Former League Champ Joins Spartans

San Jose, Calif. -- One-time C.I.F. Division I top-10 runner Pedro Zaragoza has signed a National Letter-of-Intent to compete on the San Jose State University men's cross country team beginning in the 2011-12 academic year. Head coach Augie Argabright made the announcement.

"Pedro is going to make an instant impact on our team," says Argabright about the incoming transfer from Antelope Valley College. "His times from high school were incredible, and he was considered one of the best in California during his senior year. He is ready to have a huge season for Antelope Valley this spring, and we look forward to adding him on this fall."

Zaragoza's accomplishments during his senior year at Lancaster High earned him the 2008 Valley Press Male Runner of the Year award. He also landed a spot on the All-C.I.F. Division I Cross Country team. In December 2008, he was the Mayor of Lancaster's athlete of the month award for his postseason performance.

Zaragoza's push to the state meet started with a dominant victory by more than 20 seconds at the 2008 Golden League championship. He finished the 5K race in 15:32.23 and was first out of 51 runners.

He ended the '08 season placing 26th out of 194 runners at the State Championship meet with a 15:39 for 5K. At the end of the year, Zaragoza ranked fourth on the 2008 C.I.F.-State Division I Top-10 list.

Zaragoza currently competes for the Antelope Valley College cross country and track and field teams. As a freshman, Zaragoza owned the track team's fastest 5K time of 15:32.51. That time earned him first place honors in the 5K race at the Antelope Valley College Invitational in April 2009.

He finished eighth out of 49 in the 2009 Foothill Conference championships (4 miles). Later that year, he finished 69th out of 219 in the 2009 California Community College Championship with a four-mile time of 21:28.66.