Reno Native Runs To So-Cal

Jordan Cardenas, a Reno-based distance runner, commits to Biola University's cross country and track & field programs.

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LA MIRADA, CA (03/21/2014)(readMedia)-- The list of top-line recruits coming to Biola University's track & field and cross country programs continues to grow as the school year draws to a close.

Jordan Cardenas is a two-time Northern Nevada Regional cross country champion and was the 2012 Nevada State champion. He spent this year redshirting at the University of Portland before deciding to come join Head Coach Jonathan Zimmerman's squads.

Cardenas will pull double-duty at Biola, adding depth to the men's cross country contingent and offering a solid distance option for the track & field contingent.

He was the 2012-13 Gatorade runner of the year for the state of Nevada, and he enters the university with personal-bests of 4:21 in the 1,600m and 9:29 in the 3,200m.

"We are pleased to announce Jordan's addition to Biola's XC & T&F squads," said Zimmerman. "He is high-character and has integrity. He is a student-athlete that understands Biola's uniqueness as a bold, Christ-centered university."

Cardenas did not take up running until his freshman year of high school, but blossomed quickly following the transition from 10 years of playing tennis. He comes from a family of distance runners, with a brother who ran at the NCAA Division I level, and an uncle who is a four-time Olympian and Columbian national record-holder.

He will enter Biola in the fall of 2014 and plans to study theological/Biblical studies with hopes of becoming a pastor and church planter.