The Leon, Spain native has won every cross country race she’s run as an Owl this season, with her fourth and most recent victory being at the Princeton Invitational Saturday.
Fernandez finished first out of the 206 competitor field with a time of 20 minutes, 58 seconds. Her performance also helped the Owls finish in 14th place out of 24 teams at the Invitational.
“I think she can be all-American,” Snyder said. “She’s really in a class of her own.”
Snyder also said he was impressed with freshman Alexis O’Shea, who finished 80th overall with a time of 23 minutes, 15 minutes. Sophomore Kate Pinson finished 43nd place with a time of 22:26.7.
“Alexis really showed up on an important day and even set a personal record,” Snyder said.
Saturday’s race was the last race before the American Athletic Conference Championship meet Oct. 31.
“We are heading into our peak during the conference champs, so we’ll be running out best when it matters the most,” Snyder said.
The men’s squad finished 9th of 21 schools in the Princeton Invitational Saturday in Princeton, New Jersey.
Three Owls finished in the Top 40 out of the 181 competitors.
Senior Alex Izewski, senior Matt Kacyon and junior Stephan Listabarth finished finished 20th, 30th and 40th overall, respectively.
Freshman Johnathan Condly ran a personal-best 25 minutes, 45 seconds and 5 milliseconds and finished in 95th place.
“I’m happy with how Johnathan put himself into the mix as a freshman,” coach James Snyder said.
Snyder said his goal throughout the meets was to prepare his runners to be hitting season highs with American Athletic Conference Championships Oct. 31.
“We want to go down there and compete as the best team possible in two weeks,” Snyder said.
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