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Eric Fernandez
Height: 6'3"
Year: Senior
Hometown: Ballwin, Mo.
High School: Parkway West HS
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Eric Fernandez
Courtesy: Arkansas
Release: 09/06/2008

2011: During his junior season, Fernandez earned All-America, All-Region and All-SEC accolades and was named the SEC Runner of the Year. At the season-opening Arkansas Invitational, he won his first of two races of the year with a 6.6K run of 20:30.02. He was the Razorbacks' top runner in all five team races of the season. He finished in eighth-place overall at the Cowboy Jamboree in Stillwater, Okla., with an 8K time of 24:13.80. Fernandez was sixth at the Chile Pepper Festival with a season-best 10K time of 29:29.6. He paced the Razorbacks to the team title at the SEC Championships, running to the individual title with a season-best 8K time of 24:10.60. For his effort, Fernandez was named to the All-SEC First Team. He continued his string of top-10 finishes at the NCAA South Central Regional Championships with a runner-up showing. Fernandez represented Arkansas at the NCAA Championships in Terre Haute, Ind., where he finished in 38th overall place with a 10K time of 30:10.4, good for his first career All-America accolades.

2010: Fernandez finished inside Arkansas' top four in all six races he competed in during the season. He earned All-SEC First Team honors at the conference meet as the Razorbacks' second finisher and the meet's sixth-place runner. He navigated the 8K course in a time of 24:10.12 to help propel Arkansas to the SEC team title. At the NCAA South Central Regional meet, he finished fourth overall and was the Razorbacks' third finisher in the race. He posted a time of 30:15.5 and was named to the All-Region Team. In his second appearance at the national meet, Fernandez was once again the team's third finisher at the NCAA Championships and finished 79th overall with a 10K time of 30:56.9. At the Stanford Invitational, he crossed 11th overall in an 8K time of 23:52. Arkansas finished second at the meet behind the host Cardinal by 12 points. Fernandez had a 10K time of 30:02.22 at the Chile Pepper Festival in Fayetteville, a season-best effort at that distance.

2009: Fernandez began the season at the Arkansas Invitational where he clocked a four-mile time of 20:06.0, good for a runner-up finish. He was unable to compete in the remainder of the season because of an injury and earned a redshirt for 2009.

2008: Fernandez made his Razorback debut at the Arkansas Dual where he ran to a fourth-place finish and was the second Razorback to cross the line. He clocked a four-mile time of 20:03.2. He earned SEC Freshman of the Week honors for his 19th-place finish at the Stanford Invitational. The third freshman overall to cross the finish line, Arkansas' first freshman to cross the line and the Razorbacks' third runner overall, he clocked an 8K time of 25:00. He was the top UA freshman finisher and rounded out Arkansas' scoring five at the Chile Pepper Festival. He finished 36th overall in his first collegiate 10K race, clocking a time of 30:40.25. He was the fifth freshman overall to cross the finish line. He finished 21st overall at the SEC Championships with an 8,000-meter time of 24:43.51. He was the second Razorback to cross the line and was seventh overall at the NCAA South Central Regional Championships, clocking at 30:53.7. He concluded the season as the second Razorback finisher at the NCAA Championships with a time of 31:17.1.

AT PARKWAY WEST HS: Fernandez was a cross country scholar athlete all four years of his high school career and was named a U.S. Marines Distinguished Athlete. While at Parkway West High School, he finished 11th, ninth and first in the cross country state meet during his sophomore, junior and senior seasons, respectively. During his senior cross country season, he went undefeated and capped it off with the state title. In the state track meet, Fernandez ran the 3,200 meters and finished in the top six every year, winning the event during his junior season. From 2005 to 2007, he was named both all-metro and all-state in track and cross country. In 2007, Fernandez was named the Missouri Cross Country Gatorade athlete of the season. He led his team to a second-place finish at the state cross country championships in 2007 and to conference championships in 2006 and 2007.

PERSONAL: Born March 14, 1990 in Princeton, N.J., he is the son of Juan and Joan Fernandez. He is enrolled in the Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences and is majoring in history. He was a member of the 2010 SEC Spring Academic Honor Roll and the 2009 SEC Freshman Academic Honor Roll. Fernandez was also a member of the 2009 and 2010 Arkansas Athletic Department Spring Athletic Director's Honor Roll (3.50-3.99 GPA) and the 2009 Arkansas Athletic Department Fall Honor Roll (3.0-3.49 GPA).


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