- Two-time All-American Blanca Fernandez
has had a busy summer of training for her second and final year at Temple, and recently posted a bronze-medal performance in the 1,500 meter at the Spanish National Championships.
In a tight race to the finish, Fernandez missed winning the event by just over half a second, but her third-place time of 4:17.73 would be a new school record for the Owls. She set that record for the first time early in Temple's outdoor season this past spring, and broke the record twice more, most recently with a time of 4:19.62 at the NCAA Outdoor Championships.
Fernandez's performance now puts her within sight of qualifying for the Spanish Olympic Team for next summer's games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. If Fernandez were to win the event for Spain next year, she would guarantee herself a spot as long as her time hit the Olympic Standard in the event.
"Blanca's ability to remain focused throughout a long summer of training and racing is a testament to her competitiveness," said assistant coach James Snyder
. "To finish the year with her season-best mark while contending for a national title is no small feat. We're all incredibly proud of Blanca's accomplishments and are excited to have her back in Philly in a few weeks as we begin our pre-season preparation for the upcoming cross country season."
After joining the program at Temple in January, 2015, Fernandez is now set to compete for the Owls' cross country team for the first time this fall. Both the men's and women's cross country teams arrive back on campus on Aug. 18 to begin preparation for the upcoming season.