Young household custom continues: Lex Young wins Division II state title

The legacy of the operating Young brothers at Newbury Park Excessive might be talked about for years.

First there was Nico, a two-time state cross-country champion and Gatorade nationwide runner of the 12 months.

On Saturday at Woodward Park in Fresno, his brothers, twins Lex and Leo, ran one-two within the state Division II last, with Lex prevailing in 14 minutes 27.9 seconds, an all-time finest for Division II and third finest in course historical past.

Leo completed in 14:38.4 and Newbury Park teammate Aaron Sahlman made it a sweep in 14:41.1. The Panthers gained the Division II workforce championship, their fourth consecutive state title.

Coach Tanya Brosnan mentioned the twins’ purpose was to eclipse the course file however a fast tempo in the course of the second mile by way of some hills took a toll.

“Coming into today, the goal for those two was to try to break the record, the course record that was set by Herman Hernandez,” Brosnan mentioned of the Young brothers. “They fell a little short — couple seconds there. Lex missed it. But I think what happened is they just ran that second mile so hard. They ran that second mile with all the hills faster than they’ve ever run it. They were a couple seconds off what our goal was coming through one mile.

“They get a little disappointed with themselves for not accomplishing what they set out to do. But it took so much out of them that they didn’t have the finish that they were hoping for … so that was a little bit of a bummer there.”

Brosnan wasn’t upset with the workforce end. She seems to be ahead to competing within the Nike nationals in Portland, Ore., subsequent weekend.

“It does say a lot about the program, about the culture that we’ve developed here,” she mentioned of successful the state state. “Overall, for the team, it was great. No. 1 goal next week is to come away with the national win.”

Temecula Nice Oak gained the boys’ Division I workforce title, edging San Clemente. Matthew Donis of Palmdale ran 14:51.3 to win the person title.

Fresno Buchanan took the Division I ladies’ workforce title, with Rancho Cucamonga ending second.

In Division II ladies, sophomore Sadie Engelhardt of Ventura gained the person title, operating the quickest time of the day in 16:57.9

In Division III boys, sophomore Evan Noonan of Dana Hills raced to victory in 15:04.3

In Division IV boys, junior Emmanuel Perez of L.A. Cathedral gained the person title in 15:05.4. La Canada St. Francis took the workforce title, edging second-place Cathedral.

Payton Godsey of Westlake Village Oaks Christian grew to become the primary runner in class historical past to win a person title, operating 17:00.1 to take the Division IV ladies’ title by 27 seconds. Her father, Brian, was monitor and cross-country coach at Woodland Hills Taft. San Juan Capistrano JSerra gained the workforce title.

Employees author Luca Evans contributed to this report.