By Phil Jensen
Friday, January 31st, 2014 at 8:22 pm in Uncategorized.
De La Salle High distance running star Blair Hurlock orally committed to Stanford tonight, he confirmed.
“It was a really tough decision. Ultimately, I felt that Stanford all-around was the right fit for me, and the official visit solidified that,” Hurlock said. “I knew Stanford was the school for me.”
Hurlock took an official visit to Stanford last week, one of five official visits he took. The senior narrowed his choices to Colorado, Wisconsin and Stanford before choosing the Cardinal. He said that he will run both cross country and track for Stanford.
Hurlock produced a superlative cross country season in 2013 for the Spartans. He broke a 12-year-old course record on the much-used 3.0 mile Hayward High course (14 minutes, 30 seconds) to win the North Coast Section Division I championship race. After placing fourth in the California Interscholastic Federation Division I boys state championship race (the highest finish by an East Bay high school athlete in the Division I boys state championship race since 2004), Hurlock was eighth at the Foot Locker West Regional at Mt. San Antonio College, then placed eighth in the Foot Locker National Finals with a time of 15:24 for the 3.1 Balboa Park-San Diego course.
He also set an East Bay Athletic League boys championship course record for the 2.95 mile Shadow Cliffs Regional Recreation Area-Pleasanton course (14:46.99) and earlier in the season set a course record on the 3-mile Newhall Park-Concord course (14:59) in the EBAL center meet.
Hurlock also placed 12th in the 3,200 meters in the CIF state championship track and field meet last year with a time of 9:11.47.