Release and Photo Courtesy of Corey Stolzenbach, McAlester News-Capital
Some student athletes commit to a school months in advance. For Andres Lujano, that was not the case.
Lujano is fresh off of his high school graduation from Hartshorne, and committed just recently to Carl Albert State College’s cross country program. The turnaround was complete on Thursday when Lujano officially signed with the program.
CASC is receiving a three-sport athlete at the high school level, as he also played football and basketball, and Hartshorne does not have a cross country program.
He gave his reasoning for choosing CASC. “It’s close to here and it’s close to home, so I can just come back here and visit all the time,” Lujano said.
Lujano competed May 4-5 in the Class 3A state championships at Moore. He came in 15th place in the Class 3A 1600 meter run with a 4:51.11 time and was part of the Miners’ 4×800 boys relay squad that placed ninth with an 8:48.35 time.
“You can’t ask for a better student athlete, he’s very competitive on top of being a great student athlete, he’s a well rounded individual,” Hartshorne head track Coach Jeff Beare said about Lujano.
Lujano is joining a CASC cross country program that will be entering its second season of existence in 2018. He is part of head coach Aaron Emberton’s first real recruiting class, and Emberton on Thursday called him Carl Albert’s fastest male runner.
He also said the student athlete aspect of Lujano really impressed him, saying he was really impressed by Lujano’s transcripts and the person Lujano is.
“From everybody I’ve talked with about him, all I hear about is his character,” Emberton said. “Of course his running’s there, but I hear about how good of a student he is, how good of a young man he is. That, to me, is the most important part. When I found out that he was such an exceptional young man and people thought highly of him, then that kind of made my decision to offer him a scholarship.”