The San Jose State men's cross country team has signed two runners by National Letter of Intent to compete for the Spartans in Fall of 2010. Head coach Augie Argabright made the announcement.
Kellen Cole of Pleasanton, California will graduate this year from Amador Valley High School. There he competed in 36 total races and had two first place finishes by the end of his freshman year. In 2009 Cole had four top-10 finishes out of eight chances. His best finish of the year was seventh out of 129 in the NCS Cross Country Championships.
"I believe Kellen has the ability to develop into one of our top runners," said Argabright. "It would not surprise me if he is a major factor next season."
Juan Ruiz of Riverside, California was a 2007 graduate of Rubidoux High School and ran two seasons on the cross country team at Riverside Community College. At RCC he was a member of the 2008 championship track team, and was an individual conference champion in the 10 K race. Ruiz was named as a first team All-Sunkist League runner in both track and cross country by the Riverside County Record.
"Juan is going to have an immediate impact on our team," said Argabright. "He is a very determined young and has fought through some hard times to get where he is now."
"These two athletes are both great guys with extreme work ethic," said Argabright about the acquisitions. "I am very excited that they will be joining our program. It is not that easy to find athletes who understand the meaning "student athlete" and both these young men do. These two have a lot of character and pride and that will only help our team and university."