Nico Young of Newbury Park, the nation’s top cross-country runner, received a surprise visit at school on Thursday morning.
He was presented the award as the Gatorade national cross-country runner of the year for 2019. He beat out more than 300,000 other student athletes for the honor.
Young won races this last year that made him a Southern Section, state and national champion.
Course records for everybody here today!!— CIF Southern Section (@CIFSS) November 23, 2019
Nico Young of Newbury Park beat his own record of 14:24 going 13:54 😱😱
Team mate Jace Aschbrenner also below Nico’s previous record making them 1 and 2 in course history!!#CIFSSCrossCountry 🎽 | @SoCaliFord pic.twitter.com/rhjTrCgHDg
He also could be the fastest 3,200-meter runner in the nation this spring. He set an indoor record last month at the Millrose Games in New York.
He’s headed to Northern Arizona.