Riverbank's German Fernandez placed third in his first collegiate cross country race last weekend.
Fernandez, a freshman at Oklahoma State University, finished the 8-kilometer course in 24 minutes, 12 seconds. He finished just ahead of two teammates; they were running together as part of their team strategy.
Oklahoma State won its invitational.
"It went really well," Fernandez told okstate.com. "We stayed as a group the whole way. That was our plan; just don't go out too fast, go out smart. We just stayed strong the whole way so it was incredibly fitting that we finished together."
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At Riverbank High last season, Fernandez was a two-time state cross country champion and set the state 3,200-meter record at the CIF State Track and Field Championships.