Oklahoma States German Fernandez is Giving Up His Eligibility to Turn Pro
June 29, 2012
German Fernandez placed 11th in his semi-final heat at the US Olympic Track and Field Trials in 3:43.78 and afterwards said it was his last race in Oklahoma State uniform as he has secured Tom Ratcliffe as an agent and will not be using his remaining eligibility at OSU. Fernandez who has already graduated from OSU, had a full-outdoor season left, and likely could have gotten another indoor season back.
Fernandez who won NCAAs as a true freshman in 2009, said he is not sure where he will train next year but he will consult with coach Dave Smith and Ratcliffe. Despite his incredible success at the 1500 as a true freshman in 2009, Fernandez says he believes his best distance is the 5,000 and then added "5000 and 10,000".
Fernandez says in the interview below, "I'm done with Oklahoma State. I'm going to purse my professional career."
Fernandez was not happy to not make the final, but came a long way in 2012 overcoming injury, only qualifying for the USATF meet on the final day. As for the season he said, "I came a long way, so I can't be too upset." When asked to look back at his career which saw him win NCAAs as a freshman he said, "It's been a bumpy road, but I've overcome obstacles. I'm going to keep getting better the next few years."
When asked to square how the 5000 can be his best event with him winning NCAAs in the 1500 as a true freshman he said, "I can't explain it. I was just on a roll. I was on top of the world and wasn't scared to race anybody even if I was an 18 year old leading the race. I just stuck to my plan and it worked out that year. Sometimes you just have to have luck."
Fernandez definitely has not had luck of late, but his talent is tremendous and that likely means his future is bright.
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