAA Champions Fernandez, Heath Join KIMbia Athletics

Former NCAA Champions German Fernandez and Elliott Heath are joining KIMbia Athletics.

Fernandez has been one of the most talked-about young American talents since a spectacular prep career that culminated in knocking almost two seconds off one of the oldest high school records on the books: Jeff Nelson’s 29-year-old mark of 8:36.3 for 2-miles. However, Fernandez’s 8:34.40 — which came in a high-school-only competition — might only be his second most impressive high school performance when compared to the eye-popping double at the 2008 California State meet. There, the Riverbank-native ran 4:00.29 for 1600m, breaking Ryan Hall’s state record, followed by 8:34.23 for 3200m, just three hours later. The following year at Oklahoma State yielded even more impressive results. Fernandez twice broke the World Junior Record for the Indoor Mile, running a shock 3:56.5 at a mid-season invitational, before winning the Big 12 Conference Championships in 3:55.02 — a mark that still stands as a World Junior and NCAA Record. That summer he blitzed the field to win the NCAA 1500m as a freshman, clocking a very fast 3:39.00, before setting an American Junior Record in the 5000m. That mark of 13:25.46 came at the US Outdoor Championships and placed fifth — even against the best senior level competition in America.

Even if more measured, Heath’s development has been every bit as impressive as his classmate’s. As a high school senior, Heath won two US Junior Championships against college freshman, taking the cross country and 5000m national age-group titles. The native of Winona left his home in Minnesota for Stanford University as the fastest prep two-miler in state history. Once at the Bay Area school, Heath would go on to become a ten-time All-American and win an individual NCAA Championship at 3000m in 2011. ¬†Upon graduation, Heath continued his progression, running new personal bests at the 1500m and mile distances, and clocking a near-PB of 13:28 to place seventh at the US Olympic Trials for 5000m.

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