Nico Young of Newbury Park is national Gatorade runner of the year

Newbury Park senior Nico Young has been selected the Gatorade cross-country runner of the year.
(Raul Roa / Daily Pilot)

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.

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.