He is a 1995 graduate of Winslow High and was a track and basketball athlete during his playing days here.
He went to college at Northern Arizona University where he was a track athlete.
Hernandez said that although Winslow lost some top quality athletes, there are a number of good competitors returning.
The girls’ squad has seniors Daphne Barton, Heather Johnson and Joanna Black returning along with junior Larissa Bratt. Hernandez said that he is especially excited about the presence of freshman runner Janeen Yazzie who has a great deal of potential.
The boys’ squad features seniors Billy Wilcox, Mark Rostedt and Ron Hoover. Joseph Ricks is a sophomore with considerable potential.
The 3A North or Enchantment Region is especially tough in cross country competition with the likes of Hopi, Monument Valley, Window Rock and Tuba City always fielding potential state championship teams.
Winslow will open the season at the Hopi Invitational Meet at Polacca on Sept. 3. The second outing for the Winslow teams will be at the Pepsi Invitational Meet in Flagstaff on Sept. 7.