Nico Young's Course Record Leads Newbury Park To NXN Title

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When Nico Young and Newbury Park head coach Sean Brosnan plotted out the senior’s cross country season, they decided early for him race conservatively throughout much of the fall in order to save his best for Nike Cross Nationals.

Based on Young’s dominant victory on Saturday at soggy Glendoveer Golf Course, the strategy paid off nicely as the southern California product ran wire-to-wire en route to a 14:52 5k course record amid steady rainfall in Portland. He broke the 14:57 previous mark set by another California prep, Liam Anderson, last season.

Young made an aggressive breakaway within the race’s first kilometer and was never challenged from there. A three-second lead at one mile (4:38) grew to eight seconds by two miles (9:29) as Young steadily ramped up his tempo. His margin of victory over runner-up Josh Methner of Illinois (15:06) was 14 seconds.

Another Midwest athlete, Caleb Brown from Ohio, was third in 15:08.

A national title ties a bow on an incredible season for Young. In September, he set a three-mile national record of 13:39 at the Woodbridge Cross Country Classic in Norco, California, before winning a second straight Division II CIF State title last Saturday in Fresno. His winning time there, 14:28, was just four seconds shy of the state record held by German Fernandez. Young and Brosnan said he was holding back in that race, a strong claim considering how close he came to the record.

Young Recaps His Record-Breaking Run At NXN

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But Young validated that claim on Saturday in Portland with one of the most impressive runs in NXN history.

Led by Young’s victory, his Newbury Park squad won the NXN boys’ team title with 128 points. They beat another California school, Great Oak (Temecula) by a slim four points. Great Oak had a minuscule 10-second spread but their first runner was way back in 54th place.

NCAA Cancels DI Cross Country Championships This Fall

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The 2020 DI NCAA XC Championships, which were to be held this November in Stillwater, OK have officially been canceled by the NCAA. NCAA President Mark Emmert announced the cancellation was due to a majority (over 50%) of institutions canceling their fall seasons.

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Big Ten, Pac-12 Call Off Fall Sports

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Two of the NCAA’s Power 5 conferences won’t be competing this fall. The Big Ten and the Pac-12 are suspending fall sports, including cross country, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

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Stahl, Vetter Post Big Throws In Turku

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The Continental Tour kicked off on Tuesday with the first stop taking place in Turku, Finland. As expected, the throws stole the show.

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How to Watch: 2020 World Athletics Continental Tour | Turku

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Here's how to watch the 2020 World Athletics Continental Tour: Turku on FloTrack in the United States.

Ritz-Led On Athletics Club Rolls Out Inaugural Roster

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On Running, the Swiss-based shoe company, just released its full roster for the newly formed On Athletics Club. 

Erriyon Knighton Has Arrived With 200m National Record

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Erriyon Knighton put everyone on notice on Friday. 

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London Marathon To Go Forward As Elite-Only Race On October 4

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Organizers of the postponed 2020 Virgin Money London Marathon announced today that the gala 40th edition their event would proceed as an elite-only race on a closed course within St. James's Park in Central London on Sunday, October 4.  Organizers said that they would create a "secure biosphere," a contained COVID-safe environment, which would allow the race to be run on a small circuit, at least for top athletes.  Citizen runners will only be able to participate remotely, running on their own.

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NCAA Division II/III Fall Championships Canceled

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Fall sports national championships for NCAA Division II and Division III have been canceled. 

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Tamaal Myers Is Ready For His Encore At AAU

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One of the most anticipated races of the AAU Junior Olympic Games this week is led by an athlete that few might know about. 

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Confidence Is Key For Aly Conyers Ahead Of The AAU JO Games

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With less than one week until the AAU Junior Olympic Games, Heathwood Hall's (SC) Aly Conyers is ready to see the results of her season's -- or to some, pandemic -- training finally pay off.

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