Men's cross country adds three top high school athletes for next year

The San Jose State University men’s cross country team announced the addition of three incoming freshmen for next year’s squad. All three student-athletes are ranked in California’s top-75 high school seniors in cross country.

Kevin Word from Long Beach Poly High School is ranked in the state’s top 30. Victor Ortiz and Mobin Ghouri, both from Rubidoux High School in Riverside, were ranked 38th and 61st respectively.

"This may be our best recruiting class ever. There will be an instant impact on our team with these recruits," noted Spartan head coach Augie Argabright. "One thing that impressed me the most about these guys was their main objective is to get to the cap and gown. They are really great runners, but they also excel in the classroom."

Word was the Moore League Champion in 2002 and was named second team all state. He was named Long Beach Poly’s "Pursuit of Excellence Award" as the school’s top senior student-athlete this year. He was also the league champion in the 1,600-meter run in track and was a member of the schools 4x800-meter relay, ranked No. 1 in the U.S. Penn Relays.

Ortiz, a first team All-Sunkist League pick last season, was a member of the 2001 state championship team. In 2002, Rubidoux was the state champion runner-up that was ranked 22nd in the nation by Harrier Magazine. He was also an all-league pick in track, for the 1,600 and 3,200-meter runs.

Ghouri was another first team All-Sunkist League pick and a members of Rubidoux’s 2001 and 2002 teams. He was also named an All-Riverside County selection in 2001 and 2002.

All three student-athletes will attend San Jose State beginning in the fall 2003 semester.