June 2, 2014
Two top-20 runners in the California State Cross Country Championship, Josue (hoe-sway) Gonzalez and Craig Huff, have signed a National Letter-of-Intent to join the San José State University cross country program beginning fall 2014.
“Both Craig and Josue bring experience and a strong upside to our program,” said Spartans distance coach Brad Wick. “They will both have an immediate impact on the team this fall.”
Gonzalez of Arcadia (Calif.) High School and Huff of Marina High School in Huntington Beach, Calif., finished in 14th and 17th place, respectively, in a field of 194 at the 2013 state championship as seniors.
Gonzalez’s performance helped carry Arcadia High to its second consecutive California Division I team championship. It was his fourth top-25 finish in a 5,000-meter event during his senior year. He finished third at the Apache Invitational, 19th at the Clovis Invitational and 24th at the Stanford Cross Country Invitational.
“Josue brings great work ethic to the team,” Wick said. “He has the experience being in a big-time high school program that is used to finishing at the top.”
Huff was also in the top-25 at the Stanford Invitational, taking 12th place in the field of 166. Later in the year, Huff finished fourth in a field of 129 at the Mt. SAC Cross Country Invitational and 12th at the CIF South Section Championships (2.93 miles) with a personal-best 15:08. More top finishes for Huff include third place in the South Section Prelims, and 22nd place at the Woodbridge Cross Country Classic.“Craig is developing into a fantastic distance runner,” said Wick. “He has a strong upside.”
Both Gonzalez and Huff are experienced outdoor track and field competitors in the 1600 and 3200 events. Both runners were also a part of their school’s 4x1600 relay team.