Nico Young of Newbury Park sets national record at Woodbridge Cross Country Classic

Newbury Park High's Nico Young
Newbury Park High’s Nico Young approaches the finish line in the Doug Speck’s Boys’ Sweepstakes during the 39th annual Woodbridge Cross Country Invitational on Saturday at SilverLakes Sports Park in Norco, Calif. Young finished with a time of 13:39.7.
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There are moments in sports you never forget as a fan. High school cross-country fans who made the trip to Norco, Calif., on Saturday night and waited for the final race of the Woodbridge Cross Country Classic to see Nico Young of Newbury Park were rewarded with one of those memorable moments.

Young ran the three-mile course at SilverLakes Sports Complex in astounding fashion. He finished in a course record time of 13:39.7. He also set a national record. Craig Virgin owned the fastest time in history of 13:50.60 in the 1972 Illinois state championship.

It will go down as one of the best individual performances in California history. Newbury Park teammate Jace Aschbrenner finished second in 14:04.8.


No one should be surprised. Young won state and Southern Section titles last season as a junior and had been training well. He was poised to run his best in this prestigious event in which the boys sweepstakes race went off at 9:54 p.m.

Austin Montez of Great Oak recorded the fastest time in the rated race at 14:30.5.

Corie Smith of Clovis Buchanan won the girls’ sweepstakes race in 16:04.8.