Joseba Sarriegui (1985-1987)
Sarriegui was a two-year member of the cross country, indoor track and field, and outdoor track and field teams at Alfred State. In his time wearing the Pioneer uniform he established himself as one of the top distance runners in school history.
In cross country, Sarriegui was a two-time NJCAA Division I All American. He finished 14th overall in 1985 and 3rd overall in 1986. He helped his team to third place national finishes both years. He still currently holds the school record for the fastest 8K (24:40).
During the 1987 indoor track and field season, Sarriegui led Alfred to an 8th place finish at Nationals. During that competition he earned a 3rd place finish in the two-mile race. In outdoor track and field competition, Sarriegui established the top time in school history in the 5,000 m (14:28.2). He also is part of the record setting 3,200 meter relay team (7:53.06). Indoors he holds the 3,000 m record (8:37.3).
After finishing at Alfred State, Sarriegui went on to Wake Forest University on a full scholarship. He also competed in the Spanish Championships in the 3,000 m. steeplechase, the 5,000 m., the 10,000 m, half marathon, and cross country competitions.
Currently, Sarriegui teaches and coaches in Spain where he lives with his wife Nuria and his children Jon and Maianne. Sarriegui has coached athletes that now compete internationally.